Spring Break and Sunshine Bringing Economic Boost to Santa Barbara, CA

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

Santa Barbara, California is gearing up for a boost in the economy from sunshine and Spring break travelers. Despite a rainy start to the year, businesses are optimistic about the potential influx of visitors 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. The overall impact of Spring break on the economy is seen as positive, especially if young people are part of the equation. However, it can also lead to more crowds and safety concerns, as was seen during the recent St. Fratty’s Day celebration in San Luis Obispo.

Various locations in Santa Barbara, such as the Old Mission, the harbor, Stearns Wharf, the Santa Barbara Zoo, and others, are expected to see an economic spike from

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