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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
Days Inn Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
2 hours ago 1 star $80
Montecito Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
3 hours ago 4 stars $135
Hyatt Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
3 hours ago 4 stars $143
Hotel Santa Barbara 4 hours ago 3 stars $179
Inn at East Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
6 hours ago 2 stars $99
La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara 17 hours ago 3 stars $135
Orange Tree Inn 22 hours ago 2 stars $60
The Upham Hotel 1 day ago 3 stars $210
Hotel Milo
Santa Barbara Beaches
1 day ago 3 stars $143
Avania Inn of Santa Barbara, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Santa Barbara Beaches
1 day ago 3 stars $119

Recently Rated Santa Barbara Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Motel 6 Santa Barbara - Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.0 / 5
37 reviews
1 star $85
Sandpiper Lodge
3.3 / 5
134 reviews
2 stars $71
Orange Tree Inn
3.2 / 5
117 reviews
2 stars $60
West Beach Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.1 / 5
142 reviews
3 stars $159
Avania Inn of Santa Barbara, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Santa Barbara Beaches
2.6 / 5
8 reviews
3 stars $119
Inn at East Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.9 / 5
121 reviews
2 stars $99
Hyatt Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.9 / 5
123 reviews
4 stars $143
Hotel Santa Barbara
3.5 / 5
25 reviews
3 stars $179
Extended Stay America - Santa Barbara - Calle Real
Goleta
3.1 / 5
40 reviews
2 stars $124
Hotel Milo
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.7 / 5
216 reviews
3 stars $143

Santa Barbara hotels

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Featured Santa Barbara Hotels

From $135

1 Montecito Inn

4 stars
4.2 / 5 77 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

Nice Stay...
Nice hotel. I booked it cause of the price and because of the Charlie Chaplin history. The rooms are small and the walls must be thin cause we got a call at 12:30 AM saying our neighbor said our TV...
Nov 21, 2014
From $143

2 Hotel Milo

3 stars
3.7 / 5 216 reviews

202 W Cabrillo Blvd. Map

Experience a charming beachfront hotel with endless ocean and mountain views. Each of our six Spanish-style buildings offer relaxing outdoor sitting areas or lush vibrant garden courtyards. ... More

Good location
Fantastic location, hotel is right by the beach. Hotel is pricey for the amenities they provide.. Parking fee of 18$ is steep. Otherwise, we had good fun in Santa Barbara
Nov 30, 2014
From $119

3 Mason Beach Inn

3 stars
3.5 / 5 44 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 location
Room was perfectly adequate, beds were comfortable, pool/Jacuzzi were relaxing. Great location - only a few blocks from the beach. Staff were friendly and efficient. Price was right.
Sep 22, 2014
From $143

4 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 $169

5 The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort

4 stars
3.9 / 5 98 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

Bachelorette Party
The grounds & location were very pretty. The room was nice & clean w/ plenty of room for 5 people. However, for the price, i was expecting something newer & nicer. The staff was very helpful &...
Aug 18, 2014
From $159

6 West Beach Inn

3 stars
4.1 / 5 142 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

Getaway
Hotel and room were very nice. Great location, enjoyed the wine and breakfast offered as well. Easy walk to anyplace we wanted to go.
Dec 16, 2014
From $113

7 BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn

3 stars
3.6 / 5 119 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

This hotel should have better a better rating!
I went here on a weekend getaway from LA with my boyfriend. We had a blast. They even had free hot breakfast in the mornings. Everything is within walking distance or uber distance. Helpful staff,...
Nov 26, 2014
From $118

8 Ramada Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.7 / 5 163 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

Nice location, standard rooms
Perfect accommodations for a guys' golf trip. The rooms were a good size. however the hot tub and pool were not very impressive to say the least
Nov 19, 2014
From $142

9 Inn by the Harbor

3 stars
3.6 / 5 47 reviews

433 W. Montecito St. Map

Tasty Treats!

Santa Barbara inn tucks guests in at night with cookies and milk The Inn by the Harbor is just two blocks from West Beach in Santa Barbara and a short walk to the yacht harbor and waterfront... More

Nice staff
I stayed here for a night. The staff was very nice. It felt like a step up from a motel, but the staff added some nice touches such as wine and cheese and milk and cookies to give the place a more...
Nov 9, 2014
From $125

10 The Eagle Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 21 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

More like a bed & Breakfast than a hotel
My wife and I stayed here for two nights and we had a great experience. It feels homey and very welcoming. This is a small facility and the staff is friendly and very accommodating. Every morning...
Nov 30, 2014
From $159

11 Lavender Inn by the Sea

3 stars
4.1 / 5 62 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

Quaint Motel more like a B&B
As far as motels go, it doesn't get better than this. Almost felt like a B&B with all the amenities: wine & cheesec before dinner, cookies & milk before bed, coffee & croissants for breakfast....
Oct 21, 2014
From $71

12 Sandpiper Lodge

2 stars
3.3 / 5 134 reviews

3525 State Street Map

Business Advantage Flex - Same Day Cancel

Budget-minded Santa Barbara lodge near Stearns WharfThe Sandpiper Lodge is located on upper State Street, just minutes away from Stearns Wharf, dining, shopping and beautiful beaches. The Sandpiper... More

business layover
always a good place. moderate pricing, made staff is always attentive. Breakfast is a good selection....
Dec 19, 2014
From $119

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

3 stars
2.6 / 5 8 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 16, 2014
From $167

14 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 $135

15 La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.7 / 5 49 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

Relaxing getaway
Front desk people very helpfull. I traveled by train so I had to use public transportation. They told me exactly which buses to take. The room was huge! The breakfast was great, I specially liked...
Sep 15, 2014
From $166

16 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

One Night Stay
The shower was too small, and I don't like the windows that are facing the hallway. The complimentary wines and cheese aren't that good.
Nov 21, 2014
From $159

17 Holiday Inn Express SANTA BARBARA

3 stars
3.8 / 5 30 reviews

17 W. HALEY STREET Map

Historic hotel features free breakfast and InternetHoliday Inn Express Santa Barbara is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has earned a "Santa Barbara Beautiful" award. The... More

Very nice, nothing special
Great location, wide selection for breakfast, computer and printing access, small but clean room.
Sep 18, 2014
From $169

18 BEST WESTERN PLUS Pepper Tree Inn

3 stars
3.6 / 5 49 reviews

3850 State Street Map

Save 20% on your stay

State Street shuttle service, amenities at Santa Barbara hotelBEST WESTERN PLUS Pepper Tree Inn is across from the dozens of shops and restaurants of La Cumbre Plaza. Providing easy access to... 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 $300

19 Belmond El Encanto

5 stars
4.9 / 5 10 reviews

800 Alvarado Place Map

Save 20% off

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

Weekend getaway
Overall amazing experience. The spa and restaurant are amazing. The view from the hotel is also incredible. The room was very comfortable. Only drawback is bit far from downtown Santa Barbara. But...
Nov 5, 2014
From $152

20 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