SANTA BARBARA, USA – JULY 28, 2008: people at scenic old wooden pier in Santa Barbara in sunset. The pier was completed in 1872 and was the longest pier at that time in the USA.

When most people think of California, they think of Los Angeles and San Francisco. However, there is so much more to this great state than just those two cities. Santa Barbara, for example, is a hidden gem on the Central Coast of California that is often overlooked by travelers. Here’s why you should add Santa Barbara to your list of must-visit beach destinations.

 

The Climate is Perfect

Santa Barbara has a Mediterranean climate, which means that it has mild winters and warm summers. The average high temperature in December is a balmy 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius), while the average high in August is a comfortable 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius). In other words, no matter what time of year you visit Santa Barbara, you’re sure to enjoy beautiful weather.

 

There’s Something for Everyone

Whether you’re into wine tasting, hiking, biking, surfing or simply relaxing on the beach, Santa Barbara has something for you. The city is home to more than 200 wineries and offers miles of hiking and biking trails with stunning ocean views. If you’re looking to relax, head to one of Santa Barbara’s many beaches where you can sunbathe, build sandcastles, or go for a swim. There’s truly something for everyone in Santa Barbara.

 

The City Has a Rich History

Santa Barbara was founded by Spanish missionaries in 1786, and that rich history is evident throughout the city. From the spectacular Mission Santa Barbara to the stunning architecture downtown, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about Santa Barbara’s past. And if you’re a history buff, you’ll definitely want to add Santa Barbara to your list of must-visit destinations.

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