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What travelers to Santa Barbara are saying

Nice to be next to the water. Early morning runs near the ocean were great. Food was good and the burrito place next door was great.
ja k. Oct 11, 2015
Great town, good food, wonderful craft breweries and sunshine!
ensconsulting@msn.com May 27, 2015
Beautiful location to get away.
DON C. May 4, 2015

  

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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
Hotel Indigo SANTA BARBARA
Santa Barbara Beaches
11 minutes ago 3 stars $164
Hotel Santa Barbara 32 minutes ago 3 stars $193
BEST WESTERN PLUS Pepper Tree Inn 7 hours ago 3 stars $161
Lavender Inn by the Sea
Santa Barbara Beaches
9 hours ago 3 stars $139
Days Inn Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
19 hours ago 1 star $85
Inn by the Harbor
Santa Barbara Beaches
1 day ago 3 stars $161
The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
Santa Barbara Beaches
1 day ago 4 stars $216
Extended Stay America - Santa Barbara - Calle Real
Goleta
1 day ago 2 stars $113
The Eagle Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
3 days ago 3 stars $206
Inn at East Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
3 days ago 2 stars $135

Recently Rated Santa Barbara Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Ramada Santa Barbara
Goleta
3.7 / 5
161 reviews
3 stars $122
La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara
3.8 / 5
56 reviews
3 stars $186
Mason Beach Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.6 / 5
52 reviews
3 stars $141
Inn by the Harbor
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.7 / 5
52 reviews
3 stars $161
Belmond El Encanto
4.9 / 5
12 reviews
5 stars $447
Montecito Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.3 / 5
95 reviews
4 stars $153
Hotel Santa Barbara
3.6 / 5
28 reviews
3 stars $193
Hyatt Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.8 / 5
124 reviews
4 stars $199
Holiday Inn Express SANTA BARBARA
3.9 / 5
33 reviews
3 stars $103
Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.2 / 5
56 reviews
3 stars $208

Featured Santa Barbara Hotels

From $153

1 Montecito Inn

4 stars
4.3 / 5 95 reviews

1295 Coast Village Road

Charlie Chaplin built the Montecito Inn in Santa Barbara in 1928. The building was constructed using Spanish-style architecture. The completely renovated hotel offers top luxury in its 61...

Nice little hotel
The hotel is very appealing. Nicely decorated, very comfortable. Service staff very polite. Great location. Amazing linens! Put $60 on my card for incidentals and two days later still have not...
Dec 20, 2015
From $139

2 Lavender Inn by the Sea

3 stars
4.2 / 5 67 reviews

206 Castillo St.

Tasty Treats!

Formerly the Colonial Beach Inn, the Lavender Inn by the Sea is two blocks from West Beach. Surrounded by lavender flowers, the inn provides many little luxuries. Touches like afternoon wine and...

Excellent location, friendly staff, reasonable price
Very nice and helpful staff. Room is very clean. Hotel is only a short walk from the beach and wharf.
Sep 25, 2015
From $154

3 BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn

3 stars
3.6 / 5 124 reviews

336 W Cabrillo Boulevard

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Santa Barbara is known as one of the most beautiful regions of Southern California, and the Best Western Beachside Inn is located in the heart of it on Cabrillo Boulevard with easy access to State...

Great location for sure
Great staff great location, would go back across from beach and restaurants in both directions
Nov 6, 2015
From $109

4 Historic Santa Maria Inn

3 stars
3.9 / 5 187 reviews

801 S. Broadway

Historic Santa Maria Inn was built in 1917 and is considered to be both a Central Coast landmark and a symbol of bygone luxury. Located in the Santa Maria Valley, the Historic Santa Maria Inn was a...

Great value for historic hotel
Really unique place with clean fluffy bedding and pillows. Bar and restaurant have lots of ambiance. If we had to return to Santa Maria we would return to this hotel. Only small issue was lack of...
Nov 24, 2015
From $192

5 West Beach Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 145 reviews

306 W Cabrillo Blvd.

Complimentary breakfast, parking, wi-fi plus wine!

Directly across the street from the Santa Barbara Harbor is the West Beach Inn. The West Beach Inn is on Cabrillo Boulevard, which means you ll have easy access to the beach, harbor and State...

Relaxing vacation
Love this hotel. Second stay and looking forward to staying there again next year!
Oct 27, 2015
From $161

6 BEST WESTERN PLUS Pepper Tree Inn

3 stars
3.6 / 5 49 reviews

3850 State Street

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BEST WESTERN PLUS Pepper Tree Inn is across from the dozens of shops and restaurants of La Cumbre Plaza. Providing easy access to Interstate 101, the hotel also offers free shuttle service to and...

Great pool!
Pool hot tub were amazing! Really clean and deep! Loved the fresh fruit in the rooms and lobby! Rooms were ok and the balconey was a nice treat. The small ventalation slats in the bathroom area...
Jun 24, 2015
From $208

7 Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach

3 stars
4.2 / 5 56 reviews

223 Castillo St.

Tasty Treats!

Brisas 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 also steps away. Housed in a beautiful...

