Santa Barbara has been considered “The American Riviera®” for over a century. A self-contained paradise conveniently located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Santa Barbara is surrounded by undeveloped coastline with the Channel Islands National Park offshore and the Los Padres National Forest inland.
The city’s signature red tile roofs, white washed buildings and lush gardens are nestled between a dramatic mountain range and the sparkling sea, evoking the topography and architectural aesthetic of the European Riviera—with a distinctly Californian twist. Simultaneously sophisticated and bohemian, easy-going and energetic, Santa Barbara offers big city caliber arts and entertainment, a refined collection of resorts and hideaways and abundant outdoor adventures both on land and at sea. Add a thriving wine country world-renowned for its pinot noir and a hyper-local cuisine scene, and there’s no denying that Santa Barbara is a place that has elevated living well to an art form.