• Goleta

Population: 77,400 

  • Goleta is the neighboring town to Santa Barbara, which hugs the coast about 12 miles west of Santa Barbara’s downtown. The Spaniards initially named the place "The Good Land", but the official name changed to Goleta after a schooner with the same moniker arrived here in 1822.
  • Goleta encompasses many spacious, public parks from the coast to the mountains a few miles inland. Goleta Valley, the intermediary between the coast and the mountainous backdrop, houses Santa Barbara’s Municipal airport, which is known for making traveling in or out of town a breeze.
  • Lemon orchards once dominated the landscape here, and are still celebrated on a yearly basis during the local Lemon Festival each October. Lemons aren't the only produce in Goleta, as a cornucopia of culinary delights are harvested from Goleta's family-owned farms and sustainable gardens, which are served up in area restaurants and local farmers' markets year round. Head to Goleta for outdoor adventures: Fish on the pier, surf at Campus Point, kayak and spot wildlife in the Goleta Slough, and hike on the bluffs above miles of beaches. Families enjoy the open landscapes and beautiful scenery here, from the Monarch Butterfly Preserve to the beautiful lake Los Carneros. Sporting world-renowned golf courses such as The Sandpiper, Goleta truly has something for every walk of life.
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