Santa Barbara Travel Guide

Known as the “American Riviera” and located on the longest south-facing stretch of coastline on the West Coast, Santa Barbara is nestled between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Santa Barbara has perfect weather, beautiful buildings, excellent bars and restaurants, and activities for all tastes and budgets.   This makes Santa Barbara a must-see place for visitors to Southern California. Santa Barbara aspires for a casual yet fashionable elegance. Just take a look at the well-dressed pedestrians on State Street to comprehend the city’s understated indulgence. And although some of America’s budget-friendly favorites — like Motel 6 and the McDonald’s Egg McMuffin — have their origins here, Santa Barbara’s boutique shops and world-class resorts have a reputation for making a dent in your vacation savings. If you can afford the price tag, this quiet, seaside paradise might just be the ideal California retreat for you.

Santa Barbara prides itself on being a city that maintains a small-town feel, but sill maintains the refined atmosphere of a European city.  The city draws from its history as a colony with Spanish revival architecture, with a mix of laid-back vibes of beachgoers, a sophisticated art scene, and a vibrant wine country.

Enjoy the many wonderful beaches of Santa Barbara, (you’ll find a list here), then come visit Santa Barbara.  Start planning your trip….read on with our Santa Barbara Travel Guide!

Weather (Best Time to Go)

The best time to visit Santa Barbara is from March to May or from September to November. Temperatures are fairly mild year-round, hovering in the 60s and 70s, but traveling in early spring or fall ensures you won’t be fighting crowds and rates will be less expensive. Summer welcomes most of the city’s annual events and it’s also peak season if you’re looking for a beach vacation, but you’ll have to contend with more crowds. If you’re traveling during the winter months, make sure to pack an umbrella because Santa Barbara sees most of its rainfall between December and February. No matter when you decide to visit, pack layers as the as morning and late evening temperatures tend to be much cooler than the daytime highs.

During December – February, daytime temperatures range from highs in the mid-60s and drop to lows in the mid-40s at night, which is freezing by Santa Barbara standards. This season is also when the city sees most of its precipitation, which means it’s not ideal for sightseeing or lounging on the beach. But, this also means prices are likely the lowest.  Spring (March – May), is one of the best times to see Santa Barbara, before  the crowds of summer descend on the city. Temperatures are still mild with highs in the upper 60s and the city will see plenty of sun, making it ideal for seeing sights like the Santa Barbara Zoo or the botanical gardens. You’ll find pleasant temperatures during June – August averaging in the 70s and hardly any rainfall, summer is peak season in Santa Barbara. This is the time of year when most of the annual events occur in the city, bringing with them more crowds and elevated hotel prices. This is also the time of year locals call “June Gloom” — the foggy season.  Crowds have thinned out by early September but high temperatures still hover in the upper 60s to mid-70s, making fall a great time to visit the city. Room rates will also have dropped from their summer highs. Just watch out for the Santa Ana winds, which can be strong this time of year.

Getting Around Santa Barbara

The best way to get around Santa Barbara is on foot. Most of the main attractions, shops and restaurants are all located within a 3-mile radius in the downtown area. Santa Barbara is also known for its green transportation options and car free program that provides walking maps and alternative means of transportation like the various bus and shuttle system around the city.

By Foot

Santa Barbara prides itself on being accessible by foot. The city center is built up around the historic architecture and sites that make Santa Barbara unique, including art galleries and museums. State Street is the hub of activity with open-air shops and restaurants that you can meander through on your way to the coastline.  If your feet do get tired, you’ll also find pedicabs in the downtown and waterfront areas that can accommodate two adults as well as a few small children. Prices usually vary depending on the length of the ride and number of passengers.

By Car

To explore the suburbs or the Santa Barbara Wine Country northwest of the city, you’ll need your own set of wheels. However, some tours companies do include transportation.  If you decide to rent a car or drive to Santa Barbara, you’ll find plenty of public parking in the downtown area and by the waterfront. What’s even better is the first 75 minutes are free of charge (and it’s only $1.50 for each hour after that). You can also buy prepaid parking cards that are available in $30 increments.

