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Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
17 W Haley St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Canary Hotel
31 W Carrillo St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Hotel Santa Barbara
533 State St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Inn By The Harbor
433 W Montecito St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The Eagle Inn
232 Natoma Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Brisas Del Mar Inn At The Beach
223 Castillo St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Villa Rosa
15 Chapala St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
128 Castillo St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Ala Mar By The Sea
102 West Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara
202 W Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Casa Del Mar Inn B&B
18 Bath Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

West Beach Inn - A Coast Hotel
306 W Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Bath Street Inn
1720 Bath Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93010

Fiesta Inn And Suites
1816 State St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Fess Parkers Doubletree Resort
633 E Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Best Western Encina Lodge Suites
2220 Bath St
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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About Downtown Santa Barbara

As far back as 13,000 years ago, the Chumash have lived in what is now present-day Santa Barbara. As a matter of fact, the oldest human remains in North America were discovered only 30 miles from the city.

It was not uncommon to see many Chumash villages sitting along the shores throughout the time that European ships began to sail the Pacific Ocean. A testament to their artistic endeavors can be found in the Chumash Painted Cave where paintings on the rocks are still in existence to this day. Unfortunately, the population did not survive well after the Europeans began to permanently settle these lands.

The first permanent colonizers were the Spanish who were sent to the area by King Carlos III to convert the Chumash to their religion Christianity in 1769. At this time, the Spanish believed that they needed to build forts to protect the area against the British and Russian explorers that were also in abundance. The main fort was called the Presidio of Santa Barbara, and it is where several of the present day families can trace their lineage. The street names Cota, Ortega and de la Guerra are names that people will find written all over Santa Barbara, and they are the names belonging to these oldest families.

The area also received its mission at this time built to serve the Chumash community in their conversion efforts. As Mission Santa Barbara was being built, the clergy was working to convert the indigenous people but this proved to be a difficult task. On December 21, 1812, the mission and the rest of the city of Santa Barbara were severely damaged by an earthquake. The mission still stands today because it was rebuilt to be a much stronger fortress than the original had been.

In the 20th century, the population began to grow in Santa Barbara. The University of California chose this city as an area to build its latest institution of learning. The explosion in the population forced more houses, highways, and a reservoir to be constructed. The area previously had oil wells but after these were removed in the mid-20th century, the oil industry has continuously been rejected. The people's disdain for oil can be seen very recently after a devastating oil spill that occurred in the 1970s.

Presently, Santa Barbara residents keep their city from growing too quickly in order to ensure that it remains "green."