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1. Posted by yvonne04 (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hi there

i am thinking of travelling to Santa Barbara for the summer. I am from Ireland and it would be my first time travelling to the USA. Can anyone tell me if this is a nice area to travel to and would it be easy to pick up summer work here??

thanks a lot


2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Yvonne,
I can't comment about getting work, but Santa Barbara is a nice town.
Its Spanish influence gives it a nice history and look to the architecture.
And lots of other great places are not to far away - Malibu, the Pacific Coast Highway etc.

3. Posted by yvonne04 (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

thats good to know. thanks a lot!!

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Well, you certainly do know how to pick summer towns. You could do a whole lot worse than Santa Barbara. About two years ago a magazine called "Outdoor" ranked the best places to spend a summer in the United States. Santa Barbara, California was ranked #1, followed by my home town area (Santa Cruz/Monterey, California)#2, the Chesapeake Bay area (Havre de Grace, Maryland)#3, and Boulder, Colorado #4.

Santa Barbara is clean, upscale (meaning inhabited by mostly well-to-do people), yet has a good mix of young and old because it's also a college town (University of California, Santa Barbara is on the northwest end of town) and is has a beautiful beach area. It's main advantage compared to places like Los Angeles is that its much less crowded--although summer weekends it will get pretty packed from LA and other tourists visiting the west coast. However, once you are out of town on the north side (even 10 miles out) there are no homes or buildings, just wide open beach.

Probably the easiest job to get would be those relating to the summer tourist business. There are lots of hotels both near the beach and out past the downtown area. There are also lots of shops and restaurants all over. The one downside is that its probably kind of expensive to live in. The most expensive areas will be on the south side of town--or in nearby places like Montecito--which is where the very rich people live (Oprah Winfrey has a massive home here). Stay north near Goleta (near the college) to live cheaper--there might be apartments open since many students will go home for the summer.


5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I spent nearly a week here once. A really nice little town and the spanish influences give it a really nice feel. Expensive though as a few of the others mentioned, but if you had a job there you could probably get by quite nicely.

What kind of a visa would you be going on that allows you to work there though?

6. Posted by yvonne04 (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

thanks a lot for all the info.

I will be travelling on a J1 visa which will allow me to work for 4 months i think. The one thing i have noticed is that most rented accomodation is unfurnished?? would anyone have any ideas on where to start looking for accomodation thats reasonable and furnished.


7. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

check on Select santa barbara. Santa Barbara is a college town. You might find roomate near the university. Pending on your budget, check out a extended stay hotel. It's like having a studio apartment.

good luck.