By Bus

Known for its green attitude toward transportation, the small city has multiple public transportation options. The MTD Santa Barbara operates 25 routes that run all over the city.  Keeping with the city’s love of eco-friendly public transportation, MTD also offers a Downtown-Waterfront electric shuttle that takes passengers from State Street to the waterfront attractions like the zoo and Santa Barbara Harbor. Standard fare for bus routes is $1.75 one-way while the shuttle routes are only 50 cents one-way. Schedules vary depending on line, check out MTD’s website for more information. Trolley tours are also available to see the sights from the Old Santa Barbara Mission to East Beach.

How To Save Money in Santa Barbara

Take the Bus

Santa Barbara is very walkable.  If you don’t want to walk, you can hop on the public shuttle which will take you from downtown to the waterfront and the zoo.  The cost is only 50 cents one way.

Skip the Shopping

State Street is known for its boutique and specialty shops.  The prices carry a hefty price tag though.  To save some money, get your souvenirs anywhere but here.

Snack at Farmers Markets

There are a lot of farmers markets throughout Santa Barbara.  So grab a fresh snack from the locals while strolling downtown.

Things Not to Miss

State Street, Santa Barbara California, Santa Barbara beaches, things to do in Santa Barbara, best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California beachesState Street

Santa Barbara’s most famous avenue, State Street cuts through downtown and leads right onto Stearns Wharf. It’s nearly impossible to miss with its shops, art galleries, theaters and museums like the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. You can grab a ride on the electric shuttle for 50 cents, but most travelers and locals recommend you walk to truly appreciate the ambiance.

Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Santa Barbara California, Santa Barbara beaches, things to do in Santa Barbara, best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California beachesSanta Barbara County Courthouse

Built in Spanish-Moorish Revival style in 1929, the courthouse features hand-painted ceilings, wrought-iron chandeliers and tiles from Tunisia and Spain. On the 2nd floor, step inside the hushed mural room depicting Spanish-colonial history, then head up to El Mirador, the 85ft clock tower, for arch-framed panoramas of the city, ocean and mountains.  You can explore on your own, but you’ll get a lot more out of a free, one-hour docent-guided tour: 2pm daily, plus 10:30am Monday to Friday.

Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara California, Santa Barbara beaches, things to do in Santa Barbara, best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California beachesMission Santa Barbara

California’s ‘Queen of the Missions’ reigns above the city on a hilltop perch over a mile north of downtown. Its imposing Ionic facade, an architectural homage to an ancient Roman chapel, is topped by an unusual twin-bell tower. Inside the mission’s 1820 stone church, notice the striking Chumash artwork. In the cemetery the elaborate mausoleums of early California settlers stand out, while the graves of thousands of Chumash lie largely forgotten.  The mission grounds also feature La Huerta, a garden that showcases Spain’s agricultural influence on the California landscape, housing plants dating back to when the mission was established.

East Beach, Santa Barbara California, Santa Barbara beaches, things to do in Santa Barbara, best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California beachesEast Beach

There are three major beaches in Santa Barbara: Leadbetter, West and East. While Leadbetter has the harbor and West Beach is home to the fireworks on the Fourth of July, East Beach is the best stretch to catch some rays without being mobbed by crowds.   The shoreline may still fill up more on the weekends but East Beach is a bit more removed from State Street and the downtown area than the other beaches, offering more space to stretch out or take a walk along the sandy shores. You may have to protect yourself from the occasional rogue volleyball though, as there are more than a dozen sandy courts here.  Locals and visitors agree East Beach is the best strand of ocean in Santa Barbara, with its clean sands and free parking. There is also a full-service restaurant, East Beach Grill, right on the beach if you work up an appetite.

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara California, Santa Barbara beaches, things to do in Santa Barbara, best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California beachesSanta Barbara Zoo

Small (so it’s perfect for young kids) Santa Barbara Zoo has 146 species covering all creatures great and small, including several not found in many other zoos. Asian elephants Little Mac and Sujatha have been together here since 1972 and are hugely popular, as are the adorable meerkats. Don’t miss the chance to see endangered California condors – probably your best bet for seeing them in the whole state – and giant anteaters. The antics of the Humboldt penguins always raise a smile.

