About Santa Barbara
A city on the central Californian coast, Santa Barbara sits at the feet of the magnificent and dramatic Santa Ynez Mountains with the Pacific Ocean washing its shores. It has a Mediterranean climate reflected in its white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs showing off its Spanish colonial heritage. Santa Barbara is a popular tourist destination with the hip kids hanging out in the quirky "Funk Zone" with its industrial vibe, which is overflowing with surfboard shops, breweries, boutique stores, art galleries, restaurants and plenty of wine tasting rooms to sip your way around.
Beyond its glorious beach scene the city does have 4 four institutions of higher learning on the south coast, a national forest complete with wilderness areas to explore, plus the Channel Islands National Park and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary that are sitting only 20 miles offshore.
Santa Barbara has an emerging tech scene with many new coworking spaces sprouting up around the city to cater to the growing entrepreneurial landscape. There is a "Startup Santa Barbara" in action supporting entrepreneurs and startups by providing opportunities, connectivity and resources for creative communities to connect and build a stronger business ecosystem. In recent years there has been some success stories for Santa Barbara based companies, plus a number of large venture funding rounds. Continued success of non-profit organizations supporting entrepreneurship such as Youth Interactive are making waves, despite the loss of graduates in the tech industries to larger cities with more diverse opportunities.
Home to some of the earliest Internet companies and with many innovative ventures in its history, Santa Barbara offers a low cost of living and plenty to do in the outdoors when the brain matter is getting fried.