Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

Welcome to Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, commonly known as the “American Riviera”, is situated between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Unique to most west coast cities, her beaches are southerly facing thus providing a warm and wind free Mediterranean climate.

The city of Santa Barbara had its beginning during the Spanish period, around the date of 1782, when missionary Padre Juniper Serra came to build the Presidio, which can be still seen downtown in the Canon Perdido Street area. Although he never saw the completion of the Santa Barbara Mission, he would also be credited for the construction of the Santa Barbara Mission known also as the “Queen of the Missions”
In 1925, Santa Barbara had a substantial earthquake followed by two major aftershocks and a fire. Faced with rebuilding a new city, founding fathers Hoffman and Chase urged, and convinced, the city council to rebuild in a Spanish-Moorish architectural style as can be ideally seen at the Santa Barbara Courthouse. To this date, Santa Barbara is known around the world as one of the most beautiful cities in which to reside.

 

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