We live in an odd little spot on the coast.
If you look at a map of the California
coastline there is a small area that
runs from east to west. That is where Santa Barbara
is. As a result, the sun does not set over the water
as you would expect it to on the west coast.
Moving straight out from the coast,
once you pass the channel islands about 25 miles
out, the closet land is Antarctica.