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The Conference Facilities

The conference will be held on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. The campus is located adjacent to the Santa Barbara airport and the Pacific Ocean in Goleta; free shuttle bus service from the airport is available for those attendees staying on campus only (those staying in hotels will need to secure their own transportation from the airport and to/from the University). Reasonably priced accommodations are available in the university residence halls for participants and their registered guests. See this page for price information and to register. Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to stay in the dormitories, so those bringing younger children will need to make separate arrangements in one of the nearby hotels (see Hotels, below). Parking on campus is available at no cost to participants who reside on campus, but a permit must be requested on arrival. Smoking inside campus buildings is prohibited.

Important: Bring a sweater and/or jacket. Santa Barbara can be cold at night. (This is crucial for the beach party!)

See a map of the UCSB Campus and of the Goleta area.

UCSB housing information and registration are here.

Travel Information

The UCSB campus is located approximately two miles from the Santa Barbara airport (code: SBA), which is served by several airlines including American, America West, Delta, United, and US Airways. Complimentary shuttle bus service will be provided between the Santa Barbara airport and the campus beginning on Saturday for early arrivals, and is also available on the last day of the conference (as well as for late departures on Friday). All major rental car agencies are represented in Santa Barbara. AMTRAK also has rail connections from both San Francisco and Los Angeles. There is also a bus that runs from LAX to Goleta (which stops 1 mile from UCSB). Santa Barbara is approximately 100 miles (160 km) north of the Los Angeles airport, and 350 miles (560 km) south of San Francisco. Information about the weather in Santa Barbara can be found here.


For those who choose not to stay in the dormitories, the following is a partial list of hotels in the area.  Those who choose to stay off campus are responsible for making their own reservations.  Early reservations are advised, since August is a popular season in Santa Barbara.  Blocks of rooms will be reserved in the Pacifica Suites, Holiday Inn, Best Western South Coast Inn, Ramada Limited, Hotel Oceana and TheUpham Hotel & Country House.

Note that Goleta is closer to UCSB than Santa Barbara is to UCSB, but a car will probably be required to travel between any hotel and the campus.  All prices are subject to change and do not include a 10-12% tax; prices should be confirmed by calling the hotels directly.  Mention Crypto 2005 at UCSB when you are making your reservations, since at the following hotels you will be eligible for the university rate, which can be a significant savings.  PLEASE NOTE: rates for Friday and Saturday night stayovers are significantly higher.  The quality of the hotels ranges from rather expensive beach-front resorts to basic, inexpensive accommodations.  For further information, try contacting the Santa Barbara Convention and Visitors Center,

Pacifica Suites  5490 Hollister, Goleta, CA 93111.  Phone: (805) 683-6722; Fax: (805) 683-4121.  Rates: $169 single; $169 double(Sun-Thur nightly rates). Three minutes from the University.  Rate includes up to two complimentary cooked-to-order breakfasts, two rooms, two TV’s, microwave, stereo, refrigerator, pool and Jacuzzi.  Complimentary beverages served from 5-7 pm.  With 24-hour advance notice, will provide shuttle service to and from the Santa Barbara Airport, 8:00am-5:00pm.

Holiday Inn:  5650 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117.  Phone: (805) 964-6241 ; Fax : (805) 964-8467.  Rates: $149 single/double (Sun-Thur nightly rates).  Five minutes from the University.  Full service restaurant; heated pool in palm garden setting.  Complimentary airport shuttle, 6am-10pm.

Best Western South Coast Inn: 5620 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117.  Phone: (805) 967-3200; Fax: (805) 683-4466.  Rates: $113 single/$123 double (Sun-Thur nightly rates).  Five minutes from the University; newly renovated.  Continental Breakfast Buffet daily.  Complimentary afternoon beverages Monday through Thursday.  Free local calls.  Fridge, coffeemaker, hairdryer and free internet access in all rooms.  Pool and spa.  Morning and evening shuttle to UCSB and airport 7:30 am – 10:30 pm.

Ramada Limited: 4770 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA  93110.  Phone: (805) 964-3511; Fax: (805) 964-0075.  Rates: $125 single/double (Sun-Thur nightly rates).  Five minutes from the University.  Data ports for internet access.  Complimentary buffet-style continental breakfast.

Hotel Oceana: 202 West Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.  Phone: (805) 965-4577; Fax: (805) 965-9937.  Rates: $159 single/$189 double (Sun-Thur nightly rates).  Situated in Santa Barbara’s West Beach, guests are within a stone’s throw of the ocean.  The hotel features sundecks, two heated pools, a Jacuzzi and beautiful parks and gardens.  Hotel Oceana has all the Mediterranean charm of Santa Barbara.

The Upham Victorian Hotel and Garden Cottages: 1404 De la Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.  Phone: (805) 962-0058; Fax: (805) 963-2825.  Rates: $129 single/$165 double (Sun-Thur nightly rates).  A bed and breakfast in downtown Santa Barbara.  Complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon refreshments provided.

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