The densely populated area on the ocean side of main artery State Street is the Westside. This urban neighborhood (bordered by the Mesa to the north) attracts all types, from families getting by to college kids to those of means seeking ocean-side living. You’ll see many people walking or biking to jobs downtown from here, especially from the Highway 101-adjacent portion of the neighborhood. It’s eclectic to the extreme, very affordable, for Santa Barbara, and has a distinctly different vibe from the rest of town, culturally and economically. West Beach is right across palm-tree-lined Cabrillo Boulevard, which to many is what Santa Barbara is all about. People journey from all over the world to stay in many hotels by the beach. (Think Segway and trolley tours, families touring on rented bicycles, brunch seekers, and ice cream eaters.) Yet with community softball games at Pershing Park, convenient bus transportation, and one of the widest ranges of people to be found in S.B., the Westside is mainly known for its real, hardworking Santa Barbarans.
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