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Make a holiday home, condo, apartment, villa, cottage or house in Santa Barbara, California, USA your home away from home

The city of Santa Barbara is situated on the California coast of the USA about 90 miles (140km) to northwest of Los Angeles. A popular coastal city, self catering accommodation in Santa Barbara is a great choice for holidaymakers looking to enjoy the beaches and great weather of southern California, but who want to be within reach of a great many attractions too.

Things to do on holiday in Santa Barbara, California, USA

Villas near Santa Barbara are usually popular for one of two reasons – either to enjoy the beaches and have a relaxing holiday, or to use as a base to explore more of southern California. Those who want to spend time on the beaches will find there are many excellent beaches here. East Beach is the most popular with its beautiful white sand and palm trees. There’s ample opportunity for swimming, but the city is also a good destination for surfing too.

Visitors who enjoy keeping active will find that self catering accommodation in Santa Barbara is ideally placed to enjoy many leisure activities. There are numerous golf courses in the city and the surrounding area for example, or head into the Santa Ynez Mountains for some scenic hiking. This is also a wine producing region so wine tours and tastings are on the menu for some visitors to Santa Barbara.

Places to visit on holiday in Santa Barbara, California, USA

One of the best known places to visit in the city is the Santa Barbara Mission with its Spanish style architecture, white washed walls and red roof, but you don’t have to go the mission to see this. One of the striking things about Santa Barbara is the abundance of adobe style buildings as this is the preferred architectural style here. Perhaps you’ll stay in a villa near Santa Barbara that has been built in this way!

In addition to the mission, other places to visit in Santa Barbara include several museums, such as the Museum of Art, and the Museum of Natural History. Santa Barbara Zoo, and also Santa Barbara Botanic Garden are popular visits too and then there’s the attractive Stearns Wharf. This historic wharf is a great place for a meal, or shopping.

The weather in Santa Barbara, California, USA

The year round warm Mediterranean climate makes self catering accommodation in Santa Barbara popular at any time of the year. Summer is the hottest and driest time of year with average temperatures in the mid 20’s °C (high 70’s °F). Winter is also a perfect time to visit especially for enjoying golf or leisure activities with a warm average temperature of 18°C (64°F) in January.

Travel to Santa Barbara, California, USA

There is an airport in Santa Barbara though this handles domestic flights only, however getting to villas near Santa Barbara is still relatively easy as visitors fromEuropecan catch a flight to Los Angeles with numerous airlines then catch a connecting flight to Santa Barbara with United Express or American Eagle. Another option is to drive from Los Angeles as LAX is about 100 miles (160km) distant.

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