Another option would be Ventura and Ojai. Both are charming. Channel Islands National Park is offshore with Park headquarters being in Ventura. There are boat day trips offered and the scenery is unique. Ojai has wonderful little shops and several very upscale hotels.
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Local pronunciation hint --in the area is Port Hueneme (h-Y Nee Me)
This whole area is a very pretty part of the Coast. Much cheaper than Santa Barbara.