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Nearest Distances

Airport Codes:

Distances from SBA to:
Santa Barbara 8 miles
Los Angeles 79 miles
Santa Ana 120 miles
Ontario 121 miles

Nearest Major Airports:
8 miles: Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)
81 miles: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
116 miles: John Wayne Airport (SNA)
122 miles: LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT)

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Santa Barbara Airport Guide

Santa Barbara as a whole is beautiful. Local ordinances mean that all buildings must be constructed in the mission style and it looks much like it might have done over a hundred years ago. The county courthouse is a very unusual building designed as a castle with Spanish/Moorish architecture and is tiled with Tunisian ceramics. The Mission building, the tenth to stand on the site, is another architectural gem and a historic one too having seen much of the tragedy that has befallen this region in the last 250 years. For beach life, choose the picture perfect East Beach with its glorious white sand and palm fringed promenade.

Santa Barbara Airport Directions

Head north on route 217 until it joins Highway 1. That road will take you to the north of Santa Barbara and following any of the signs from there will take you into the heart of the city.

Santa Barbara Airport Parking

Currently the short term parking facility at Santa Barbara is closed because of construction work but you can use the long term lot for parking. There’s cell phone parking available giving you free waiting for half an hour plus parking for mobility impaired travellers.

Santa Barbara Airport Flight Information

There aren’t many flights from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport but to get there from the UK or Europe you can fly to Phoenix or Denver and connect there.

Hotels Near Santa Barbara Airport

The hotels in Santa Barbara are hugely expensive but very nice. We like the Hotel Oceana at $200 a night with a luxury boutique feel and attentive service. Even motels like the Hacienda will cost you over a $100 a night so you’ll need a hefty wallet to stay in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Time Zone

Santa Barbara is 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time and located in the Pacific Time Zone (GMT-8)

Santa Barbara Info

Santa Barbara is a beautiful and exclusive resort on the Pacific Coast of California. Property prices and holiday accommodation is at a premium in the city and it’s a popular holiday destination for those with a big wallet. Most of the city dates from after 1812 when a massive earthquake destroyed the town and a resulting tsunami washed away the remains. Ten years later, Mexico took control of the city and held it for 24 years until the Mexican American War ceded it to California.

Santa Barbara Trivia:
  • Santa Barbara occupies a strip of land between the Pacific and the Santa Ynez Mountains
  • It’s a very popular vacation destination for Californians
  • The city has a number of university campuses and research institutes
  • The area was first settled by visiting missionaries in 1782
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