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Life is laid back in the utopia of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is located in the southern part of California, less than 100 miles north of Los Angeles. This laidback city on the Pacific Ocean is a wonderland of green parks and colorful, flower-filled gardens like Alameda and the Mission Rose Garden, harbor-side seafood restaurants, peaceful beaches and marine museums. Mild weather and varied activities attract the rich and famous who own houses that cluster on the hills surrounding this spectacular place, and yachts that dance to the tune of the seaside breeze. But, the main course on the menu here is rest and relaxation.


Things to do

Boat tours

If you love nature and wildlife, whale-watching tours take you out into the Pacific to cruise areas that are filled with aquatic life. Over 30 different species of whale reside in the Santa Barbara channel, giving you a great assortment of magnificent creatures to witness. From orcas to blue whales, you'll see the largest mammals on earth in their natural home. Schools of dolphins sometimes frolic alongside the boats as well.

Boat tours are not limited to whale watching since Santa Barbara is also a gorgeous, romantic town. If you're on a weekend getaway with your significant other, climb aboard a variety of nighttime boat rides for a dinner-and-wine experience out on the waves.

Sunday arts and crafts show

Every Sunday, there is an arts and crafts show located on Cabrillo Boulevard, which runs right along the main beach of Santa Barbara. Locals come down to the sands to set up and exhibit their handmade wares. They sell everything from paintings to handmade toys, pottery and lawn art. This great event is perfect when you're seeking a unique souvenir that embodies your trip.

State Street

State Street is the main avenue in downtown Santa Barbara, where visitors can find myriad activities. It provides the best shopping, entertainment and cuisine that the town has to offer, and also conveniently links straight to Cabrillo Boulevard. State Street is a fantastic part of town to visit during the day for retail therapy inside designer stores, quirky art galleries, jewelers and local Californian haunts, but you can also come back in the evenings for a taste of its unique nightlife. Live music spills from bars and clubs, and the atmosphere is electric.

Family activities

When you're traveling to Santa Barbara for a family vacation, it's not hard to keep the kids happy. The beaches offer rentals for surfing, boogie boarding, and even tandem bikes to travel along the main beach and up Fisherman's Wharf. The Santa Barbara Zoo is also conveniently located within a few miles of Cabrillo Boulevard and is home to a wide variety of animals. Its large size and additional activities can provide an entire day of entertainment for the whole family.


Where to stay - beach retreats

Staying beachside is a favored option for travelers to Santa Barbara, whether you want to indulge at luxury resorts like the Bacara, where spa facilities and two miles of sands are perfect for leaving your worldly worries behind, or you prefer inns such as Montecito, which was commissioned by Charlie Chaplin and sits close to Butterfly Beach. Hotels range from $50 a night budget accommodations to more exclusive stays that can be upwards of $400 per night.


Special events

Summer Solstice Parade

Every Summer in Santa Barbara, State Street hosts the Summer Solstice Parade. This parade has been around since the 1970s and draws in over 100,000 spectators. Similar to Mardis Gras, the Summer Solstice Parade creatively entertains its audience with incredible costumes and vibrant colors. A variety of vendors from the area come down to serve food, drinks and souvenirs that complete the experience.


Climate

There is never a bad time to visit Santa Barbara. The weather is beautiful all year round, and the area rarely experiences cloudy or rainy days. Average temperatures range between 58 and 74 degrees, making it the perfect beach climate.

Recently booked Santa Barbara hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Holiday Inn Express SANTA BARBARA 1 hour ago 3 stars $119
The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
Santa Barbara Beaches
2 hours ago 4 stars $179
Quality Inn Santa Barbara 5 hours ago 2 stars $90
Hyatt Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
7 hours ago 4 stars $143
Hotel Milo
Santa Barbara Beaches
8 hours ago 3 stars $152
Montecito Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
8 hours ago 4 stars $135
Days Inn Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
21 hours ago 1 star $76
Sandpiper Lodge 23 hours ago 2 stars $89
West Beach Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
1 day ago 3 stars $159
Motel 6 Santa Barbara- State Street 1 day ago 1 star $75

Recently Rated Santa Barbara Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.1 / 5
50 reviews
3 stars $190
BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.6 / 5
121 reviews
3 stars $113
Hotel Milo
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.7 / 5
221 reviews
3 stars $152
Montecito Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.2 / 5
82 reviews
4 stars $135
West Beach Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.2 / 5
144 reviews
3 stars $159
Ramada Santa Barbara
Goleta
3.7 / 5
164 reviews
3 stars $118
Days Inn Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.0 / 5
85 reviews
1 star $76
The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.8 / 5
99 reviews
4 stars $179
Quality Inn Santa Barbara
3.3 / 5
44 reviews
2 stars $90
Lavender Inn by the Sea
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.1 / 5
63 reviews
3 stars $159

Santa Barbara hotels

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Featured Santa Barbara Hotels

