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Santa Barbara Travel Guide

City of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a city in California, United States, with an official population of about 90,000. The metropolitan area which includes the cities of Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, and Goleta has a population of approximately 300,000.

Santa Barbara is located 85 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 350 miles south of San Francisco, along the Pacific coast. This stretch of coast along southern Santa Barbara County is often referred to like the "American Riviera" because of its Mediterranean climate. The Santa Ynez Mountains, an east west trending range, rise dramatically behind the city, with numerous peaks exceeding 4,000 feet. Covered with chaparral and with sandstone outcrops, they make a famously scenic backdrop to the town. Nearer to town, and directly east and adjacent to Mission Santa Barbara, is a hill called locally as the "Riviera" or "Alameda Padre Serra". The city limits of Santa Barbara are contained with 18 square miles.

According to the United States Census office, Santa Barbara has a total area of 107.3 km˛ (41.4 mi˛). 49.2 km˛ (19.0 mi˛) of it is land and 58.1 km˛ (22.4 mi˛) of it (54.17%) is water, this is because the official city limit extends exactly four miles south into the ocean, and additionally a long "finger" of the city extends out to sea and again inland, in order to make Santa Barbara Airport (associate to the University of California, Santa Barbara [UCSB]).

The population of Santa Barbara is diverse and a rich history’s representation. Spanish and English are both spoken by a large percentage in this population. Mexican and American customs and cultures have blended together very closely here, giving the city a unique flavour.

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