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Goleta near santa barbara

Santa Barbara's Sister City

Goleta, California

Explore Goleta

Santa Barbara's next-door neighbor Goleta has all the charm of her more famous sibling, just less friends on FaceBook, which means you get to enjoy the ambiance of an undiscovered gem. Goleta is where you can surf, try your hand at SUP (stand-up paddleboarding) or just catch some rays on one of our area beaches like Goleta Beach, El Capitan State Beach and Refugio State Park. You can also tighten your Tevas for some great local hikes, or work on that handicap at one of our nearby golf courses, all just minutes from our Goleta hotel. For even more adventures, check out attractions like the Goleta Butterfly Grove, a must-see during monarch butterfly season, which extends from November to February.

In town, you can dine like a local and explore one of the more than 20 restaurants near our Goleta hotel. Or discover some more area gems like a retro-cool bowling alley that serves up local craft beer along with movies, spares and strikes.

But around our Goleta hotel, we know how to work just as hard as we play, so you will also find the bustling Goleta Business District, with tenants that include many prominent defense and electronics companies such as Raytheon and Lockheed-Martin. And we're just two miles from UCSB -- part of the prestigious University of California system of colleges -- known for its science programs and home to Nobel laureates.