The heat is rising as we get to Santa Barbara

Trip Start Aug 28, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, September 24, 2010

After trying to get into the only tourist hostel in town (actually called the Santa Barbara tourist hostel) and hearing, yes we have rooms but you have to be a student and you need to stay for 3 days I was a little baffled and asked why it was called a tourist hostel if it only allowed students the receptionist sounded clueless so I gave up and we found a place round the corner which was 2 blocks from the beach.
While in Santa Barbara we visited the County Courthouse (voluntarily, we weren't in trouble!) It's a great white building with red tiled roofs, more of a Mediterranean feel than an American one. The courthouse had Tunisian designs inside and was very impressive.  We also got a great view from the clock tower. All of the houses downtown have to have red tiles so it was quite a mad view from way above street level.

Surrounding this area were lots of shops and restaurants. It seems a very affluent place and is famous for its mission.

There was a huge music festival going on behind the beach walkways so everything was quite loud but it was a fun place to people watch.
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Florence Mav on

Looks like you had a great trip! Santa Barbara is such a beautiful town and it's great you were able to experience it. There is just so much to do here, that any time spent is a good time! I tend to travel there a lot and we always have a great time sight seeing, wine tasting and lounging at the beach. A great place to stay would be the Sandman Inn ( Really affordable and in a great location. If you ever find yourself wanting to not stay in a hostel!

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