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Why Fly to Santa Barbara?

Santa Barbara, California is known as the “American Riviera” due to its ideal Mediterranean weather, distinctive architecture and notably friendly locals. Spanish red tile roofs and stucco walls are the rule rather than the exception throughout the city, making a trip to this West Coast locale feel almost like an international getaway. Search online now for cheap flights to Santa Barbara and prepare to discover one of Southern California’s top destinations.

Which Airlines Fly to Santa Barbara?

Air traffic en route to Santa Barbara lands at the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), a small public airfield that sits about seven miles west of Downtown Santa Barbara. Only a handful of airlines fly here, including American Eagle, Frontier, United Express and US Airways. Nonstop flights are available from just a few Western cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver.

Santa Barbara Flight Tips

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), roughly two hours by car from Santa Barbara, depending on traffic, is one of the busiest airports in the nation. It is a major hub for Alaska, American and United, and a focus city for Allegiant, Southwest and Virgin America. Flying into Los Angeles and driving to Santa Barbara gives you many more flight options and can often be more economical. If you don’t want to rent a car, Santa Barbara Airbus provides several affordably priced rides from LAX to Santa Barbara every day.

Quick Travel Guide to Santa Barbara

With such well-known California tourist destinations as Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, Santa Barbara is often overlooked by travelers planning trips out West. But savvy sightseers know that this spot is not to be missed, and those seeking a vacation in which they’ll be immersed in natural beauty, culture and recreation will have a difficult time finding a better setting along the California Coast.

The city’s south-facing beaches are spectacular, and the most popular sandy spots are just a short walk from the activity of Downtown Santa Barbara. The geography and weather patterns of the coastline make it one of the best places to catch a wave, solidifying Santa Barbara’s status as a surfing hotspot.

After much of the city was destroyed in the earthquakes of 1925, rebuilding efforts were shaped by a strict set of building codes that mandated Spanish-Mediterranean Colonial design. The resulting architectural landscape not only gives the city a special atmosphere, it makes for incredible sightseeing tours of the most historic neighborhoods. Buildings noted for their design include Mission Santa Barbara, Stearns Wharf, the University of California – Santa Barbara campus and the Santa Barbara Courthouse, which is often praised as the most beautiful public building in the nation.  

Ornate Santa Barbara hotels, world-class museums, well-manicured golf courses, renowned wineries and upscale boutique shopping help round out a broad range of must-do activities for every type of traveler.

 
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