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The Santa Maria Valley welcomes your next production, and we are here to assist you with all of your filming needs. Whether you are scouting for beaches, quaint towns, mountains, rolling hills, vineyards, ranches or agriculture fields... they can all be found within close proximity to each other in the Santa Maria Valley. Please call our office at 800-331-3779 ext. 814 for assistance. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you soon!

Santa Maria is located in California's Central Coast between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, approximately 170 miles north of Los Angeles and 270 miles south of San Francisco. The Santa Maria Valley lies between the ranges of the Sierra Madre Mountains and the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean. It includes the cities of Santa Maria and Guadalupe, as well as unincorporated Orcutt.

Highway 101 runs through the valley, while Scenic Highway 1 borders to the west. Highway 166 runs east to the I-5 near Bakersfield.

Located 12 miles from the Pacific coastline, Santa Maria enjoys a smog-free climate with mild temperatures throughout the year. Ocean breezes cool the valley in the summer and warm it in the winter. Rainfall, averaging over two inches during the winter months, turns the valley to spring by mid-January. Expect hazy morning fog during the summer months and cooler evening temperatures during the winter.

Average Temperatures Rain Humidity
Period    Min.   Mean.    Max. (Inches) 4 a.m.    10 a.m.    4 p.m.
Jan. 37.9 50.3 62.6 2.18 81 63 59
April 44.8 55.0 66.1 1.23 88 63 63
July 52.4 62.1 71.8 .01 88 64 62
Oct. 47.6 60.5 73.4 .51 85 53 59
Year 45.4 56.8 68.2 11.37 86 62 62
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City of Santa Maria - 91,110
Santa Maria Valley - 127,411

California Film Commission
Santa Barbara County Film Commission
The City of Santa Maria film permit is available online to assist production companies.

Complimentary services include:

Local Photo Library
Full-color slides, a digital photo CD, interactive DVD and a four-minute video featuring the Valley’s beautiful wine country, recreation activities, and other visitor information are available through the Bureau. A representative from your group may request them free of charge.

Location Database
Full-color photos of vineyards, rustic ranches, farmlands, rolling hills, winding roads, natural sand dunes, deserted beaches, marine preserves, and historical sites.

Film Resources Directory
Let area businesses provide you with the assistance you need. Whether it's production services, costumes, transportation, equipment rentals or supplies -- we've got it all.

Familiarization Trips
The Bureau is pleased to offer information on Familiarization Tours (FAMs) available throughout the year for travel planners. Please contact us if you are interested in visiting the Santa Maria Valley on a FAM tour. Should you wish a preliminary visit to our area for an on-site selection, the Bureau will arrange itineraries with a variety of options based upon your specifications.

Accommodations Assistance
Bureau personnel will obtain hotel availability and rate information from local hotels for you and your crew.

Media Database
A complete listing of newspapers, radio stations and television stations in the area available at your fingertips.

Welcome Bags for Cast & Crew (includes maps, restaurants, and area attractions)
The Bureau provides welcome bags full of literature for your clients that contain useful information for visitors to the Santa Maria Valley. These bags contain information such as brochures on local attractions, wine tasting maps, city maps, restaurant guides, special event calendars, and small souvenir items such as magnets, mouse pads, pinquito beans, and postcards. Please submit your request for these materials one-month ahead of your arrival date and we’ll have them ready for you when you get here.

Interactive DVD
The greater resolution of our interactive DVD enables viewers to truly experience and appreciate the beauty of our Valley. Features include documentary-style footage, recipes, interactive menus, links to the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau website, and maps.



©2007 Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau
614 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454-5111

Phone: 800-331-3779
Fax: 805-928-7559