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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.

Travel Information

The UCSB campus is located approximately two miles from the Santa Barbara airport (code: SBA), which is served by several airlines including Alaska Air, American, 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, and the Harbor View Inn.

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 2008 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. For further information, try contacting the Santa Barbara Convention and Visitors Center,

Properties located in Goleta
Pacifica Suites
5490 Hollister, Goleta, CA 93111. Phone: (805) 683-6722; Fax: (805) 683-4121. Rates: $179 single/double (Sun-Thur nightly rates). Three minutes from the University and newly renovated. Rate includes up to two complimentary cooked-to-order breakfasts, complimentary parking, complimentary wireless internet access, separate bedroom and living room, two TV’s, microwave, refrigerator, stereo, 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: $179 single/double (Sun-Thur nightly rates). A full-service hotel only five minutes from the University. Features include a restaurant serving breakfast, dinner & room service, a resort style pool in a palm garden setting, complimentary high-speed wireless internet throughout, valet service, complimentary airport shuttle and more. If you wish to book online, use the group code (CRY) for the dates of the conference:
Best Western South Coast Inn
5620 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117. Phone: (805) 967-3200; Fax: (805) 683-4466. Rates: $140 single/double (Sun-Thur nightly rates). Five minutes from the University; newly renovated. Continental Breakfast Buffet daily. Complimentary afternoon beverages Monday through Thursday. Refrigerator, 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. The old web site appears to be dead (
); a new one is under construction:
Four star Property located in Santa Barbara
Harbor View Inn
28 West Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Phone: (805) 963-0780; Fax: (805) 963-7967. Rates: $175 single (Sun-Thur nightly rates). Combines the intimacy of a Spanish villa with the first-class amenities you’d expect of a 4-Diamond, luxury hotel. All rooms include a private patio or balcony and added amenities like terry cloth robes, refrigerator, coffeemaker, CD player, personal safe, iron and board, hair dryer and wireless internet access.