Santa Barbara, California Guide | Fodor's Travel
Santa Barbara Travel Guide
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    Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara has long been an oasis for Los Angelenos seeking respite from big-city life. The attractions begin at the ocean and end in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains. A few miles up the coast east and west—but still very much a part of Santa Barbara—are the exclusive residential districts of Montecito and Hope Ranch. Santa Barbara is on a jog in the coastline, so the ocean is actually to the south, instead of the west. "Up" the coast toward San Francisco is west, "down" toward Los Angeles is east, and the mountains are north.

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