An Overview of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties and

Welcome to the 805 area of California and (pronounced "in 805"), Your Guide to the 805 Area ©. We "coined" the phrase "Welcome to the 805" in 2007 and have been providing local 805 information, events, news, city guides and other information to the community. Whether you are new to "the 805" or have lived here for years, we have the most up to date information. This includes cities & communities, events, tickets and venue information (regionally & nationally), business listings & reviews, local articles & guides, hotel & visitor's information, outdoors, beaches and more about the 805 and 820 areas of California.

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About the 805 and 820 Areas of California

The 805 and 820 area codes cover a beautiful and diverse region of California, encompassing parts of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and even extending into Los Angeles counties. This area is known for its stunning coastal landscapes, vibrant communities, and a wealth of outdoor activities. Let's explore the cities and counties that make up this area, highlighting what makes it such a great place to live.


San Luis Obispo County:

Cities: Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo (county seat), and many others.

Overview: San Luis Obispo County is known for its charming coastal towns, world-class vineyards, and outdoor recreational opportunities. The area boasts beautiful beaches, including the iconic Pismo Beach and Morro Bay. The county is also home to the bustling city of San Luis Obispo, known for its lively downtown and the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.


Santa Barbara County:

Cities: Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Barbara (county seat), Santa Maria, Solvang, and others.

Overview: Santa Barbara County is renowned for its Mediterranean climate, stunning coastline, and picturesque towns. The area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with opportunities for hiking, surfing, and wine tasting in the renowned Santa Ynez Valley. The city of Santa Barbara is the county seat and is famous for its Spanish architecture, beautiful beaches, and vibrant arts scene.

Ventura County:

Cities: Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks (county seat), and others.

Overview: Ventura County offers a blend of coastal beauty and inland charm. The county features stunning beaches, such as Ventura and Oxnard, as well as the peaceful Ojai Valley. The city of Thousand Oaks serves as the county seat and boasts a strong economy, excellent schools, and a variety of cultural attractions.


Los Angeles County (Ventura County Line):

Cities: Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Los Angeles, Westlake Village, and others.

Overview: While only a small portion of Los Angeles County falls within the 805 and 820 area codes, this area offers a mix of suburban living and access to the amenities of Los Angeles. The region is known for its upscale communities, excellent schools, and proximity to outdoor recreational areas like Malibu Creek State Park and the Santa Monica Mountains.

Living in the 805 and 820 area codes offers a unique lifestyle with access to the local ocean, stunning beaches, lakes, hiking trails, and other outdoor areas. The area boasts a strong economy with a variety of job opportunities, particularly in industries like technology, agriculture, and tourism. With its near-perfect weather all year round, it's no wonder why the 805 and 820 area codes are considered one of the best places to live in California. Welcome to the 805!


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