Known internationally as “The American Riviera,” world-renowned Santa Barbara offers a combination of climate, culture, recreational activities and cosmopolitan atmosphere unequalled in North America. Nestled against a backdrop of the dramatic Santa Ynez Mountains, and with the dazzling Pacific Ocean at its feet, this enchanted town of approximately 90,000 fortunate residents emanates a distinctly Mediterranean ambiance enhanced by its temperate weather, Spanish-influenced architecture, fine dining, nearby wine country, and the diversity and sophistication of its locals and visitors alike.
Culturally rich, Santa Barbara hosts its own symphony orchestra, ballet and theater troupes, historical and art museums, and both public and private universities and colleges. Golf, tennis, hiking, bicycling, swimming, sailing and surfing are just a few of the activities this recreational paradise has to offer, in addition to a nearly endless selection of shopping, art galleries and restaurants.
Santa Barbara’s annual, week-long “Old Spanish Days” Fiesta, as well as its Summer Solstice Celebration and International Film and I Madonnari Festivals celebrate the vivid, internationally-influenced lifestyle for which this dynamic community has gained worldwide acclaim.