Santa Maria in California

1 October 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Santa Maria–style barbecue made with pink beans © flickr.com - Eugene Kim/cc-by-2.0

Santa Maria–style barbecue made with pink beans © flickr.com – Eugene Kim/cc-by-2.0

Santa Maria (Spanish for “St. Mary“) is a city in the Central Coast of California in northern Santa Barbara County. It is approximately 65 miles (105 km) northwest of Santa Barbara and 150 miles (240 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Its population was 109,707 at the 2020 census, making it the most populous city in the county and the Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA Metro Area. The city is notable for its wine industry and Santa Maria-style barbecue.   read more…

Channel Islands of California

21 December 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area Reading Time:  12 minutes

Santa Catalina Island - Avalon © Spartan7W/cc-by-sa-3.0

Santa Catalina Island – Avalon © Spartan7W/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Channel Islands are an archipelago of eight islands (Anacapa, San Miguel, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Clemente, San Nicolas, Santa Barbara und Santa Catalina) located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California along the Santa Barbara Channel in the United States of America. Five of the islands are part of Channel Islands National Park, and the waters surrounding these islands make up Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.   read more…

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