If you’re looking for an authentic, locals-only experience in Santa Barbara County a trip to Goleta, known as “The Good Land”, is in order. Whether you’re in Goleta for business or pleasure, you’re sure to find something for everyone in Santa Barbara’s neighboring city.
Goleta is located just minutes from the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, Amtrak Goleta train station, or easily by car just off Highway 101.
Discover the city’s three major shopping centers, each just a few block away from nearby hotels featuring an eclectic mix of brand name stores as well as local retailers and host to local farmers markets multiple days a week. Take a break from the shopping excursions and grab a bite to eat in the Calle Real Shopping Center, or sit down with a refreshing brew at Hollister Brewing Co. in the Camino Marketplace.
Can’t get enough of that coastal fresh air? Spend a day or two at sea or on land for an outdoor adventure worthy of writing home about. Paddleboard off the shores of Goleta Beach where you’ll get close up views of dolphins and sea lions or surf among the locals at the acclaimed Campus Point surf break. Hike the hills and explore the class 3 climbing at The Playgrounds hiking trail in the surrounding mountains. Go on an early morning nature walk through the Butterfly Preserve and watch butterflies come to life as the sun comes up. Or go for a leisurely ride on the Coast Route bike path that crosses the wooded and seaside landscapes of Goleta and Isla Vista.
Enjoy the best in family friendly nightlife at the West Wind Drive-In Theater where you can kick back in your car or truck with the whole family for a double feature of the latest movies. Take to the lanes for a classic night of bowling at Zodo’s or skate, spin, and swish across the ice rink at Ice in Paradise. If you’re looking to get the last of the wiggles out of the kids before settling in for the night, bounce it out at Cloud Ten Jump Club’s trampoline gym.
Goleta truly is The Good Land of Santa Barbara with family friendly activities and locals-only haunts all within a 10-mile stretch of beautiful coastal and agricultural land.