The Santa Maria Valley is nestled in the foothills of Santa Barbara County Wine Country. Located in the heart of California’s Central Coast, you will discover mild weather, beautiful landscapes, world famous Santa Maria Style Barbecue, award-winning wineries and so much more.

The Santa Maria Valley is comprised of the city of Santa Maria.  To the south, you’ll find the unincorporated area of Old Town Orcutt.  To the west, along Highway 1, you’ll find SMV Panorama, Thomas Greenthe small town of Guadalupe, where the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center is your gateway to the highest beach dunes on the West Coast!

Our central location within the state makes Santa Maria the perfect hub from which to enjoy endless activities for your getaway, with the Pacific Ocean to the West and award-winning wineries in our scenic wine country to the East.

We are 20 minutes south of Pismo Beach and about an hour north of Santa Barbara.  Affordable, beautifully appointed lodging choices are available here, with a range of pricing and variety available.

Whether you are traveling with your family, on a business trip or just exploring the iconic Central Coast as you head toward Highway 1, Santa Maria Valley has something for everyone.

We warmly invite you to sample a Taste of the Santa Maria Valley! Keep up on Santa Maria news on Facebook and Twitter.  Sign up for our quarterly Sweet Spot enewsletter and the #SantaMaria Fave 5s events update View from the Mesa, Lisa Cabanerofor the weekend at

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor and Convention Bureau is your best resource for information on where to stay, things to do, where to eat, where to meet and more! Please stop by our Visitor Center at 614 S. Broadway, in Santa Maria, California, USA. We are open to serve you Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. Closed weekends, but we do have information available in an outdoor literature display rack and next door at the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society Museum as well. You can also reach us at (800) 331-3779 or


Find agendas and meeting materials for the Santa Maria Tourism Improvement District here.