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Santa Barbara Recognized as a “Best Small City” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2015

November 12, 2015

Santa Barbara, CA (November 9, 2015) — The votes are in, and Santa Barbara ranks as one of the best small cities in the U.S. according to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards! Every year the magazine gives readers the chance to vote for their favorite travel experiences (i.e. best cities, airlines, cruise ships, hotels, and more) in an online survey. For the 28th annual survey, 128,000 travelers participated, up from 77,000 in 2014, according to

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Downtown Parking Provides Real-Time Parking Availability on the City of Santa Barbara Website

July 28, 2015

The City of Santa Barbara Transportation Division of the Public Works Department has recently developed a Real-Time Parking web application that provides up to date parking availability for all of the Downtown Parking lot locations. The Real-Time Parking web application is accessible through all internet connected devices, either using your home computer, tablet, or a friendly mobile version if you’re on the go using your smart phone.

Updated every 15 seconds, the public can now view how many spaces are currently available in the parking lot nearest to their destination. For visitors and shoppers not familiar with downtown Santa Barbara, the Real-Time Parking interactive map will sync with their phone’s GPS to provide turn-by-turn driving directions to the parking lot of their choice. Whether you’re a local making your way downtown for Fiestas, or a tourist visiting for the weekend, the Downtown Parking Program now has made it even easier to find the parking lot that best suits your destination.

View the Real-Time Parking Web App here:


Goleta Named as One of the 50 Safest Cities in California

May 21, 2015

Goleta Named as One of the 50 Safest Cities in California

The City of Goleta is once again being recognized as one of the safest places to live in California, according to a study conducted by SafeWise. Goleta placed in the top 50 safest cities in California, coming in at number 50. In order to compile this list, SafeWise uses recent FBI crime data and takes into consideration factors such as security programs and initiatives.

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State Street in Santa Barbara Designated as One of ‘10 Great Streets’ in America

January 03, 2015

State Street in Santa Barbara Designated as One of ‘10 Great Streets’ in America

The American Planning Association has announced that State Street in Santa Barbara has earned the designation as one of the 10 Great Streets in America. Since Great Places in America was launched in 2007, APA has designated 230 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces. Places are announced annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.


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“Goleta, CA. ranked #79 in the “Best 100 Places to Live”

November 08, 2014

Goleta ranked #79 in the “Best 100 Places to Live” once again!

Goleta is being touted as a great place to live. Our small city placed #79 in the Best 100 Places to Live in the United States. This is the second-annual ranking of the best small to mid-sized cities in the U.S. by Livability, an online resource.

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Santa Barbara Named As One Of America’s Top Small Cities

July 01, 2013

Santa Barbara, CA. - Locals know Santa Barbara is a great place to live. But others around the country are now taking notice as well.

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Popular Spots

Stearns Wharf

Take a short stroll out over the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze.

Lafond Winery City Tasting Room

The renowned Lafond Winery in Santa Barbara’s popular FunkZone.


Contemporary women’s clothing boutique specializes in natural fabrics made in California.

Chaucer’s Bookstore

Santa Barbara’s much-loved bookseller since 1974.


The first and last remaining original Sambo’s restaurant.

Stella Mare’s

Casual, French Provincial décor, excellent wine list with seasonal bistro menu.

The Land Shark Tours

View Santa Barbara by both land and sea.

Santa Barbara Harbor

Oldest working harbors on the West Coast, great for a stroll.