Santa Barbara is the seat of Santa Barbara County. Named after Saint Barbara by its first Spanish settlers, and made famous on the soap opera Santa Barbara (which is still aired around the world!), the American Riviera sits snug between the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains and sparkling Pacific Ocean. A short 1.5 hour drive north from Los Angeles, it’s temperate Mediterranean climate and accessible, varied topography offer stunning mountain-to-sea vistas, delicious farm to table cuisine and a plethora of outdoor adventures. Classy yet laid-back, Santa Barbara bursts with the offerings of a metropolitan city, while retaining its easy going and friendly small town appeal. As a world class destination, and home to many a grateful local, there is something for everyone including history, arts & culture, nightlife and entertainment, dining and shopping.