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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.


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
Inn at East Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
4 minutes ago 2 stars $84
Holiday Inn Express SANTA BARBARA 5 minutes ago 3 stars $162
Montecito Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
1 hour ago 4 stars $135
Inn by the Harbor
Santa Barbara Beaches
1 hour ago 3 stars $142
Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
2 hours ago 3 stars $159
Ramada Santa Barbara
2 hours ago 3 stars $109
Mason Beach Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
8 hours ago 3 stars $109
Motel 6 Santa Barbara - Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
12 hours ago 1 star $85
Lavender Inn by the Sea
Santa Barbara Beaches
17 hours ago 3 stars $159
BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
18 hours ago 3 stars $125

Recently Rated Santa Barbara Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.5 / 5
118 reviews
3 stars $125
BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge & Suites
3.7 / 5
75 reviews
3 stars $159
Hotel Milo
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.7 / 5
215 reviews
3 stars $126
Hyatt Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.9 / 5
122 reviews
4 stars $143
Montecito Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.2 / 5
77 reviews
4 stars $135
Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.1 / 5
50 reviews
3 stars $159
Ramada Santa Barbara
3.7 / 5
163 reviews
3 stars $109
Parkside Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.8 / 5
58 reviews
3 stars Choose dates
Quality Inn Santa Barbara
3.3 / 5
43 reviews
2 stars $90
Inn by the Harbor
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.6 / 5
47 reviews
3 stars $142

Santa Barbara hotels

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Featured Santa Barbara Hotels

From $125

1 BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn

3 stars
3.5 / 5 118 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 $126

2 Hotel Milo

3 stars
3.7 / 5 215 reviews

202 W Cabrillo Blvd. Map

Great value and views with mobile spa services, free amenitiesThe Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara is just steps from West Beach. Lush gardens surround Spanish-influenced buildings with mountain and... More

Friendly staff, great location, excellent amenities
We couldn't have asked for more at this beach front hotel. Staff was friendly. Pools and hot tub were great. Breakfast was filled with options. The bike rentals were easy and perfectly located to...
Nov 24, 2014
From $143

3 Hyatt Santa Barbara

4 stars
3.9 / 5 122 reviews


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

Cabrillo Blv.
The proximity to the beach is the best feature of this Hyatt Hotel.
Nov 23, 2014
From $135

4 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 $109

5 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 $84

6 Inn at East Beach

2 stars
3.9 / 5 117 reviews

1029 Orilla Del Mar Map

Budget-conscious East Beach property near the East BeachThe Inn at East Beach features free Wi-Fi throughout, a heated outdoor pool, free continental breakfast, local newspaper and free local phone... More

October 2014 vacation
Love this hotel for the price. Great location near the beachk, marina, and the State Street outdoor mall. Staff is friendly and helpful.
Oct 30, 2014
From $189

7 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 $109

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 $179


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 $145

10 The Eagle Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 19 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

Weekend Getaway
Came here for a weekend getaway, the hotel is in a great location 2 blocks from beach 10 minute walk to state street, there was breakfast every AM eggs, yogurt, lox and bagel a few options a day....
Oct 20, 2014
From $270

11 Canary a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 66 reviews

31 W Carrillo St Map

Save 40% on your stay

Upscale Santa Barbara getaway with views of the Pacific OceanThe Canary Hotel is an upscale, luxury hotel that has breathtaking rooftop views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Barbara. The rooftop... More

Great getaway
My sister and I stayed in a one bedroom suite for a few days in August with my 5 month old daughter and we had a wonderful time. All of the staff from the valet to the front desk to housekeeping to...
Aug 31, 2014
From $142

12 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 $159

13 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 $152

14 West Beach Inn

3 stars
4.1 / 5 141 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

Quiet little room in a perfect location!
For years we've stayed at Hotel Milo (formerly Hotel Oceana# just down the street.... but the last few times, we've had problems with the rooms, the breakfast, etc. So, we decided it was time to...
Nov 1, 2014
From $159

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

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

16 BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge & Suites

3 stars
3.7 / 5 75 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 $84

17 Sandpiper Lodge

2 stars
3.3 / 5 133 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

Good Location
Most expensive hotel of ou 14 days. Nice location and clean but nothing specatacular for the price.
Aug 11, 2014
From $140

18 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 $169

19 Hotel Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.5 / 5 24 reviews

533 State Street Map

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... More

great location
Perfect location for beach and shopping, grwat continental breakfast
Oct 13, 2014
From $109

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

3 stars
2.6 / 5 7 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

Retirement excursion
Room a bit shabby. Bathroom lighting poor. Quiet. Close to beach.l
Oct 18, 2014