What People Are Saying

“Things I Love About Being Downtown: 1) Parades. 2) People Watching. 3) Shopping. 4) Walking. 5) Dining. 6) 1st Thursday & much more!” Carol M.

September 2015
Santa Barbara is one of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” according to Livability.com

June 2015

“California Uncorked: 5 Wine Regions to Swirl & Sip”
“23 Best Romantic Weekend Destinations on the West Coast”
“10Best U.S. Destinations For Introverts”
“The Top 10 U.S. Beaches of 2015”
“America’s 20 Coolest Beach Towns”
August 2015
Santa Barbara County is the third most desirable place to live in the U.S., according to “Every County in America, Ranked by Scenery and Climate” by The Washington Post.
“Top 10 Family-Friendly Weekend Destinations on the West Coast”
“8 spots for the perfect end-of-summer weekend getaway”

I love being able to walk down to restaurants, shopping, theater, etc. and walk home. My husband’s business is right in the heart of town. Our entire lives are centered in downtown Santa Barbara and we wouldn’t have it any other way!” Deborah B.

May 2015

Sunset Magazine crowns Santa Barbara as Best Beach Town in their 2015 Travel Awards special edition magazine.
Santa Barbara’s East Beach makes Dr. Beach’s annual list of “Best 10 Best Beaches in the United States” in Condé Nast Traveler, also featured in Fox News, Yahoo! Travel, Discovery News and International Business Times.
Santa Barbara is among BuzzFeed’s “11 Cities with the Most Beautiful Commutes.”
Santa Barbara is number one in Brit+Co’s list of “17 places to Visit for Your Post-Grad Vacation.”
DatingAdvice.com includes Santa Barbara in the “15 Best Cities for Newlyweds.”

April 2015

Condé Nast Traveler distinguishes Santa Barbara’s mouthwatering plates and pours in “America’s Best Food Cities: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014.”
Santa Barbara is the number one destination on Jet Setter’s “11 Hot Beach Escapes” list.

March 2015

Santa Barbara’s East Beach makes the top 10 “Best California Beach” USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards contest.
Sideways is listed as one of the most “Iconic Drives from the Movies” in MSN Travel.

“Full of life and diversity with an endless array of things to do and see!” Stephanie P., FLOAT Luxury Spa

February 2015

Santa Barbara earns a spot in CBS Los Angeles’ list of “Best Spring Break 2015 Destinations Near Los Angeles For College Students.”
Santa Barbara was named among the “2015 U.S. Best Ranked Cities for Hotels” by Trivago.com.

January 2015

Condé Nast Traveler includes Sideways among “The 50 Best Travel Films of the Past 50 Years.”

December 2014

Yahoo! Travel announces Santa Barbara as one of the top 10 most searched travel spots of 2014 in “The Results Are in: the Most Searched Hotels, Airlines, and Destinations of 2014.”

Travel + Leisure lists Santa Barbara among the “Best Places to Spend Christmas.”

November 2014

Santa Barbara is included in Sunset Magazine’s “Best of the Coast” edition as a must-see destination in Southern California.

Santa Barbara makes the list of “10 Places to Hike, Bike and Sip” in RoadTripsForWine.com and numerous other outlets.

Badass U lists Santa Barbara among the “Top 100 Badass Places in the World!”

“I love living downtown! There is no place like it in the world. I can walk down to the beach in the morning, grab a cup of coffee from Santa Barbara RoCo on the way, and watch the sun rise! Walking back, I often window shop and stop for breakfast at one of so many quaint little restaurants. It’s a life-style choice! I wouldn’t trade it!” Ruth Ann B., Coldwell Banker Realtor

October 2014

Santa Barbara and its family-friendly zoo top the list of CBS Los Angeles’ “Best Day Trips on a Budget Near Los Angeles.”

September 2014

“America’s Best Cities for Fall Travel” - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/travel-leisure/americas-best-cities-for_b_5732294.html  (Slide 5) Huffington Post

August 2014

Gogobot includes Santa Barbara as a part of its “6 kid-approved family road trips in the U.S.”

July 2014

Conde Nast Traveler lists Santa Barbara among “The 10 Best Small Cities in America”.

Fodors ranks Santa Barbara for its Mediterranean climate and various activities in “20 Best Day Trips in the U.S.”

Mashable concludes that Santa Barbara’s ocean is great for swimming in “The 50 Best Swimming Cities in the U.S.”

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