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Welcome to Santa Barbara, California: a captivating blend of colorful history, distinctive architecture, and legendary Southern California lifestyle. Basking in a lush, year-round Mediterranean climate with 25 miles of prime Pacific coastline, a thriving arts community, extraordinary shopping and dining and scenic wine country, Santa Barbara instills all the components of a world-class destination. Known around the world as the American Riviera®, Santa Barbara rests between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Just 92 miles north of Los Angeles and 332 miles south of San Francisco, Santa Barbara is easily accessible for visitors from around the world.
Downtown Hosts (805) 962-2098 ext. 23
The program’s mission is to welcome visitors and locals to the downtown area, help direct them to area shops, restaurants, cultural venues and historic sites while answering questions and handing out the Downtown Map & Guide. Downtown Hosts are volunteers who are a valuable resource and a friendly face of the community, creating a warm, vibrant, welcoming environment for visitors, workers and business owners. As knowledgeable ambassadors, they promote downtown Santa Barbara as a premier shopping, dining and cultural destination. Downtown Hosts are located at Hot Spots at 36 State Street and at Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center at 800 State Street from noon to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday’s from May 23 to September 27.
To learn more on Santa Barbara, we invite you to visit the web sites listed below.
City of Santa Barbara
City of Santa Barbara Police Department
City of Santa Barbara Redevelopment Agency
County of Santa Barbara
Metropolitan Transit District (MTD)
Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission
Santa Barbara County Arts Commission
Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce
University of California Santa Barbara