A small but welcoming town, Santa Barbara is the perfect place for improving your English. During my stay there, I could exercise my English skills. I met fantastic people with whom I spent fantastic moments. The school was very friendly and organised many activities and excursions. The teachers were all qualified and available if we had questions or didn’t understand something. The classrooms were large, with students from various countries. In the cafeteria, during the lunch break, there was a wide choice of dishes, from an American burger with fries to a chicken salad with the sauce of your choice. There were also Lasagnas. With a few dollars, you could have a balanced meal.
The school was located 10 minutes away from the town centre, in the State Street (Santa Barbara’s main street). The beach is a 10 minutes’ walk from the school, it was perfect for a nice afternoon with people from the apartments or from the school. For shopping addicts, there were plenty of choices. In the next town, Camarillo, there was a mall, just outside Santa Barbara, where you could buy American designer clothes at an affordable price, especially during the sales period. I visited many places like San Diego or the Mexican town of Tijuana, Los Angeles and Hollywood, the Universal Studios and the Vista Island. During the festival, you can see car parades and people wearing traditional clothes, and Santa Barbara’s inhabitants are very keen on this event. The night events in Santa Barbara begin very early, around 7 p.m. and end towards 1.30 p.m.
Still during the festival period, you can buy souvenirs of alls kinds on little stands on the beach. People are kind and polite there. In short, Santa Barbara is the perfect town for students who want to spend nice holidays but off the beaten track. My stay was beautiful and I might go back there.