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Santa Barbara County is located in the southern coastal part of California, on the Pacific coast. The county seat is Santa Barbara and the largest city is Santa Maria. Santa Barbara is a captivating blend of colorful history, distinctive architecture and legendary Southern California lifestyle. Known all over the world for its exceptional beauty and magnificent weather, Santa Barbara County boasts crystal-clear air, stunning scenery, glistening, palm-lined beaches and an average of 300 days of sunshine per year.
Basking in a lush, year-round Mediterranean climate with 100 miles of prime Pacific coastline, a thriving arts community, historic architecture and scenic wine country, Santa Barbara instills all the components of a world-class destination - without the masses.
A visit to one of Santa Barbara's nine beaches is a must. The ocean is an expansive playground, offering every physical type of water sports from scuba diving to sailing, parasailing, seasonal whale watching, sunset cruises and kayaking. Boasting one of the largest sailing rental fleets worldwide, Santa Barbara answers every wannabe-sailor's dream, with vessels ranging from small craft to large yachts. Santa Barbara Harbor offers direct service to The Channel Islands.
Of the five islands, Santa Cruz Island, California's largest, makes for a great day trip and the Nature Conservancy offers tours of this ecological preserve called Channel Islands National Park. The islands offer camping, hiking, kayaking, tidepooling and exploring the many rare plant and animal species, ancient pygmy sites and gentle coastal waters. With the nearby Santa Ynez Mountains just minutes away, hikers and bikers share a number of well-marked trails that begin a few miles from downtown.