Located in the scenic county of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria is a coastal Southern California city with beauty and charm. Year-round Santa Maria city is mild in temperature and sees little rain since it is so close to the ocean. I have traveled to Santa Maria as a destination several times, mostly for dining at various restaurants or spa treatments.
Santa Maria was put on the map of fame by their renowned and delectable BBQ style. One of the best places in this city to find great BBQ is Barbecue Land. The food is delicious and fresh, served with a gourmet twist. There are several great spas in Santa Maria too, all very clean and luxurious. Boutique stores are present in plentiful numbers here. Several upscale nightlife venues and cocktail lounges are also found throughout the city.
Living in Santa Maria is a notion many people in the greater Los Angeles area strive toward or just fantasize about. Real estate rates are fairly average for California and the city is far enough away from the Los Angeles area that commuting would be impossible or extremely undesirable. Those who are able to work in Santa Maria will enjoy living there though.