Spring Break in Santa Barbara: Eagerly Awaiting an Economic Boost after Rainy Start to Year”.

Spring break revitalizes the Central Coast economy following a lackluster start to the year.

The Santa Barbara economy in California is eagerly awaiting a boost from sunshine and Spring break travelers after a rainy start to the year. Despite the rainy conditions in the first quarter, the business community is optimistic about the potential influx of travelers for vacation stays, shopping, and dining out.

During the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in early February, there was a noticeable increase in visitors to the city. Movie fans were out at the theaters and out-of-towners were spending a few nights in the area.

As Spring break travelers begin to arrive this week, with temperatures in the upper 60’s to low 70’s, there is a sense of anticipation for the economic boost they will bring. However, rain is in the forecast for Friday from a Pacific Ocean stream coming onto the shore.

Various locations in Santa Barbara, such as the Old Mission, the harbor, Stearns Wharf, and others are expected to see an economic spike from increased visitors during Spring break. Travel experts also note that returning travelers from post-pandemic trips after many people were on staycations in 2020-2021 will contribute to more activity in Santa Barbara’s economy. More details, video, and photos will be added to this story later today.

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