Explore: The County of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County is one of the best places to live and work. You can't get bored in Santa Barbara; we have something for everyone.
Nestled between the mountains and the sea, the city of Santa Barbara serves as the County seat. With its palm tree lined beachfront and charming Mediterranean architecture; the city is renowned as the American Riviera.
Santa Barbara is located 92 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 332 miles south of San Francisco. We have museums, galleries, theater, music, opera, ethnic and film festivals, botanical gardens, and parks are abundantly available. Thanks to clean air and a mild coastal climate, Santa Barbara residents enjoy year round hiking, surfing, boating, golfing, horseback riding, beach-combing, fishing, mountain biking, and other outdoor activities centered around local beaches.
Including the communities of Santa Maria , Lompoc , Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley , and the County Seat of Santa Barbara , the County has a strong economic bases in both high technology and agriculture, including a rapidly expanding vineyard industry that produces some the world's finest wines.
Known the world over as the "valley of flowers", Lompoc is a small city with a big heart. Lompoc is home to some of the world's most beautiful murals, La Purisima Mission, as well as many parks, beaches, and campsites.
Within minutes of Lompoc lies the Santa Ynez Valley. Sprinkled with vineyards and filled with large and small ranches, the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley lies nestled between the Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains.
The city of Santa Maria is located on California's Central Coast between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Its location provides easy access for residents to enjoy both rural and urban activities and lifestyles. Santa Maria is blessed with a nearly perfect year-round climate and a stunning natural beauty.
Although one of youngest regions of the Wine Country, the Santa Maria Valley already produces some of the finest premium wines in the world. Within minutes of Santa Maria lie San Luis Obispo and the Five Cities Area. Consisting of Pismo Beach, Shell Beach, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, and Oceano, the Five Cities area offers charming communities and wonderful climates all year.