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Visiting Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara photoSanta Barbara, California is one of the world's premier vacation destinations. Here you'll enjoy a mild beach climate, breathtaking scenery, world-class dining, shopping, and cultural events and festivals, and access to spectacular destinations in the surrounding area. 

sunset photoYou don't need a car to enjoy Santa Barbara. The beautiful oceanfront and the downtown historic district can be best explored on foot, or using a superb network of bus routes, bicycle paths, and private transportation services. Excursions to outlying areas, including the romantic and remote Channel Islands and beautiful valley wine country, are available through private boat, bus and tour operators. See How to be Car Free for some suggestions and itineraries.

Use this website to find out about all the ways you can get to and around Santa Barbara without a car. Imagine taking the train up the coast, hailing a bike cab on State Street, riding an electric shuttle along the waterfront, or catching the next boat to the Islands. It's your vacation. Enjoy!

beach photoBelow you will find links to other sites that provide visitor information for Santa Barbara and our surrounding communities. You will also find maps and links to some of the most popular downtown attractions.

If you live in Santa Barbara, check out our Santa Barbara Locals page to see how this site might be of use to you, too.

Santa Barbara Visitor Organizations and Information Centers
  Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau 805-966-9222
  Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce / Visitor Center 805-965-3023 / 805-965-3021
  Santa Barbara Downtown Organization 805-962-2098
  The Independent Santa Barbara's Weekly News and Entertainment Magazine - including daily event listings
Visitors Information for Surrounding Areas
  Buellton Visitors Bureau & Chamber of Commerce 805-684-5479
  Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce 805-684-5479
  Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce 805-967-4618
  Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce 805-736-4567
  Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce 805-925-2403
  Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association  805-686-0053
  Solvang Chamber of Commerce 805-688-0701
  Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau 800-468-6765
  Our Santa Barbara Car Free Map Portions available for download from this site; entire map also available by mail.
  Santa Barbara Area Map
  Downtown Attractions A simple map of the State Street corridor within 15 blocks of the beach, with links to popular downtown attractions.
  Downtown Santa Barbara A more detailed map of the Santa Barbara area on the Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission web site.
  Walking Tour Maps Self-guided walking maps available on this site.
  Bike Routes  
Check out the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition and Traffic Solutions websites for bike routes.
  Wine Country Maps The Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association website page at has online maps of wine country available for viewing and download. For more information, call (805) 688-0881 or (800) 218-0881, or email

See also our section on the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country, Excursions and Tours

About Santa Barbara Car Free
  Santa Barbara Car Free logo Santa Barbara Car Free is a cooperative initiative led by the  Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, with many other partners. 

Our goal is to encourage car free, carefree transportation to, and around, Santa Barbara.  For more information, see About this Site.