Pacific Crest Inn

433 Corona Del Mar, Santa Barbara, California, 93103, United States
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Helping a friend

by inmaculada31


A friend of mine that knows that I´ll be travelling to California in July asked me the favour of finding out why Santa Barbara has that name.

She is a teacher in a small village in the north of the island called Santa Barbara ( Icod ).Her mother told her that ,when she was a child, the priest said that Santa Barbara in California was founded by a man, a priest, who was born here, in Santa Barbara, Tenerife. She wants her students to do a search of that but first she need to know if that is truth. I´m wondering if you are good enough to tell me if that information is right or you know who can help me to get this information.
Why Santa Barbara is called like that?

Thank you for your help

Re: Helping a friend

by Nexus7

Santa Barbara is named after the patron saint of sailors. The city was founded by a Jesuit Priest by the name of Padre Junipero Serra, where a mission was built by the Spanish, but not named after him as he founded many a town and missions along the California coast. Hope that helps.

Re: Helping a friend

by olddude

Here is the history according to the city:

However, here is the how the city got it's name (per wikipedia):

The Santa Barbara Channel received its name from Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino when he sailed over the channel waters in 1602; he entered the channel on December 4, the day of the feast of Santa Barbara. He was not, however, the first European to enter the channel: that honor went to the Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo who arrived in 1542.

Mission Santa Barbara was founded on December 4, 1786 in what is now Santa Barbara. The county derives its name from the mission.

Re: Helping a friend

by Nexus7

It turns out the Padre Junipero Serra was expelled before naming the Mission in 1786, but was built in 1782 along with the Presidio, which was the actual first building in Santa Barbara. The chronology of events goes like this. The channel was named first "Santa Barbara Channel" then the Presidio and Mission were named "El Presidio Real de Santa Barbara" and "Mission Santa Barbara", respectively, after the name of the channel, and then years later a city was named "Santa Barbara". The Presidio in Santa Barbara is the 2nd oldest standing building (after San Juan Capistrano by 2 months) in California. My experience with the history of this area is that it's not known solidly. There are a lot of little nuances. Junipero Serra was born on Majorca and not in the Canaries, though.

Re: Helping a friend

by inmaculada31

Thanks a lot for your kindness. I think I misunderstood my friend. When I got your answers I let her know and she has told me that the man was not born in Tenerife but he was a priest in Santa Barbara for many years. She is going to try to find out more about this. She still thinks that that priest has a conection with Santa Barbara. If she knows something ellse I let you know. Once more THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Travel Tips for Santa Barbara

Watching for the Green Flash

by VA_Dave

Santa Barbara is the perfect place to go down to the beach every evening at sunset and watch for the green flash.

The best bar for watching is the Brown Pelican on Henry's beach

but I like the jog or walk through the Douglas Family Preserve nearby (also know as the Wilcox Estate) to watch from the cliffs overlooking Henry's. I have only seen the green flash once, and that was from the cliff overlooking Henry's beach. It was a very clear winter day just after a front had come through and the sun was so bright as it set that it was hard to look at it. Not like those days when the sun sets into a beautiful red soupe. Three of us were looking and the flash was very brief. My brother and I looked at each other as if to say 'did you see that', but the friend standing next to us had blinked at the wrong moment and missed the whole thing!

It also helps to be holding a glass of wine or a beer!!

visit all the different...

by MichaelPro

visit all the different vieyards in Santa Barbara's backyard, in the Santa Ynez Valley. You really feel like being in Southern France or in Italy. Over the last 5 years, more and more vineyards have opened up to the public and have set-up tasting rooms, .... a cool Sunday activity. You definityl should try to attend the Santa Barbara Fiesta, which is a very old ond big parade down the main street of Santa Barbara: State Street

After the second part of the...

by Lys-Noir

After the second part of the *scenic drive*...and no sights due 'foggy weather', it was time to find the INN I had read about by chance in one of my belgian magazine.

This town doesn't look like normal american ones - it has spanish architecture which is easily explained by the fact that Santa Barbara was under Spanish and Mexican control from 1782 until 1846. However there is little left from that period. After the 1925 earthquake, the Architectural Board of Review decided to promote the Spanish Colonial look, which can now be appreciated throughout the town.
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a grim reminder

by richiecdisc

In Santa Barbara, everything kind of looks pretty and on first sight, this large group of crosses seems to blend effortlessly into the sandy beach. Then you read that each cross represents a soldier killed in Iraq and it takes on a new meaning. It is meant to be a silent protest against the war but others see it as a tribute to the soldiers killed fighting for freedom. Perhaps the most amazing thing is the 500+ crosses are set up each Sunday morning and taken down late in the afternoon. If you are in town on a Sunday, it will be hard to miss as it is right next to the entrance to the pier down on the seaside.

Packing List

by OceanMan

Backpack is prretty much all you will need around town. Shorts and T-shirts 90% of the year. A rain jacket for the odd times. Levis I suppose. Flip Flops for sure.(AKA Sandals) Humm Prescribed meds I suppose for ease of access. Everything else we have..:) Anything you feel like hauling around.. I personally usually use disposables.:) Towls, Charcoal, Beach Blankets, Sunscreen, You know the usual..:)


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 Pacific Crest Inn

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Address: 433 Corona Del Mar, Santa Barbara, California, 93103, United States