The American Riviera isn’t just gorgeous landscapes with mountains and beaches, and sun year-long with ideal temperatures. It is home to the relaxed laid-back California lifestyle. The city knows how to impress: you can experience the great surf, go on city- or wine tours, see the town’s Spanish architecture with red roofs, or learn more about the city’s interesting history. For shopping at dining, the main street called State Street is a must. The locals love their city – and with good reason! Santa Barbara can be summarized in two words: seriously beautiful. If you’re a future photographer you should make sure to bring along the camera with an extra memory card and fully charged batteries – there’s a lot of beautiful photos to be taken here. The city is Spanish inspired with a unique vibe. You can also experience the gorgeous coastal views, a perfect place to shoot Instagram- or Snapchat photos!
Do as the locals: locals often take the tour to a local frozen yoghurt shop on a sunny day. Try out McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams and Yogurt, or Yogurtland not far from West Beach. It’s delicious! Furthermore, it is one of the greatest places in the country for wine-tastings: get on Santa Maria- or Santa Ynez wine tours to see the beautiful vineyards, valleys and picturesque landscape. Cheers!! Many Americans come here to escape the noise and stress of city life in places such as Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Stress is non-existent in the city and the laid-back lifestyle has reached new heights: time goes by slow here and you’ll be able to enjoy and treasure each and every minute. This is the perfect spot for some evening practice with the surf board. While experienced surfers often head to North County’s Jamala State Beach, newbies should start out in Southern County by heading to Stu Peak or Campus Point. But don’t let the ocean occupy you for too long, the mountains in the Los Padres National Forest behind town deserves a visit.
For the truly outdoorsy types, venture across the channel to make a stop at the California Channel Islands and the Channel Islands National Park. Did you for instance know an island close to town has the largest sea- and sea-lion populations in North America? Many come with the hope to catch a glimpse of the migrating whales, the magnificent bald eagles or the endemic Channel Islands Fox, one of many species only found on the islands. To see various species of seals, you can venture to Point Bennett or San Miquel Island for a guaranteed chance of spotting several ones. Furthermore, Santa Barbara limo riders will enjoy that more than 30 species of whales and dolphins travel through the city’s channel. Go on a whale excursion for the best chance of spotting dancing dolphins and gigantic whales.
Just as San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge and San Diego has its fish tacos, the American Riviera has it’s own icon – the Old Mission. It might not be as big or visited as the Golden Gate, but this mission from the 1780’s is a signature Southern California landmark and ridiculously beautiful! The three-lined State Street is located in the heart of the historic Downtown and is home to the city’s best eateries and shopping. When the evening arrives, make sure to stroll by Stearns Wharf by the harbor for some great dining of all types. An alternative to Santa Ynez wine tours is sipping wine at the Deep Sea Tasting Room on Stearns Wharf while overlooking the vast ocean. You could end the day by taking a limousine service to a traditional Californian meal – we would recommend the city’s great authentic Mexican cuisine as well.
Few miles south of SB is the celebrity community of Montecito, home to an array of fashionable mansions and estates. For the ideal beach community and maybe a dinner by the sea, make sure to stop by Summerland nearby. A little bit up north is where we find the Danish community of Solvang, packed with Scandinavian architecture, eateries, bakeries, and more. Booking a limo or party bus for the Santa Barbara Bowl is hugely popular for live musical performances, concerts and entertainment. Those traveling with children will definitely enjoy a good time at the Santa Barbara Zoo, compact with hundreds of animals to see and hear. Those with a passion for history will love the Chumash Painted Cave nearby town, a historic cave with thousand year old pictographs from civilizations long gone.
The American Riviera is known for its beautiful resorts, larger mansions and trendy shops, but the area is also home to many museums, galleries and festivals. Those interested in unique history and architecture will also like the Rafael Gonzalez House and the S.B. County Court House. A visit to the historic Spanish fortress at the Presidio is another must for those with a heart for history. Santa Barbara limo renters who appreciate fine arts will enjoy a day at the Museum of Art with its extensive European-, American- and Asian art collections. If newer art is appealing, check out the Contemporary Arts Forum for a gallery operated by artists and dedicated to quality art from the local area.
When strolling along the beach promenade you can easily head up State Street for world class shopping with everything from unique neighborhood shops to the more famous retailers. A true paradise for any shopper. There are affordable electric buses running up and down State Street and along the promenade which makes shopping and navigating easy. The city is recognized as one of America’s most exclusive cities and is a tourist destination throughout the year. Its mild Mediterranean climate, beautiful Spanish architecture and white sandy beaches make the American Riviera an ideal destination for many tourists renting an airport shuttle, wine tour or city transportation. With its relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, the town of barely 100,000 is smaller than most and can be easily maneuvered on foot. You can also reach the city by bus, train, limousine service, plane to the local airport or taxi service.
After the enormous earth quake in 1925, the city was badly damaged and had to be rebuilt. Restrictions led to houses only being lawfully allowed white painting and red roofs. This has given the city its exceptional Spanish colonial style. In the 1980’s and 1990’s party bus clients recently told us they watched the tv-series Santa Barbara where they fell in love with the city. The series lasted for over nine years and the storyline surrounded the glamorous life of the wealthy Capwell family and their rivals Lockridge. Whether you’re searching for a tour of the wine country, a ride to State Street or an airport shuttle, rest assure that we can assist you with all your transportation needs and preferences.