Retire in Santa Barbara, CA

Livability Score
53
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
Total Population
89669
Median Househould Income
65916
Median Age
36.4
65 Years and Over
13701
Median Home Value
837200
Unemployed
3426
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Corazon Cocina

I was in Santa Barbara for the day looking for new places to try. I came across Corazōn on Yelp, it had 5 stars so I had to give it a try. I don't have a...

2. Mesa Verde

This place is one of the best vegan restaurants I've ever been too! The food, atmosphere, and staff were out of this world amazing. We had a quick Sunday...

3. Bree'osh

What.a.find!? I was looking for a brunch place to stop at on my way back to LA from Santa Barbara and came across this gem, and now, let's just say I might...

4. Mony's Mexican Food

I thought I tried every taqueria in SB, and previously the little carneceria on de la vina was my #1... that was until today, when I stumbled upon Mony's in...

5. Yoichi's

https://youtu.be/Zuj1WkTudZU This place is where you want to go if you want to celebrate something very special. We went here to celebrate our 4th Year...

Golf
1. Rancho San Marcos Golf Course

Played this afternoon and although very dry fairways and tee boxes, the greens and fringes were nice. The scenery is beautiful and pretty mountain passes to...

2. Hidden Oaks Golf Course

As others have said, this is a fun little course. Tucked away in a nice little neighborhood, you're likely to find yourself without anyone in front or...

3. Glen Annie Golf Club

**Reviewing this as a wedding venue** My wife's friend had her wedding ceremony and reception here. Beautiful outdoor space with green lawn and white...

4. Santa Barbara Golf Club

5 stars for what it is- a well maintained and laid out municipal course that teaches juniors the game, provides a gathering place for senior golfers and for...

5. Birnam Wood Golf Club

Totally above 5 stars. Only for the Elite! Food service is great. The wine expert on site Marc is fantastic. Golf is one of the best in the country if not...

Active
1. E-bike Santa Barbara

Karen and her bikes are such a rad way to explore Santa Barbara!! We spent the day zipping (because those things book) through some great parts of the...

2. Santa Barbara Adventure Company

We booked a sea kayaking tour on Santa Cruz Island (Channel Islands National Park) through them about four months in advance. Customer service over the...

3. Enjoy the Mountain

I surprised my girlfriend with a 2 hour ATV ride for our one year anniversary. And man, was it a blast! Jorge was our guide and he was professional,...

4. Channel Islands Outfitters

We took the caves and coves tour on Oct 16 as a group of 7, and had an amazing time from beginning to end. Channel Islands Outfitters were professional,...

5. Douglas Family Preserve

This was an awesome, short hike. We parked at Arroyo Burro Beach (followed the Google maps directions) then went to the trailhead at the south east corner...

Arts
1. Santa Barbara Art Glass

Wow!! Where to start? First, we've made friends for life in Saul and Gina! My husband and Saul are kindred spirits. We loved soaking up every bit of what...

2. Fox Wine Co

Fox Wine Co; Yes!! The pinot is a delight and the Happy Canyon Cab is gorgeous. The space is relaxed and a lovely retreat in a rad neighborhood. David...

3. The Painted Cabernet

Love this place. Good for special occasions, date night, friends night out etc. Check their website if you want to go there based on when they do a certain...

4. Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens

Visited downtown Santa Barbara in search of dog-friendly places and found this park. Great place for an easy and relaxing walk. There are even informational...

5. University Club of Santa Barbara

We got married at the Riviera Mansion in July and had a wonderful wedding. We looked at so many venues in different locations and styles. This place...

Shopping
1. The Dress

I had literally NO IDEA what i was looking for when i came into the dress. Most girls at least have some sort of pintrest picture they like, or an idea of...

2. The Book Den

I stopped in here on my way through Santa Barbara. Used and new books on the shelves, curated only like a lovely independent bookstore can do. It as busy...

3. Paradise Found

This is my favorite place to go, browse, get a reading and generally feel good vibes. Great selection of books, incense, jewelry, music, wind chimes, etc....

4. Plum Goods

A serious shout-out to the owner of Plum Goods, Fabian. This guy really knows how to take great care of his customers. We were given a lovely cookbook from...

5. Game Seeker

Fantastic shop. Megan, one of the associates, was extremely helpful and enthusiastically knowledgeable about all of their games. Ask her about "gobbles".

Health
1. Trevor Denny, DDS MA

Great dentistry. Dr Denny has acquired the best staff, from the front desk to the back. I would highly recommend them. It's a nice relaxing friendly...

2. Barry Family Chiropractic

I first went to Dr. Barry a little over a year ago after hurting my back while training for a half marathon. As a fellow runner, I appreciated Dr. Barry...

3. Stuart R Winthrop, MD

THERE ARE DOCTORS AND THERE ARE GREAT DOCTORS, THEN THERE IS STEWART WINTHROP MD. F.A.C.S There a very few doctors, let alone eye doctors that fall into...

4. Imagine X Functional Neurology

I'm so happy that I found Dr. Josh and all of the staff! I suffered from Vertigo and terrible headaches. I've had many issues over the years due to neck and...

5. Stephen Fountain, LMT

I cannot say enough good things about Stephen. As an ultrarunner, I get regular massages to keep the legs loose and avoid injury. I do not think it is an...

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