Business Trip
The hotel is very clean and the staff is extremely nice. The location was great for me. I could walk down to the water or get downtown fast. The breakfast was great and I enjoyed the wine and...
Dec 11, 2015
From $135

8 Hotel Milo

3 stars
3.7 / 5 224 reviews

202 W Cabrillo Blvd.

Christmas Day 24-Hour Sale

The Hotel Milo (formerly Hotel Oceana) in Santa Barbara, boasts a Spanish Colonial Revival facade that blends perfectly into the Southern California scenery. This stylish property is surrounded by...

Honeymooners
Great location . Beautiful grounds. Friendly staff. Will book again next time we n SB.
Oct 11, 2015
From $141

9 Mason Beach Inn

3 stars
3.6 / 5 52 reviews

324 West Mason Street

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,...

Awesome location for weekend getaway
We stayed here the weekend before Christmas and loved it. It was very quiet and easy to check-in / check-out. The staff was very friendly and I appreciated that there was tea / coffee available in...
Dec 23, 2015
From $122

10 Ramada Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.7 / 5 161 reviews

4770 Calle Real

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Surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens, the Ramada Limited in Santa Barbara is perfect for business travelers, couples and families. The property is a recipient of Ramada's Best Hotel Award...

Great hotel
I will be back for sure, good condition and service, clean. the location is near to 101, and a famous burger, just walked distance. The pool is heated, I didn't go but looks great. breakfast is...
Feb 3, 2016
From $206

11 The Eagle Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 29 reviews

232 Natoma Ave

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,...

Nice option
Fine location. Two blocks from the beach, nice little lobby. Rooms were quaint but a bit small. Ours had a queen bed, would have preferred a king. Nicely renovated older building but a little noisy...
Dec 6, 2015
From $161

12 Inn by the Harbor

3 stars
3.7 / 5 52 reviews

433 W. Montecito St.

Tasty Treats!

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 restaurants. Built in a Spanish Colonial style with winding staircases,...

Awesome getaway
The hotel was really nice and relaxing. Loved the complimentary foods they offered. The staff was great! Will come back for sure!!
Dec 22, 2015
From $90

13 Wine Valley Inn & Cottages

3 stars
3.9 / 5 145 reviews

1564 Copenhagen Drive

The Wine Valley Inn is a traditionally built inn complemented by koi fish ponds, private gardens and charming accommodations. Centrally located in Solvang, The Wine Valley Inn is within leisurely...

Disappointing Trip
Room so small you almost had to go outside to turn around. Step up to bathroom had uneven steps and almost fell in the middle of the night. Heard people next door VERY clearly. Not a pleasant...
Dec 11, 2015
From $85

14 Sandpiper Lodge

2 stars
3.3 / 5 137 reviews

3525 State Street

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The Sandpiper Lodge is located on upper State Street, just minutes away from Stearns Wharf, dining, shopping and beautiful beaches. The Sandpiper Lodge provides an array of amenities, including an...

Nice place spotty service
We do like the hotel and it is well laid out and convenient However, though the front desk staff was very helpful, they forgot to give maid service two of the three days we were there. When I...
Oct 27, 2015
From $216

15 The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort

4 stars
3.9 / 5 102 reviews

633 East Cabrillo Boulevard

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, the Fess Parker is a prime example of Mission Revival architecture. Orange barrel-style roof tiles, arched entrances and wrought iron fences highlight this Santa...

Combining Business and Pleasure
This location can't be beat! Views are gorgeous, you can walk to everything, rooms are spacious and grounds are well maintained. Food and drink are the biggest liability. Expensive watery cocktails...
Dec 5, 2015
From $261

16 The Upham Hotel

3 stars
4.6 / 5 9 reviews

1404 De La Vina Street

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....

Stay in Santa Barbara
In town for our daughter's wedding. Hotel was a classic old historical building met our expectations. Our first time in Santa Barbara and the town and area is very nice with plenty to do.
Oct 7, 2015
From $186

17 La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.8 / 5 56 reviews

1601 State Street

The La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara has been awarded the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara hotel is the perfect location for you to...

FAMILY TRIP
Hotel was comfy and met expectations. Would definitely recommended!
Jan 30, 2016
From $86

18 Pea Soup Andersens Inn

2 stars
3.7 / 5 103 reviews

51 East Highway 246

Pea Soup Andersen's Inn in Buellton serves up its famous pea soup, along with a free continental breakfast. Guests enjoy amenities like free wired/wireless Internet, microwaves and refrigerators in...

bed and pillow too soft
Everything was great except the bed and pillow was too soft
Dec 8, 2015
From $103

19 Holiday Inn Express SANTA BARBARA

3 stars
3.9 / 5 33 reviews

17 W. HALEY STREET

Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has earned a "Santa Barbara Beautiful" award. The hotel was remodeled in 2005 with wrought iron railings,...

Perfect couple getaway
The hotel was great! Amazing service! The room was very cozy and modern. Walls are a little thin.. The location was the best part, the pier two blocks away and the night life also within walking...
Dec 13, 2015
From $193

20 Hotel Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.6 / 5 28 reviews

533 State Street

Downtown Santa Barbara's favorite historic boutique hotel. Fine dining, world-class shopping, cultural venues, entertainment, great beaches, all within walking distance. Hotel Santa Barbara's...

wonderful stay
The staff specially the pm shift, were very helpful, courteous and attentive to our needs. The hotel location is very convenient and although the rooms were very small, it was clean and...
Dec 19, 2015