Santa Barbara Locals Santa Barbara Locals

If you live in Santa Barbara, you know what a special place this is. You can use this site to help plan activities for guests from out of town, to find outdoor activities that will remind you why people come here for vacation, or just to get to know your community from a different perspective.

Here are a few places on this site (and others) we think can be useful for locals:

  • Check out the printable Walking Tour Maps. Explore downtown’s historic buildings, the Mission and its neighborhood, downtown paseos, the harbor and shoreline park through City College to the Douglas Family Preserve, Stearn’s Wharf, or Butterfly Beach to Coast Village Road in Montecito.
  • On our Bicycling page, you’ll find links to bike rides ranging from 4 to 26 miles, and locations to rent bikes if you need one.
  • Browse through Boat Trips and Excursions & Tours to help plan a day trip to the Channel Islands, the Santa Ynez Valley wine country, and more.
  • If you are entertaining visitors and looking for ideas, check out Santa Barbara’s Top Three Attractions and How to Visit Them Car Free.  
  • Check out the daily, low-cost MTD bus routes serving from Goleta to Carpinteria, and other bus services on our Bus Around page.
  • If you’re planning a trip south to Los Angeles or San Diego, or north along the coast from here to Seattle, consider Amtrak. The train is a wonderful, stress-free way to travel. See our Train page.
  • And for car free options for your daily commute, go to Traffic Solutions, a project of the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments promoting and encouraging alternatives to driving alone. They can give you information on regional commuter bus services, ridesharing, bicycle commuting and more!
  • Want to take your bike on the bus or train? For more information please see our page How to Take a Bike on Local Transit Services.