Things to Do

Santa Barbara Adventure Company, Santa Barbara California, Santa Barbara beaches, things to do in Santa Barbara, best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California beachesSanta Barbara Adventure Company

They offer Santa Barbara kayaking & Channel Islands kayaking, surf lessons, wine country tours by van or bike, mountain biking, rock climbing and team building programs. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides offer exceptional service and share with you a side of the Santa Barbara area few visitors ever get to experience. For more information call 805-884-WAVE, or visit them on the web at Santa Barbara Adventure Company.

Lovewater Surf School, Santa Barbara California, Santa Barbara beaches, things to do in Santa Barbara, best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California beachesLovewater Surf School

Lovewater Surf School, established in 2011, is a locally owned surf school serving Santa Barbara with surf lessons, after-school surf programs, summer travel surf camps, and international surf adventures. With a foundation of excellence and customer service, their experienced team is committed to inspiring a love for surfing through our surf lessons, after-school surf coaching and nonprofit community events.  For more information call 805-636-1552, or visit them on the web at Lovewater Surf School.

Cal Coast Adventures, Santa Barbara California, Santa Barbara beaches, things to do in Santa Barbara, best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California beachesCal Coast Adventures

They offer stand up paddle board Lessons in Santa Barbara as well as Rentals, kayak rentals and tours, Santa Barbara Road Bike Rentals and Tours, Full Suspension Mountain Bike Tours in the mountains above Santa Barbara and in Santa Ynez, Mountain Bike rentals are available as well, kiteboarding lessons, boogie board rentals, surf lessons at many of Santa Barbara’s amazing beaches and surf board rentals as well.  For more information call 805-628-2444, or visit them on the web at Cal Coast Adventures.

Condor Express Whale Watching, Santa Barbara California, Santa Barbara beaches, things to do in Santa Barbara, best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California beachesCondor Express Whale Watching

There is no better way to see marine wildlife in Southern California than to see it in the ocean from our spectacular boat! The eco-friendly Condor Express gives you a unique opportunity to see Southern California marine wildlife from a completely different angle. Since 1973 the Condor and more recently the Condor Express has been a part of the Santa Barbara waterfront cruising the Santa Barbara Channel.   They offer a wide variety of cruises.  For more information call 805-882-0088, or visit them on the web at Condor Express Whale Watching.

Captain Jack's Santa Barbara Tours, Santa Barbara California, Santa Barbara beaches, things to do in Santa Barbara, best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California beachesCaptain Jack’s Santa Barbara Tours

Voted #1 Wine Tasting Tour in the Santa Barbara News Press “Readers Choice Award” two years in a row. They also offer Sunset Cruises, Whale Watching, Beer Tasting Tours, Kayak Tours, Horseback Riding and much more.  For more information call 805-564-1819, or visit them on the web at Captain Jack’s Santa Barbara Tours.

Best Rated Restaurants

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Brophy Bros. Clam  Bar & Restaurant

Brophy Bros. has been a Santa Barbara institution since opening in 1986. The picturesque waterfront setting is definitely a major part of the appeal. You can’t beat the harbor and mountain views and there’s not a bad seat in the seafood-centric house. Brophy’s is always packed during peak hours but given it’s open from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily you can usually get in without a wait if you time your visit strategically.  For more information call 805-966-4418, or visit them on the web at Brophy Bros. Clam Bar & Restaurant.

Bouchon Santa Barbara

If you’re seeking an intimate, fine dining experience and access to some of the region’s best wines, look no further than Bouchon Santa Barbara. Established in 1998, bouchon (no relation to Thomas Keller’s) helped to put Santa Barbara’s wine country cuisine on the map with its French-accented, seasonal California fare. You’ll always feel like a VIP here, thanks to proprietor Mitchell Sjerven’s warm hospitality.  For more information call 805-730-1160, or visit them on the web at Bouchon Santa Barbara.

The Lark

The Lark instantly became a “new classic” when it opened in the Funk Zone in a converted, historic fish market building. Busy and buzzy since day one, this expansive farm-to-fork restaurant is stylish, relaxed and 100% delicious. The seasonal menu changes frequently enough to keep it interesting month after month. Family-style portion sizes are excellent value for the price point and their craft cocktail program is another tasty draw.  For more information call 805-284-0370, or visit them on the web at The Lark.  

