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Founded in the 18th century as the 10th Franciscan mission in California, Santa Barbara’s heritage is one of its biggest draws. Zoning laws keep the city preserved in time as the adobe look in its architecture is maintained – even as new constructions spring up around town. There’s also a wonderfully welcoming fragrance in the city, a mixture of oranges, jasmine and blossoming flowers.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Santa Barbara takes pride in its roots as a Franciscan mission. This makes a visit to Old Mission a must see. Its iconic architecture, with red-tiled roofs and the only twin bell towers in the state, herald a bygone era of Franciscan architecture, and have earned this landmark the nickname “Queen of the Missions.” Artifacts of other state missions are also housed here.
The most popular spot to go for the best in local food is the Funk Zone, the hip downtown area where you can also hop on the Urban Wine Trail. Seafood is big here, and favorite local dishes are as wide ranging as creamy lobster bisques to authentic Mexican fish tacos. Like other California cities, Santa Barbara is well-known for its unique wines. Don’t leave the port without picking up a couple of bottles to remember your trip by.
Without a doubt, the best place to go is Downtown Santa Barbara. Everything from eco-friendly shops to indie boutiques line the quaint streets here. Another picturesque shopping destination is La Arcada. Gently cascading fountains, tiled walkways and bustling bistros make this a fanciful location to do your shopping, and take in the beautiful views of Santa Barbara.
The official currency of the United States is the U.S. Dollar (USD).
Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.