From $135

1 Montecito Inn

4 stars
4.2 / 5 82 reviews

1295 Coast Village Road Map

Santa Barbara hotel by Butterfly Beach with Hollywood history and charmThe Montecito Inn is a mere two-block stroll from beloved Butterfly Beach and within walking distance of boutiques,... More

Montecito Inn
As soon as we arrived the staff was friendly, helpful and professional. The room was clean and the bedding was very comfortable and the continental breakfast was one of the best ever! I would...
Jan 24, 2015
From $179

2 The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort

4 stars
3.8 / 5 99 reviews

633 East Cabrillo Boulevard Map

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

Luxurious East Beach resort with spa, views, access to vineyard toursFess Parker's DoubleTree Resort Santa Barbara is a pet-friendly, 24-acre Spanish Colonial-style property. The late Parker... More

Nice place to stay that's close to the beach.
Came in for a Winter Session with school. My initial impression was that the hotel was beautiful, very fitting for Santa Barbara and not at a bad price. Once I checked into a suite I noticed that...
Jan 19, 2015
From $143

3 Hyatt Santa Barbara

4 stars
3.9 / 5 123 reviews

1111 EAST CABRILLO BLVD Map

Includes 40USD Food/Bev credit, 70 USD Spa credit

Santa Barbara luxury hotel keeps guests happy with amazing amenitiesHyatt Santa Barbara stands just across the street from beautiful East Beach in Santa Barbara. The AAA 3 diamond hotel has... More

doesn't meet expectations
When I arrived it was gloomy and cold the weather wasn't what I was used to seeing when I visit California. I liked how it accommodates dogs but thats about it wasn't impressed and I wasn't staying...
Dec 8, 2014
From $159

4 West Beach Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 144 reviews

306 W Cabrillo Blvd. Map

Complimentary breakfast, parking, wi-fi plus wine!

Free amenities provided at inn on West BeachThe West Beach Inn is a recently renovated beachfront property located between the marina and Stearns Wharf. West Beach is just across the street. Guests... More

More than expected
Great location. Clean rooms. Friendly helpful staff
Jan 20, 2015
From $118

5 Ramada Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.7 / 5 164 reviews

4770 Calle Real Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

Santa Barbara star boasts a wealth of amenitiesThe Ramada Limited Santa Barbara is the Ramada Best of 2010 Hotel Award Winner. Bordering the coastal foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the hotel... More

Mission adventure
We were taking a tour of the California missions and found this hotel to be in great location and very comfortable. It was safe. Breakfast is included.
Jan 20, 2015
From $113

6 BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn

3 stars
3.6 / 5 121 reviews

336 W Cabrillo Boulevard Map

West Beach on a budget, with views Included from Santa Barbara innThe Best Western Beachside Inn is located steps from the Harbor Yacht Marina and minutes from the beautiful sands of West Beach in... More

Great getaway
My boyfriend and I stayed here for a weekend. It was so wonderful and conveniently located. I'm not sure why it doesn't have tons of better reviews, perhaps people's standards are high in santa...
Jan 20, 2015
From $115

7 The Eagle Inn

3 stars
4.1 / 5 22 reviews

232 Natoma Ave Map

The Eagle Inn is a family owned boutique hotel in Santa Barbara, CA. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood. Romance packages, massages, wine tours all available. Check our online reviews,... More

comfortable and convenient
Room was a bit outdated and small, but comfortable. Convenient location.
Jan 12, 2015
From $152

8 Hotel Milo

3 stars
3.7 / 5 221 reviews

202 W Cabrillo Blvd. Map

Great value and views with free amenitiesHotel Milo is just steps from West Beach. Lush gardens surround Spanish-influenced buildings with mountain and ocean views. Italian linens on guest beds... More

Excellent location
Near the beach at center of town, Hotel Milos was a good choice. Resort fee includes bike rental and a large, delicious breakfast. Staff inattentive at times.
Jan 25, 2015
From $135

9 La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.7 / 5 50 reviews

1601 State Street Map

The La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara hotel is the perfect location for you to enjoy the sunny American Riviera and the fabulous State Street shopping area. This California boutique La Quinta... More

Quick Stop - Good place
Enjoyed the stay here. Seemed good value for the money. Clean. Good location. We didn't use any amenities - but I would definitely stay here again. Also, we had a dog and I believe they were quite...
Dec 29, 2014
From $159

10 Lavender Inn by the Sea

3 stars
4.1 / 5 63 reviews

206 Castillo St. Map

Tasty Treats!

