THE WEATHER: The average temperature Santa Barbara is approximately 76 degrees. The weather here has been noted to be some of the best in the world by the National Weather Service.
ACTIVITIES: Along with opportunities for taking in all the wonderful cultural events, popular activities for the area include golfing, fishing, hiking, surfing, kite surfing, water skiing, harbor cruises, sunbathing, and moonlight strolls along the beach. With room for much growth, the thriving downtown, harbor hotel convention centers draw international visitors year-round. The Harbor is home to thousands of boats; sailboats, power cruisers and a working fishing fleet. Along with serving as an entrance to cruise ship passengers, harbor activities include; waterfront shops and restaurants, slips, sport fishing charters, whale watching tours, scuba trips, kayaking, and boat rentals.
HISTORY: “The historic City of Santa Barbara – was incorporated by the California Legislature in 1850. The city was named Saint Barbara by Spanish navigator Juan Cabrillo and the Santa Barbara Mission was built in 1786. As intercontinental travel became easier, the city was discovered by wealthy Europeans who moved to the area and started developing the area. Along with Mediterranean-style buildings, sandstone walls became a major feature of Santa Barbara architecture when Giovanni Menegon and his family moved from Italy to Santa Barbara in 1910. He and future generations of his family (some of them architects) helped create a wonderful influence in shaping Santa Barbara, creating sustainable design that has continued to influence Santa Barbara architecture since.
The city has a number of exciting locations of interest for major motion picture production companies, television, commercials, still photography and student productions. Historic structures, harbors and marinas, beaches, ocean views, residential and business districts can all be found within the City of Santa Barbara. Many filmmakers have chosen Santa Barbara as the ideal location for their production.
SAFETY RANKINGS: Identified by the FBI as one of the safest counties in the United States, Santa Barbara County attracts plenty of business and investment capital, but maintains the look and feel of small towns with distinct identities.