Santa Barbara nestled in between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean giving the area a Mediterranean-like climate. The mountain range protects the city from extreme temperatures resulting in weather that remains consistent nearly year around. The temperature generally remains within the 70s during the summer months and the 60s during the winter months. The mountains also lend to some excellent hiking, biking, and amazing wildflowers for the adventurous visitor while the beautiful beaches offer great surfing, fishing and memorable sunsets.
For people new to visiting the area, check the weather forecast when packing for your trip, and regardless of what it says pack a light sweater or jacket for the onshore breeze that can seem cool if you are not use to the moist coastal climate. The city gets an average of 300 days of sunshine, so please pack sunscreen.
If you plan to arrive by flying, Santa Barbara is located roughly 100 miles from the Los Angeles Airport (LAX), 87 miles from the Burbank Airport (BUR), 45 miles from Camarillo and 10 miles from the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA).
There is are airbus shuttles that picks up from LAX direct to Santa Barbara and the Amtrak train stop is within walking distance from the BUR airport. Rental cars are also an option, though if you are staying in the downtown area- it’s very pedestrian friendly and you could easily get around with no need for a car. The streets are lined with small shops and outdoor cafes that make strolling pleasurable and the main attractions of the city have bus access daily.
The Metropolitan Transit District offers buses and shuttle service in the downtown area. The Santa Barbara Mission, Museums and Botanic Garden are on Bus Line 22, and they offer an electric shuttle that runs the length of downtown to the wharf every 3o minutes for the cost of a quarter. (www.sbmtd.gov)
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