Provides little luxuries, two blocks from East BeachFormerly the Colonial Beach Inn, the Lavender Inn by the Sea is two blocks from West Beach. Surrounded by lavender flowers, the inn provides many... More

Would Stay Here Again
The decor was very Victorian (not my preference) but was clean for a B&B. The room was large and very nice. There was champagne included and every evening there was wine and cheese and milk an...
Jan 14, 2015
From $119

11 Mason Beach Inn

3 stars
3.5 / 5 46 reviews

324 West Mason Street Map

Mason Beach Inn provides complimentary parking to guests of the hotel and is one block to West Beach and the Marina/Stearns Wharf area. Also within walking distance to the oceanfront bike path,... More

great weekend getaway
Our stay was very relaxing. love the atmosphere in Santa Barbara, and had a delightful dinner at Santa Barbara Fish House. I am so excited to go back to such a great place and relaxing hotel.
Jan 12, 2015
From $85

12 Orange Tree Inn

2 stars
3.2 / 5 119 reviews

1920 StATE St Map

No-frills State Street inn in Santa BarbaraThe Orange Tree Inn is within walking distance to the Santa Barbara Mission, and a variety of shopping, dining and nightlife choices. The hotel also... More

Great quick budget friendly trip for a concert!
We had a great time at Orange Tree, the only issue was that there were little black seeds on our pillow, the front staff immediately changed the room for us! Otherwise great little hotel with an...
Dec 30, 2014
From $144

13 Hotel Indigo SANTA BARBARA

3 stars
4.5 / 5 4 reviews

121 State Street Map

New Eco Friendly Contemporary Hotel in the Heart of Santa Barbara As Santa Barbaras only environmentally friendly hotel, our sophisticated accommodations feature sleek yet space efficient touches... More

Very comfortable!
We loved the location for the price! This is the best deal without sacrificing! It's Clean, comfortable, and the customer service was superb!! The restaurant right next door Blue Tavern has a...
Jul 7, 2014
From $159

14 BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge & Suites

3 stars
3.7 / 5 77 reviews

2220 Bath Street Map

Many amenities and good value in Midtown Santa BarbaraBEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge & Suites is close to everything travelers want in Santa Barbara: midtown, downtown, local beaches and... More

Great Place and Staff
Staff was really helpful. We cycled up from Los Angeles and the front desk clerk upgrade our room to one that would give us more space to store our bikes.
Nov 26, 2014
From $190

15 Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach

3 stars
4.1 / 5 50 reviews

223 Castillo St. Map

Tasty Treats!

Spanish elegance steps from the seaBrisas del Mar Inn at the Beach is less than three blocks from the sands of West Beach in Santa Barbara. The cafes, shops and restaurants of Stearns Wharf are... More

Santa Barbara Get A Way
This is a very quiet and friendly hotel. Good food from fruit on arrival, cheese and wine in the late afternoon, evening cookies and good continental breakfast. This is our favorite waterfront...
Jan 28, 2015
From $312

16 Belmond El Encanto

5 stars
4.9 / 5 11 reviews

800 Alvarado Place Map

Book in advance and save 15%

This iconic early 20th-century luxury hotel located in Santa Barbara's American Riviera, has being meticulously restored to capture all the romance and glamour that made it a favorite getaway of... More

Amazing get away
Amazing weekend. They upgraded us to a beautiful room. Service was lovely, room was gorgeous.
Dec 23, 2014
From $99

17 Avania Inn of Santa Barbara, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

3 stars
2.7 / 5 9 reviews

128 Castillo Street Map

Swaying palms, soothing sea breezes and a symphony of waves will welcome you at The Avania Inn, an Ascend Collection Hotel. This boutique-style hotel provides spacious accommodations and gracious... More

Awesome
It is great experience. The hotel is really close to the beach. It is easily to get to downtown.
Dec 29, 2014
From $143

18 BEST WESTERN PLUS Pepper Tree Inn

3 stars
3.6 / 5 49 reviews

3850 State Street Map

Save 20% on your stay

Located on upper State Street with easy access to 101, the hotel is adjacent to the shops and restaurants at La Cumbre Plaza, and is just minutes from downtown, award-winning wineries, world-class... More

French Festival
We came to Santa Barbara to attend the French Festival. The Best Western Plus was close by. It was a very good deal for the price. We liked everything about the hotel, except perhaps the food at...
Sep 7, 2014
From $210

19 The Upham Hotel

3 stars
4.7 / 5 6 reviews

1404 De La Vina Street Map

Located in the heart of Santa Barbaras historic downtown the Upham Hotel and Country House is a garden oasis convenient to boutiques gourmet restaurants performing arts theatres and museums.... More

wonderful stay
I had a wonderful time. The wine & cheese make the lovely grounds even more enjoyable, and the breakfast was delicious. The location can't be beat.
Jun 19, 2014
From $90

20 Quality Inn Santa Barbara

2 stars
3.3 / 5 44 reviews

3055 De La Vina Street Map

Affordable Santa Barbara lodging next to MacKenzie ParkThe Quality Inn Santa Barbara sits adjacent to MacKenzie Park and is just two miles from the downtown shops and restaurants of State Street.... More

Very Clean--nice staff
only thing was the toilet was like a child size commode and was very low to the ground -- I had a knee injury and hard to -- well you know .. get up and down ... ask for a full size commode when...
Jan 19, 2015