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While the City of Goleta is known as an affordable bedroom-community with a wide variety of residences, it also possesses some of the most scenic coastline along the Central Coast as well as vast ranches in the surrounding area. At the westerly-most portion of Goleta is the oceanfront Ritz-Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara, a resort situated on 78 acres with fine dining, a spa/wellness center, and three saline zero-edge pools. 

Goleta is also home to the eucalyptus laden butterfly preserve, home to numerous migrating Monarch butterflies. Also tucked into the Goleta area is the oceanfront University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) – a favorite surfing spot there is Campus Point. 

Goleta is also a major employment hub for Santa Barbara County. With a variety of high-tech and manufacturing companies, Goleta is also known as the infrared capital of the world. Top employers include UCSB and Raytheon. 

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