Home to the University of California, Santa Barbara, Bacara Resort and the airport, Goleta is nicknamed “The Goodland”. There are still orchards and farms here, as well as many family and condo communities. Business is booming in Goleta, dubbed Silicon Beach for the tech companies that continue to spring up along Hollister Avenue, but at the same time, preserves it’s historic Old Town. CNN Money listed Goleta as one of the “Best Places to Live”, and the city was only incorporated in 2002.
With pristine beaches and a laid-back vibe, Goleta still has a great deal of restaurants and shops for its residents, as well two golf courses and several parks and recreation areas. The city is favored by parents, with its spacious, one-story homes in residential neighborhoods with good-sized backyards for children to play in. There are many well-regarded public schools, as well as a number of private elementary and secondary schools in the City of Goleta. The University of California, Santa Barbara is located on the ocean edge of Goleta, which benefits the city in many ways.
Don’t miss the California Lemon Festival, two full days in October where all things lemon are celebrated, shared, and consumed–make sure to try the lemonade and lemon pie. There are three weekly farmer’s markets–Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara, and on Thursday and Sunday at the Camino Real Marketplace. The city has some of the area’s best beaches, including a pier that has boat-launching facilities and salt water fishing year round.
You might notice that Santa Barbara lacks any big-box stores, and that’s because they’re all up in Goleta, mainly at the Camino Real Marketplace. Look here for Costco, Best Buy, Sports Authority, and Home Depot, and next door for K-Mart. A new center has opened up across the street, with a Smart&Final Extra, a PetSmart, and even a Wahoo Taco.