Life in Santa Barbara
Interesting fact: The city of Santa Barbara was founded in 1847 on the site of the first settlement of Spanish Franciscans who arrived here at the end of the XVIII century and built the building of the Mission of St. Barbara, after which it was named.
The Mediterranean climate and convenient geographical location just 2 hours away from Los Angeles make Santa Barbara an ideal place to live for famous movie and TV stars such as Tom cruise, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, and just rich Americans. Because of this, it is sometimes called the American Riviera.
Also in the vicinity of Santa Barbara is the famous estate of Michael Jackson-Neverland.
In terms of living standards, Santa Barbara is considered one of the best cities in the United States.
Today, the number of residents of Santa Barbara is about 90 thousand people, and about a third of them are Hispanic, and the further expansion of the city is hindered by the lack of drinking water.
The only drawback of living in Santa Barbara, in addition to high prices for everything (as in San Francisco), is the zone of seismic instability. So, in 1925, almost all the houses in Santa Barbara were destroyed by a strong earthquake and subsequently built again.
By the way, recently American scientists concluded that a long-considered inactive geological fault in the earth's crust called Ventura, which stretches for more than 100 km directly under the city of Santa Barbara and goes into the Pacific ocean, may cause a new devastating earthquake and tsunami. Simply put, being in Santa Barbara can even be dangerous (just like in Yellowstone Park in Wyoming), since at any moment there can be a natural disaster that can wipe this glorious city off the face of the earth.
However, it was especially interesting for us to start our big trip to the USA here, to walk along the cozy streets and admire their amazing charm. In this article, I will tell you how to get to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles, its attractions and the best hotels.
Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful cities on the West coast of the United States, which is considered one of the best places to live (like Savannah on the East coast). It is located next to the Santa Ynez mountain range, which rises above the city from the northeast at more than 1000 meters and prevents the penetration of continental winds from Nevada, which is why Santa Barbara has its own special weather all year round without sharp temperature changes.
Everyone who comes to this beautiful city for the first time is struck by the beauty of Spanish colonial architecture on the Pacific coast and can not help but remember at least the stories of parents about the time when everyone was immersed in watching other people's movie lives.