La Super Rica Taqueria

The most casual and budget-friendly eatery on our list is La Super Rica Taqueria. This humble taqueria on Milpas Street was beloved by the late Julia Child, who couldn’t get enough of the authentic, flavorful Mexican fare. She raved about it in national media interviews and took her visiting food critic and chef friends to taste the goodness for themselves. The consistent lines out the door are a testament to her endorsement and the quality of the food, which is indeed worthy of a pilgrimage.  For more information call 805-963-4940, or visit them on the web at La Super Rica Taqueria.

Arigato

Arigato is Santa Barbara’s premier sushi spot. Locals are crazy about it and you don’t have to be a sushi or seafood fan to appreciate the elevated cuisine—the menu also features a variety of meat and poultry entrees and they work serious magic with vegetables, too. Arigato doesn’t take reservations so plan accordingly and trust it’s well worth the wait!  For more information call 805-965-6074, or visit them on the web at Arigato.

Best Beach Bars

Padaro Beach Grill, Santa Barbara California, Santa Barbara beaches, things to do in Santa Barbara, best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California beachesPadaro Beach Grill

Overlooking Santa Claus beach, a local favorite, the Padaro Beach Grill boasts a park-like outdoor dining room. A large sandbox encourages the kids to play while grownups indulge in refreshing beers and local wines. Enjoy fresh salads, savory burgers and sinfully rich milkshakes that are blended by hand only after you place your order. Try the shrimp salad or one of the 100% prime chuck burgers. Live bands are common on the weekends. For more information call 805-566-9800, or visit them on the web at Padaro Beach Grill.

Shoreline Beach Cafe, Santa Barbara California, Santa Barbara beaches, things to do in Santa Barbara, best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California beachesShoreline Beach Cafe

The Shoreline Cafe is one of the very few places in Santa Barbara, perhaps the only in fact, where you can sit at a table and be served breakfast, lunch or dinner with your feet in the sand – right on the beach! Order some fish tacos and a cocktail or bucket of Coronas and watch the waves. The Shoreline is family and group friendly, but be prepared for a wait at peak eating times on warm days. Tables on the sand usually have the longest wait, but there are patio and bar seats too. There is also a walk-up window with a limited menu for shakes and to-go bites. Paid and free parking in the lot right out front.  For more information call 805-568-0064, or visit them on the web at Shoreline Beach Café.

Boathouse, Santa Barbara California, Santa Barbara beaches, things to do in Santa Barbara, best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California beachesBoathouse

The Boathouse is a Santa Barbara seafood restaurant and bar with the best location in town… it’s right on the beach. Tucked away in a quiet part of town and facing Hendry’s beach, this is a great place to go for a romantic date, family dinner or birthday celebration. Enjoy fresh surf and turf on a beautiful patio that’s sunny during the day and nicely heated at night. Local seafood is served whenever possible. Fresh Santa Barbara catches include Spiny lobster and Dungeness crab. Brunch, lunch and dinner served daily. Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to close Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. to close on Fridays.  For more information call 805-898-2628, or visit them on the web at Boathouse.

Brophy Bros., Santa Barbara California, Santa Barbara beaches, things to do in Santa Barbara, best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California beachesBrophy Bros.

The bar at Brophy Bros.’ incessantly busy seafood restaurant is two-sided. One side faces the bartenders, looking across the romantic balcony tables and out into the harbor. This is where you ideally want to be, but it may require a wait of an hour or more. The other side gives you only occasional access to the person making your drink, looks out over the interior dining room, and places your back squarely opposed to the almost-panoramic ocean view. For more information call 805-966-4418, or visit them on the web at Brophy Bros.

TY Lounge, Santa Barbara California, Santa Barbara beaches, things to do in Santa Barbara, best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California beachesTY Lounge

If you’re looking to indulge in a nibble and a cocktail somewhere exceedingly beautiful and a little bit fancy, look no further than the Ty Lounge in the Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara. This elegant bar boasts high ceilings and sweeping ocean views. Classic cocktails, seasonal specialty drinks and hard-to-find wines by the glass comprise the beverage menu. The delightful patio overlooks the Coral Casino and Butterfly Beach – truly one of the finest cocktail hour views in Santa Barbara.  For more information call 805-969-2261, or visit them on the web at TY Lounge.

Best Hotels

Blue Sands Inn

Located just steps from Santa Barbara’s famous East Beach and within walking distance to great restaurants, the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Wharf, and the famed Funk Zone, the Blue Sands Inn is centrally located in one of Santa Barbara’s most sought after neighborhoods. Bike rental is available at this inn and the area is popular for biking.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Blue Sands Inn.

