Fast Facts on
Santa Barbara

LOCATION: Along the Pacific Coast, Santa Barbara serenely sits just 92 miles (148 kilometers) north of Los Angeles and 332 miles (534 kilometers) south of San Francisco.

POPULATION: Approximately 90,412 residents reside within Santa Barbara city limits.  435,697 reside in all of Santa Barbara County.

TIME ZONE: Santa Barbara is in the Pacific Time Zone, observing daylight savings times from mid-March to early November.

WEATHER: Moderate year-round Mediterranean climate 15-20 degrees C/60-80 degrees F. Learn more

TRANSPORTATION: Visitors may arrive via scenic Highway 1 (101), daily stops on Amtrak trains or air service via:

  • Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is 8 mi/3 kilometers drive north of downtown. Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and United Airlines service the airport with non-stop service from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Portland, Seattle and Dallas.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 90 mi/148 kilometers drive with non-stop services to 106 destinations.
  • Bob Hope Burbank Airport (BUR) 100 mi/160 kilometers with non-stop services to 14 destinations.

TAXES: 8% sales tax, 12% hotel occupancy tax.

BEACHES: Twenty-five beaches stretch approximately 100 miles/160 kilometers of south-facing, scenic shoreline. Learn More

OUTDOORS: 55 parks and 8 public gardens offer an array of outdoor recreation and activities. Learn More

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: 13 major attractions, museums & points of interest including: Channel Islands National Park known as the Galapagos of North America.

LODGING: Countywide, Santa Barbara offers 143 properties with 9,114 hotel rooms from economy to luxury. Learn More

RESTAURANTS: Over 450 restaurants. Learn More

ENTERTAINMENT: 6 major performance venues, 200 annual classic and contemporary stage productions and lively nightlife at local breweries, bars and pubs.

VINEYARDS & WINERIES: 220 vineyards are located on 23,000 acres countywide representing six American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) and 36 wine tasting rooms are accessible in walkable downtown along the Urban Wine Trail. Learn More

GOLF COURSES: 6 golf courses. Learn More

LARGEST MEETING VENUE: Earl Warren Fairgrounds 35,000 sq. ft.

LARGEST HOTEL: 360 committable guestrooms; 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.


ACCOLADES: Voted “Best Beach Town” by Sunset magazine in its inaugural travel awards in 2015 and one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “30 Best Small Cities in America” in its Readers’ Choice Awards. U.S. News & World Report lists Santa Barbara among “The 12 Best Cities for a Weekend Getaway


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