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


Mar 25, 2024

The Central Coast economy in Santa Barbara, California is eagerly awaiting a boost from sunshine and Spring break travelers after a rainy start to the year. The rainy conditions in the first quarter have made it a soggy beginning for businesses in the area.

Despite the rain and cold weather at the start of the year, the business community is optimistic about the potential influx of travelers for vacation stays, shopping, and dining out. The hope is that the upcoming Spring break season will bring more activity to the area.

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 the increase in visitors. Travel experts also note a wave of returning travelers from post-pandemic trips after many people were on staycations in 2020-2022. More details, video, and photos will be added to this story later today.

By editor

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