Hotel Californian

The Hotel Californian is the new center of the Santa Barbara waterfront. Incorporating the façade of the original 1925 Hotel Californian, this 121 room seaside destination features a rooftop pool and event deck providing panoramic views of the coastline and the Santa Ynez Mountains. Located steps from the beach, one block from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station and adjacent to Santa Barbara’s vibrant Funk Zone, the Hotel Californian includes a luxurious Turkish-inspired spa, fashion boutique and fresh and distinctive dining options, together with a best-in-class ballroom, event lawns and decks and unique meeting spaces for weddings and group events.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hotel Californian.

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

This property is a 10-minute walk from the beach. Located in Santa Barbara in the region of California, 17 miles from Solvang, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara features an outdoor pool and spa center. The hotel has a hot tub and sauna, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Private parking is available on site.  There is a 24-hour front desk, an ATM, a hairdresser’s, and a gift shop at the property.  Guests can enjoy various activities in the area, including biking and hiking. The hotel also provides bike rental and car rental.   For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Inn

The newly re-imagined Spanish Mediterranean boutique merges classic elegance and coastal luxury with 70 beautifully appointed roomsSink into a lounge chair by the heated outdoor pool and enjoy flickering gas lanterns and a fire pit.  The oceanfront terrace is great for enjoying cocktails, Italian fare and the Pacific Coast sunset. Included is a modern fitness center and a comfortable event venue accommodating up to 80 guests.  You are just moments from downtown Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Mountains, white sand beaches, wine tours, fashionable boutiques and world-class dining — beginning with the hotels Convivo Restaurant. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit the Santa Barbara Inn.

Harbor View Inn

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Spa Beaumontia, a full-service spa experience, is available on site at this hotel. Rooms feature a flat-screen TV and a minibar. Stearn’s Wharf is less than a 5 minute walk away.  The modern rooms include terry cloth robes and free WiFi.  A safe and a work desk are also provided.  A swimming pool and fitness center, including a sauna, are available for guest relaxation at the Harbor View Inn.  A business center and concierge service is both featured for maximum convenience. Shops are in the hotel.  Several on site dining options are available at the Harbor View Inn. A poolside bar and grill and State Street Coffee are both featured to give guests quick and easy dining options. Eladios Restaurant and Bar, offering intimate and comfortable dining, features sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit The Harbor View Inn.

 

28 Comments

  1. Ruby Cantu

    Wow this was really a great and informative article. I love California! Used to visit 3 times a year and start at San Diego traveling all the way up to Sacramento and San Francisco.

    After reading your article I definitely got the bug back for going. I’ve never visited Santa Barbara and with your article I can plan my whole trip out. You certainly provided all the information needed for a great trip. Keep up the great work.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Ruby, and thanks for visiting my Santa Barbara Travel Guide. It is a great area with so many things to do and see, and places to stay. Not to mention all the gorgeous beaches. Glad you enjoyed!

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  2. Ruth

    I really enjoyed this article. It is very thorough and explains a lot about the place, and the best restaurants and hotels and things to do sound great. It sounds like a great place to visit. Thank you for the information.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Ruth. It is really a great beach destination to visit. Lots of things to do for the entire family. Thanks for reading!

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  3. John

    Leahrae,
    I would have to go during the busy season as my son is still in school. I like the many activities you have pointed out, Stand up wave boarding, whale watching and road bikes look the most interesting. Your information makes me want to go today.
    Are there any shade rentals on these beaches, I like the beach, cannot take too much sun.
    John

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      There is beach umbrella rental available, so you can stay out of the sun if you need/want to 🙂 Yes, lots to do and see here, as well as wonderful food. I personally love whale watching. I don’t think I ever get tired of that 🙂

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  4. Mick Krug

    Great webpage on Santa Barbara, California. Plenty of great pictures and you have covered just about every topic for the first time traveler to Santa Barbara. Perfect weather and plenty to do there makes it a great vacation destination! I have learned a lot from your page. Very informative.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you found my Santa Barbara Travel Guide informative, and hopefully one day, you can visit this amazing coastal city. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. David

    Leahrae, that is some great detailed information that you have in your post about Santa Barbara. I can see where it would help people. I loved your suggestion that when buying stuff, to do the shopping anywhere but State Street as the prices there are hefty. I hear that the Santa Barbara Bowl has many outside concerts every year and would assume that many people going to them would find the information in your post invaluable for their visits to the Santa Barbara Bowl.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, that is true David. I have not been to a concert there, but I am sure that would be a blast on top of the amazing beaches and State Street. I am a foodie too, so I love trying new places, and they have lots!

