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Santa Maria (California)

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Santa Maria is a city in Santa Barbara County in California.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Santa Maria has a one terminal airport. Scheduled flights are available to and from San Francisco ( on United Airlines [11]) and Las Vegas (Sunday, Wednesday and Friday service only on Allegiant Air [12]. Prices start around $200 for a ticket purchased separately, but are much less expensive when combined with flights. Some direct weekday flights from Santa Maria to Las Vegas via Allegiant Air can be as inexpensive as $39 plus fees each way.

Air Charter or air taxi is another alternative, where you can catch flights to San Diego for the weekend, or to any large or small airport. Air charters fly point-to-point, at the departure time, departure airport, and arrival airport of the passengers' choosing. Prices start around $150 for a seat on flights that might already be going to your destination, or go from $1,000 to $10,000 or more for a custom-chartered flight where you hire the aircraft to fly you directly to your destination, any time you want to go. On-demand flights, and seats on flights already chartered to/from Santa Maria are offered by Great Circle Aviation [13] and other charter airlines.

By bus[edit]

There is a Greyhound station at 755 W Cypress Street, and the Greyhound bus also stops at the same IHOP as the Amtrak bus.

Also, there are regional buses to San Luis Obispo, Lompoc, Solvang and a rush hour van to/from Santa Barbara.

By train[edit]

Amtrak [14] provides connecting bus service through Santa Maria (bus stop is located at the IHOP near 101/Main St). The bus connects with the Pacific Surfliner train in Santa Barbara. There is a train station in the near-by town of Guadalupe served by the Pacific Surfliner Amtrak train (one southbound train from San Luis Obispo stops there in the morning, northbound train from San Diego stops there at night). From Guadalupe, take the Guadalupe Flyer bus to downtown Santa Maria.

By car[edit]

Santa Maria is home to one of the first and one of the few still-operating drive-in movie theaters, it is definitely a car town. Highway 101 runs through Santa Maria, as well as California highways 1, 135 and 166. North on 101 takes you through Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, and on to San Francisco . South takes you to Solvang, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles. Highway 1 is a scenic drive, taken northward it leads you through several small towns eventually connecting with 101 just past Pismo Beach. Taken south it leads to Lompoc and Vandenberg Air Force Base. Highway 166 west takes you to Guadalupe, and east takes you to the great central valley of California. Highway 135 south takes you to Vandenberg Air Force Base and eventually connect with 101 at Los Alamos. North will also take you to the 101 near the northern city limits.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Santa Maria has public transportation, SMAT [15], with more coverage during the day, and service ending at 10:15 pm. SMAT has routes all throughout the city. Public transportation is limited and a car would be best.

By car[edit]

By bike[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

There are not very many tourist attractions in Santa Maria proper, but the Santa Maria Inn [16] has a very interesting set of photos and documents about the history of the area and Captain Alan Hancock, the person who essentially established Santa Maria, or Central City, as he knew it.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Boomers! Fun Park, 2250 N. Preisker Lane, +1 805 928-4942, [1]. M-F: 12 noon-9PM, Sa: 10AM-9PM, Su: 10AM-9PM. Miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, arcade, and rock climbing wall.  edit
  • Hi-Way Drive-In Theatre, 3085 Santa Maria Way, +1 805 937-3515. One of the few remaining drive-in movie theatres in the United States. Call for current film and showtime.  edit
  • Santa Maria Speedway, 1900 Hutton Rd (1/4-mile (0.4 km) north of the 101/166 interchange), +1 805 202-1492, [2]. Mid-April to mid-October. Sa: Gates open at 3PM, races start at 5PM. 1/3 mile (0.5 km) clay oval track on which everything from factory stock to bandit sprint cars race. Part of the Coors Light Summer Racing Series. Call +1 805 922-2233 for prices.  edit
  • Waller County Park, +1 805 934-6123, [3]. 8AM-sunset. A huge park with lakes, pony rides, hiking and biking trails, a frisbee golf course, and plenty of grassy lawn space. Free.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Santa Maria Town Center is a major shopping mall in Santa Maria, located at the junction of Broadway (Route 135) and Main Street (Route 166).

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • IHOP - 202 Nicholson Ave, +1 805 925 1513‎
  • Olive Garden - Italian, 1210 S. Bradley Rd, +1 805 922 8809‎
  • Shaw's Famous Steak House - 714 S Broadway, +1 805 925 9226‎
  • Carrow's - American, 1635 S Broadway, +1 805 922 8538‎
  • Baker's Square Restaurant and Pie - 1841 S Broadway, +1 805 925 6661‎
  • Ichiban Japanese Restaurant‎ - 2011 S Broadway # L, +1 805 614 9808‎
  • Boy's Restaurant - 117 N College Dr, +1 805 922 1515‎
  • Klondike Pizza - 2059 S Broadway, +1 805 348 3667‎
  • Original Roadhouse Grill - 1423 S Bradley Rd, +1 805 614 0586‎
  • Atari-Ya Japanese Restaurant, 1551 Stowell Center Plz, (805) 922-0025, [4]. Established in 1984, Atari-ya is a Japanese owned and operated restaurant serving the finest authentic Japanese cuisine to the residents and visitors of the Central Coast.  edit
  • Orcutt Burger - 1099 E Clark Ave, Santa Maria, CA 93455

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Louie B's, 213 E Main St, (805) 925-1193. 10am til 2am. A bar with a standard selection of liquor and mixed drinks. No beer on tap only by the bottle. karaoke a few times a week. 2 pool tables  edit
  • O'Sullivan's Pub, 633 E Main St, 805-925-0658, [5]. An Irish bar with a good selection of beers on tap. No liquor. 2 pool tables.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Quality Inn Santa Maria, 210 Nicholson Ave, 805-922-5891, [6]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: 11am. Located right off the freeway near Marian Hospital and Mission Hope Cancer Center. Open 24 hours offering daily free HOT breakfast, Heater Pool, SPA & Kids pool. Onsite 24 hour restaurant available. Short drive to winery, airport & beaches. Rates starting as low as $89.  edit
  • Best Western Big America, 1725 N Broadway, +1 805 922-5200 (toll free: +1 800 426-3213, fax: +1 805 922-9865), [7].  edit
  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 2100 N. Broadway, +1 805 928-6000, [8].  edit
  • Motel 6, 2040 North Preisker Lane, +1 805 928-8111 (fax: +1 805 349-1219), [9].  edit
  • The Historic Santa Maria Inn, 801 South Broadway, +1 805 928-7777 (fax: +1 805 928-5690), [10]. A Central Coast landmark since 1917.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Nipomo-Guadalupe Dunes - an 18 mile stretch of shoreline containing the second-largest coastal dune field in California. Located west of Santa Maria.

Routes through Santa Maria
San Luis ObispoNipomo  N noframe S  BuelltonSanta Barbara

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