To give you glimpse at what the judges deamed best beach town, here's a look into Santa Barbara's history and coastal lifestyle.
Santa Barbara's history as one of the most sought after beach towns in North America extends back over a century and the coastline itself uniquely runs East-to-West along 20 miles of Central Coast enclave. Pristinely kept beaches give way to golden mountains with the inviting beachy destination of Santa Barbara tucked in between.
The town was first recognized as a popular winter getaway when 300+ days of sunshine every year enticed visitors from all over the country who were looking for some mid-winter Vitamin D. The area quickly gained popularity and is now a year-round favorite among many. The Mediterranean-style town with the pristine blue waters of the Pacific, white stucco walls, red tile roofs, porticos, patios, and enviable climate have become known as The American Riviera®.
Santa Barbara's walkable downtown, seaside bike paths, open-air trollies, and Amtrak station make it easy to go car-free. Visitors can rent a variety of equipment while in town, catch a pick-up beach volleyball game down by the waterfront, or enjoy a free summer concert series in Cabrillo Park.
With its inviting blue water, mellow coastal vibe, notable recreation, and comprehensive food and drink scene, Santa Barbara wanders easily into the hearts of everyone who passes through. Many never leave
**Article courtesy of SantaBarbaraCa.com