Residents enjoy a year-round average temperature in the 70s, the beauty of nearby beaches and rolling foothills, and a safe and comfortable lifestyle free from the traffic congestion and smog of our big-city neighbors to the north and south. Further, a stable economic base has ensured Santa Maria's standing as an agricultural, regional trading, manufacturing and service center. Parks, fine schools, and a strong community spirit make Santa Maria an ideal place for families.
Those looking for outdoor recreation can choose to golf on one of 20 courses in the area; camp, hike or bike on the slopes of Figueroa Mountain; or take a walk through the Rancho Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Preserve, a spectacular area with beach dunes towering at 500 feet. Other attractions include swimming, surfing or relaxing at nearby beaches and kayaking and windsurfing at neighboring Pismo Beach and Lopez Lake.