GoletaSanta Barbara and part of the contiguous urban area of Santa Barbara, within Santa Barbara County, California. This article also covers the unincorporated community of Isla Vista, which is home to the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Goleta is located just off Highway 101, north of Santa Barbara.
Rail is an option to reach Goleta, as Amtrak serves the city via its Pacific Surfliner service that runs between San Diego and San Luis Obispo via Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.
address: 25 S La Patera Ln
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport is located in Goleta, off Highway 217.
Buses run frequently between Santa Barbara, Goleta and the UCSB campus.
University of California, Santa Barbaraaddress: 101 north to Highway 217UCSB is often listed as one of the top public universities in the United States. The campus is regarded as one of the more beautiful campuses among the UC system (perhaps due to its location). Head to the top floor of the campus library for one of the best views of the whole campus. Much of the campus, especially the areas near the beach, is undeveloped open space, and includes a man-made lagoon. From downtown Santa Barbara, take the highway and go past the airport exit. Admission is free to the campus, but parking costs, and parking restrictions are heavily enforced.
Goleta Butterfly GroveEvery winter between mid-November and mid-February monarch butterflies gather in huge numbers in a grove adjacent to the Sperling Preserve. Docents are available on weekends from 11AM-2PM. Free parking is available at the Ellwood Mesa Open Space on Hollister Ave, and the grove is located at the end of a one-half mile long trail.
Campus PointProvides a great view of the ocean
LaughologyFree stand-up comedy show that has brought comedians such as Kyle Cease
phone: +1 805 728-1640address: 6601 Hollister AveThe multi-brand retail store offers the Deckers brands with products ranging from luxury comfort, outdoor, surf lifestyle, fashion and running.
phone: +1 805-685-9383address: 971 Embarcadero del Mar
Isla Vista Surf Shop
Miss Behavin'address: 6551 Trigo RdClothing + Accessories
Precious SlutTattoos and Piercings.
CantinaMexican: Great Breakfast burritos
Freebird'sMexican: Burritos, Nachos, Tacos, etc.
Kaptain's Firehouse BBQBBQ.
Keg N' BottleMarket.
phone: +1 805 962-9494address: 5892 Hollister AveOutdoor, sidewalk dining that is healthy and good. If there is a vegan/vegetarian in the group, they will be happy here. Part of a small regional chain.
Pita PitPita Shop.
Sam's-To-Go!Sandwich Shop: Known for beer pitchers and afternoon people watching.
Silvergreen'sHealthy salads, sandwiches, and pasta.
phone: +1 805 967-0128address: 5925 Calle RealThis is a lively bowling alley, a sports bar with 40 beers on tap and nearly as many big TV screens, and a burgers, pizzas and salads restaurant. Tables overlook the bowling area. Service is sometimes slow; you might have to remind your server that you exist. "Lunch and bowl" special, Mon–Fri 11AM–2PM.
phone: +1 (805) 967-0655address: 5782 Hollister AveA hybrid of Mexican restaurant with (anglo) American diner. Choose between huevos rancheros and hotcakes for breakfast; either are delicious. A pleasant family-restaurant feel. Free wifi.
Many restaurants serve beer, and the local Study Hall Bar is the best place for spirits. Many local partake in what is known as "the loop", which is going to all the places in Isla Vista that serve beer, and having a beer. By going to all beer-serving establishments, a loop is made. Del Playa Dr. ("D.P.") is the street closest to the ocean. Here is where the majority of the house parties are. On most nights there will be "Keg Parties", and students walking around.
phone: +1 805-967-0907address: 5871 Hollister Ave.Relaxed bar with lots of comfortable seating, both inside and on the covered rear patio. Billiards, popcorn, hip decorations, occasional live music and a good record collection.
address: 8301 Hollister AveLocated on 78 acres of oceanfront property, this resort is an upscale experience that caters to luxury travelers. There are 354 guest rooms in 19 separate villas, each in a Spanish style. Property amenities include saline infinity pools, a private beach, clay tennis courts, a 42,000 foot spa and fitness center, and nature trails through the adjoining wetland and forest. The onsite Miro restaurant provides great views of the coast with excellent food and service. With all that said, you pay for the experience, and this resort is not for the budget traveler. In addition to quoted rates there is a $25 per day resort fee that includes a bottle of wine in your room, two bottles of water, access to fitness center and spa, and internet access.
phone: +1 805 967-3200address: 5620 Calle Real
phone: +1-805-681-9800address: 5665 Hollister AveOffers king and queen hotel rooms and suites including complimentary beverages and breakfast.
phone: +1-805 964-6241address: 5650 Calle RealPreviously called the Hotel Goleta, this is now part of the high-service Kimpton hotel chain.
phone: +1 805 964-3596address: 5897 Calle RealMember of a national discount motel chain.
- Santa Barbara - Located eight miles east of Goleta, the "American Riviera" is a historic mission city that is an incredibly popular getaway destination. Its wide beaches, highly rated wineries, luxurious resorts, art galleries, and a large variety of excellent dining choices, enable the town of just 90,000 residents to enjoy the sort of cultural and social amenities which are usually found only in much larger cities.
- Lompoc - 48 miles north of Goleta, Lompoc is nicknamed the "City of Arts and Flowers", with more than half the world's flower seeds grown in the fields around the town. The city celebrates its association with flowers every June during the Lompoc Valley Flower festival. The area is also home to Vandenberg Air Force Base, America's west coast spaceport, where rocket launches can sometimes be seen.
- Buellton - Located 35 miles to the northwest, Buellton is home to several Santa Ynez Valley wineries. Visitors will also find the ostrich & emu farm interesting, with the opportunity to get up close and personal with the giant birds.