Life in Santa BARBARE-- TALE !!!

Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the mountains of Santa Ynez south of Los Angeles, the resort area of ​​Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara) is often called the California Riviera because of the beautiful weather, the colorful Mediterranean architecture and magnificent seaside location.

Attractions Santa Barbara

In addition to many, many kilometers of excellent beaches (the best are West Beach, East Beach, Butterfly Beach and Ledetter Beach) and green mountain slopes, there are noteworthy Courthouse Santa Barbara County (1929) with a clock tower 24 height meters, the majestic Franciscan monastery and church of the Spanish mission of Santa Barbara (1786), National historic park Spanish fort El Presidio de Santa Barbara (1782) with its famous chapel, the Art Museum, the Maritime Museum, and also a botanical garden and a zoo.

Just above the town begins the "wine country" Santa Barbara Wine Country, with three dozen family wineries producing premium California wines.

Beach holiday in Santa Barbara

City of Santa Barbara beaches popular with tourists and locals. On the coast are always quite crowded, but before ten in the morning, you can enjoy your holiday in relative seclusion.

Despite the cool ocean breeze in the summer season, from April-May to October, while in the sun, do not forget the sunscreen and hats. The water temperature during the year varies from 16 to 19 ° C, but in the summer months can rise to 21 ° C in the shallow waters.

Along the urban beaches of Santa Barbara are restaurants, bars and small stalls where you can buy water, snacks, hot dogs and ice cream.

On the coast of Santa Barbara, in the sand and on the bottom, there are a small amount of resin due to natural factors and the pollution of the ocean and oil. That is why the shoes are generally better not to shoot, even going for a swim. sticky resin particles are washed well with olive oil, but it is best to avoid contact with hair and clothing. The amount of resin on the beach depends on the wind and currents. The highest concentration is observed between Goleta beaches and El Capitan, north of Santa Barbara.


Wide sandy beach East Beach is located in the center of Santa Barbara. On the coast, a restaurant, play areas for children, volleyball court and rental equipment for water sports, as well as rollers and bicycles. On Saturdays and Sundays at the West Beach concerts. Near the coast there is a small parking lot, but usually in the afternoon to find a free space is difficult. Holidays with children, it is important to be aware of their safety: close to the beach is a busy road Cabrillo Blvd.

West Beach is located near the City Yacht Club. This is not the most beautiful beach in Santa Barbara, but is suitable for water sports. And here meet tourists who prefer to lie on the beach, sunbathing, unlikely; West Beach - a favorite athletes and surfers. On the beach provides excellent conditions for beach volleyball and football, learning kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. On the coast you can admire the yachts and boats entering the port.

Carpinteria Beach is 12 miles south of Santa Barbara, in the eponymous coastal park, at the end of Palm Avenue. Sprawling over a mile beach offers excellent opportunities for fishing and surfing; There are showers and volleyball courts. On Carpinteria is camping; there are free and paid parking. From December to May on the coast you can see the seals and sea lions; during an appearance in offspring otariids park staff close access to the beach.

Butterfly Beach is located in a prestigious area; here love to relax celebrities. And in general, Butterfly due to lack of infrastructure, more than popular with the locals. The beach is located across the street from the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel; most tourists holidaymakers here are lodgers of the hotel. Beach service, water and food to take with them. At Butterfly unique position on the coastline of Santa Barbara Beach - one of the few places in town where you can watch the sunset

. Located in the center of the beach Leadbetter - a popular place for lovers of windsurfing and other outdoor activities. In the summer months there are held weekly parties and sporting events; It is the most popular beach in Santa Barbara. Surrounded Leadbetter beach cottages equipped with bars, cafes, showers and picnic areas. Most of the parking spaces is paid, but there are free zones.

Beach Hendry's (official name - Arroyo Burro) is located north of downtown Santa Barbara, isolated from the city by high cliffs and curved shoreline. In Hendry's is a restaurant, bar, showers and picnic areas. Volleyball courts on the coast there. Despite the good infrastructure, the beach is considered one of the most pristine on the coast. The only drawback Hendry's - lack of parking

. Located on the territory of the city park El Capitan Beach is known as one of the best places on the coast to observe the dolphins. This fairly secluded coast area; there are no crowds of tourists. On El Capitan no volleyball courts or play areas, but the waves make it possible to surf. On the shore are located picnic area, showers and toilets; working on weekends shop. Since the beach is in the park, entrance fee - $ 5 per vehicle

. Refugio is located behind the beach El Capitan. This is perfect for a secluded holiday away from the hustle and bustle; on Refugio there are places for camping and picnic. There are excellent conditions for diving and snorkeling. The length of the beach - 1, 5 miles

. Hotels in Santa Barbara

In Santa Barbara is located about a hundred hotels of different categories, guest houses, motels and hostels. Major hotels are concentrated in the beach West Beach and opposite the port. In the city built hotel of international hotel chains - Best Western, Holiday Inn, Marriott and Hyatt. Most of the resort of Santa Barbara hotels are 3 * category.

How to get to Santa Barbara

The most convenient way to get to Santa Barbara from Moscow - Aeroflot flight transfer in Los Angeles. Travel time - 18 hours

. Airlines Lufthansa, British Airways and others make two changes - in Frankfurt, London and other European cities, as well as in New York or Los Angeles. Travel time - 21 hours



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