Goleta initially named “The Good Land”
Goleta is located just minutes from the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, Amtrak Goleta train station, or easily by car just off Highway 101. Called “The Good Land” truly The weather is remarkably comfortable and mild year-round. High temperatures typically fall within a 10-degree range of 70°F (21°C) while lows rarely fall below 40°F (4.4°C).
The town is situated between the Santa Ynez Mountains, which offer a scenic backdrop to downtown, and the Pacific Ocean with temperatures warm enough to be outside all year long, and a list of things to do that includes cycling, world-class surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, camping, and golf.
Goleta is also home to “University of California Santa Barbara” (UCSB) — a remarkably beautiful campus located right on the coast, and the Santa Barbara Airport. In short, everything you need to have a good time is right here.
The Goleta community exemplifies diversity and balance in areas such as: single-family homes and multi-family apartments; new start-ups and long-established and thriving businesses; quiet neighborhood streets and smoothly flowing freeways; tree canopies and wide open spaces; organic farms and high technology manufacturing; a busy Old Town commercial district, shopping centers, and lively local farmers’ markets; diverse scenic views that include ocean and island vistas as well as the backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains and foothills; and a range of opportunities for passive recreation and active sports.
Come to enjoy the best in family friendly nightlife at the West Wind Drive-In Theater where you can kick back in your car or truck with the whole family for a double feature of the latest movies. Take to the lanes for a classic night of bowling at Zodo’s or skate, spin, and swish across the ice rink at Ice in Paradise. If you’re looking to get the last of the wiggles out of the kids before settling in for the night, bounce it out at Cloud Ten Jump Club’s trampoline gym.
Goleta truly is The Good Land of Santa Barbara with family friendly activities and locals-only haunts all within a 10-mile stretch of beautiful coastal and agricultural land.
History of Goleta
Until the early 1700s, the Goleta Valley area was populated by the native Chumash people. In the late 1700s two Spanish expeditions came to the area and founded the Santa Barbara Mission and the Presidio. To support army operations, dense oak forests were cut down in the Goleta Valley to support cattle grazing and farming. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, former Presidio soldiers who were granted land by the Mexican government turned the Goleta Valley area into a prominent lemon-growing region. In addition, several areas, especially the Ellwood Mesa, were developed for oil and natural gas extraction.
With the construction of U.S. Highway 101 in 1947, Cachuma Dam in 1950, and University of California, Santa Barbara moving to area in 1954, the Goleta Valley saw a great deal of growth and transitioned from a rural-agriculture community to a suburban area of ranch style tract homes and defense-related research and aerospace firms.