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  6. Tony

    What most impressed me and attracted me is the spirit of Santa Barbara! A place with unique style and individuality that you would never confuse with another site!

    These old Spanish style buildings are amazing!

    Thank you very much for the tips how to travel around the resort quite inexpensively!

    Do you have your favorite attraction there?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Meandering down State Street, sampling the foods, and of course East Street. Those two are my favorites 🙂 Thanks for visiting beachtraveldestinations.com.

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  7. Corey

    I am impressed with the amount of detail that you have given in your article. I appreciate how you warn of the high souvenir prices. All of the restaurant reviews makes me believe that you are native to Santa Barbara. I hope to make it there someday, it is not that far from Phoenix so maybe a quick trip over is in my near future. Thank you.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It would be a quick and fun trip Corey 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me comments.

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  8. Linda

    Wow, I know where I’m going for my next vacation. Santa Barbara. All the years I’ve lived in Listen Angeles, I never, thought about vacationing in Santa Barbara. Over 250 named beach? Amazing!!! All just waiting for me to see. 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      And you are so close Linda! It is the American Riviera for a reason, and worth a visit for sure. Thanks for reading our Santa Barbara Travel Guide.

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  9. Eric

    Wow, I didn’t know Santa Barbara had so many unusual sites that you can explore for free. The country courthouse sounds like a fun place to go, and they really let you explore on your own? I am wondering now what else I could get into trouble with if I decide to go 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, you can explore on your own, and Santa Barbara is amazing! Glad you enjoyed reading!

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  10. Maurice

    I felt like I was reading an ad from a travel agent based in Santa Barbara. I mean if I had any questions, you answered them here. Excellent review.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Maurice!

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  11. Steven

    Wow! I haven’t been to Santa Barbara in many years and it looks like there might be a few new attractions to check out. Santa Barbara might be one of the nicest places in the states if you’re looking for beaches, nice hotels and great food as well as the great weather.

    You’re absolutely right though. Best to go in the off season if you can. Much cheaper.

    Looks like I’m taking a trip!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great! Yes, I agree that it is one of the nicest places with amazing beaches and food 🙂 Love it there! Thanks for visiting beachtraveldestinations.com.

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  12. Brooke

    What a website! Only problem i see with it is, now i want to go travel!! Haha!! Great information on Santa Barbara. Need to go now!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Well, traveling is good for the soul! And Santa Barbara is just an awesome coastal community with so much, and of course don’t forget the amazing beaches. Thanks for visiting!

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  13. German

    Thank you very much for such an informative guide! 🙂

    Santa Barbara, CA definitely looks like an amazing place to visit. Because I’m recently into beaches, East Beach would be my #1 attraction in Santa Barbara.

    The cool fact that pops up in my mind is that it reminds me of the soap opera that was named after the city. It was on Russian TV in the 1990s and I remember some of the episodes as a child (I’m from Russia).

    Before going there, I wonder if Santa Barbara is a safe place for night walks?

    I’m the kind of person who likes walking around evening/night time.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Santa Barbara is definitely safe for night walks. There is VERY little crime in this great coastal community. So you can still enjoy your evening walks. I am glad you enjoyed reading the Santa Barbara Travel Guide 🙂

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  14. Don

    Well i need to visit America’s Riviera and it is in such a beautiful part of the state. I like the attractions you listed, maybe I’m not too old yet to learn how to surf.

    As with all your article I have read, I appreciate the information on the restaurant guides and expected price points. This is very helpful on a retirement budget.

    The history around the Riviera is amazing all the way from the missions to the modern zoo. There is something for everyone.

    I will make sure this is on my RV tour.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Good deal Don, it will be a great trip for you. Plus there will be so much to see along the way! Thanks for reading my Santa Barbara Travel Guide.

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