Coastal Destinations

Santa Barbara County vacation guide with hotel and vacation information for City of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito, Santa Maria, Carpinteria, Lompoc and Buelton.

Santa Barbara is well known for it's popular beaches, fine dining and colorful harbor area. The mission at Santa Barbara with it's rose garden is a popular attraction and is the western headquarters of the Franciscan Order, which has been in continuous use since its founding in 1782.

Goleta lies north of the City of Santa Barbara and is home to the University of California at Santa Barbara. Carpinteria lies south of Santa Barbara and features Santa Claus Lane and more nice beaches.

Northern Santa Barbara County features the Santa Ynez valley with Lake Cachuma, vineyards and horse ranches for the rich and famous. Discover the Danish village of Solvang with it's charming gift shops and delicious pastries. Bordering San Luis Obispo County in the north lies Santa Maria, home of the Santa Barbara County Fair and originator of the tri-tip barbeque.

Offshore, the Santa Barbara Islands were once the home of the now-extinct Canali–o Indians and were visited in 1542 by the Portuguese navigator Juan Rodr’guez Cabrillo, who is reputedly buried on one of them. The larger islands support sheep and cattle ranches. Santa Catalina Island is a noted resort, and San Clemente is used as a training ground by the U.S. Navy. Channel Islands National Park embraces Anacapa, San Miguel, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and Santa Rosa islands. Seeping oil from a ruptured underwater well in the Santa Barbara Channel caused widespread ecological damage to several of the northern islands in 1969.