What Makes Santa Barbara So Special?

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Santa Barbara, California is the destination of choice for a romantic weekend get-away or a family vacation filled with fun and adventure. This culturally significant historic area features sunny beaches, mountain vistas, fun attractions, and educational opportunities for adults and kids alike. Enjoying a pleasantly mild Mediterranean type climate, any time of the year is the right time of year to visit Santa Barbara.

No matter what your interests, there are always plenty of things to do in and around Santa Barbara. Those seeking outdoor recreation will find opportunities galore. From spotlessly clean, white sandy beaches, water-lovers will enjoy the swimming, boating, sport fishing, jet skiing, kayaking, windsurfing, and whale-watching. Land lubbers can take to the trails for hiking and biking or enjoy an afternoon of horseback riding through the coastal mountain paradise.

The Santa Barbara self-guided walking tour leads guests to the city's historic landmarks including the County Courthouse. Considered an architectural masterpiece, the Spanish Moorish design is tucked amid lush lawns and tropical gardens. the view from the tower's top is not to be missed. See historic adobes on the way to El Presidio State Historic Park for an example of architectural and historical significance. The nearby Mission, founded in 1786 and one of 21 Franciscan missions in California, is one of the most beautiful in the state. Today, it still functions as a church is open daily for self-guided tours.

Nature lovers will surely want to visit the Museum of Natural History that features exhibits of the local flora and fauna along with a fascinating look at prehistoric Native American life. Though considered a small zoo with 500 animals, the Zoo is one of the best in the United States. Known for its park-like atmosphere with an abundance of picnic and open areas, it offers an intimate viewing of elephants, lions, giraffes, sea lions, exotic birds, and much more. The Botanic Gardens feature 65 acres of native flora including breathtaking wildflowers in exquisite natural settings.

Wine lovers are truly at home with a variety of tours. Knowledgeable guides will take connoisseurs through the scenic wine country and to the best wineries in Santa Ynez Valley. Experience back-country roads and learn about the area history and wine industry. Enjoy the valley's exceptional wines and learn about the local viticulture for an enhanced appreciation.

Beautifully located Santa Barbara condos are available with all of the comforts, privacy, and space of home along with all of the vacation amenities you desire for a truly relaxing getaway.
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This article was published on 2011/01/27