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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
Avania Inn of Santa Barbara, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Santa Barbara Beaches
39 minutes ago 3 stars $129
Ramada Santa Barbara
1 hour ago 3 stars $152
Hotel Santa Barbara 6 hours ago 3 stars $209
BEST WESTERN PLUS Pepper Tree Inn 6 hours ago 3 stars $151
Inn at East Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
8 hours ago 2 stars $168
Canary a Kimpton Hotel 9 hours ago 4 stars $314
The Upham Hotel 10 hours ago 3 stars $231
Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore
Santa Barbara Beaches
13 hours ago 5 stars $395
Montecito Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
1 day ago 4 stars $185
Bacara Resort & Spa
1 day ago 5 stars $350

Recently Rated Santa Barbara Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Pacifica Suites
4.0 / 5
40 reviews
3 stars $199
Montecito Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.2 / 5
94 reviews
4 stars $185
Sandpiper Lodge
3.4 / 5
153 reviews
2 stars $149
Bacara Resort & Spa
4.2 / 5
22 reviews
5 stars $350
Ramada Santa Barbara
3.7 / 5
178 reviews
3 stars $152
Inn at East Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.9 / 5
135 reviews
2 stars $168
West Beach Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.2 / 5
160 reviews
3 stars $188
Lavender Inn by the Sea
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.1 / 5
66 reviews
3 stars $180
Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.2 / 5
59 reviews
3 stars $197
Days Inn Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.0 / 5
90 reviews
1 star $114

Featured Santa Barbara Hotels

From $185

1 Montecito Inn

4 stars
4.2 / 5 94 reviews

1295 Coast Village Road

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,...

Visiting College
Nice location, you can walk to the beach, shops and restaurants. It is one of the nicest hotels in Montecito. It is the best place to stay if you are visiting Westmont college.
May 27, 2015
From $168

2 Inn at East Beach

2 stars
3.9 / 5 135 reviews

1029 Orilla Del Mar

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...

Family get together
A little bit overpriced. Manager was very nice and friendly.
May 14, 2015
From $208

3 Hotel Milo

3 stars
3.7 / 5 229 reviews

202 W Cabrillo Blvd.

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...

Family trip
The hotel is in a great location. The rooms are simple (somewhat quirky) and overall property has nice character. The only negatives were the parking -- which was at times difficult and the limited...
Apr 16, 2015
From $149

4 Sandpiper Lodge

2 stars
3.4 / 5 153 reviews

3525 State Street

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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...

They were so nice they accommodated the fact we got there early and let us check in before check in
The hotel was great! The location was great! Everything was very nice and clean. I wasn't expecting that but overall experience was great! The staff is super friendly too
May 27, 2015
From $314

5 Canary a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 70 reviews

31 W Carrillo St

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...

Good Location
Great location but the old beauty is tired and in need of an update.
Dec 30, 2014
From $210

6 The Eagle Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 25 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,...

Lovely old hotel
We enjoyed our stay at the Eagle Inn very much...very clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. Very quiet and pleasant location. The only drawback, and it was minor, was the pillow....the one...
Feb 9, 2015
From $169

7 La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.7 / 5 52 reviews

1601 State Street

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...

The staff allowed me to check in early, the room was comfortable with everything I needed and the continental breakfast plentiful!
May 7, 2015
From $152

8 Ramada Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.7 / 5 178 reviews

4770 Calle Real

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...

Great family trip
Great location, close to UC Santa Barbara. Loved the garden and pond with ducks And turtles.
May 26, 2015
From $152

9 BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn

3 stars
3.5 / 5 129 reviews

336 W Cabrillo Boulevard

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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...

Execellent hotel made at stay in Santa Barbara
Well above expectations for a BW hotel, great staff made us feel very welcome, great rooms well appointed and very spacious. We highly recommend it and will rebook when we return to Santa Barbara.
Mar 20, 2015
From $179

10 Mason Beach Inn

3 stars
3.5 / 5 50 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,...

Family vacation
we arrived rather late on Friday evening after a 10 hour drive from Vegas so we all just wanted a hot shower and comfy beds for good nights rest and we got exactly that at Mason beach inn. Cute...
Apr 30, 2015
From $129

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

3 stars
3.0 / 5 15 reviews

128 Castillo Street

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...

Santa barbara visit
The hotel was just ok. The Santa Barbara area hotels seemed to be pretty expensive and Avania Inn had the best rate for the night we chose. The bed was very comfortable. The shower didn't get very...
Apr 29, 2015
From $180

12 Lavender Inn by the Sea

3 stars
4.1 / 5 66 reviews

206 Castillo St.

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...

Best Mothers Day !!
We enjoyed our stayed at the Lavender Inn. The staff was more than accomadating and so friendly. My daughter lives in Santa Barbara and just got engaged so this hotel worked out perfectly for my...
May 14, 2015
From $239

13 The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort

4 stars
3.8 / 5 107 reviews

633 East Cabrillo Boulevard

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...

Darn good, mostly
the stay was nice and the hotel personnel were helpful. We asked for a quiet room and we got it. The breakfast food in the cafe was mediocre and surely breakfast is a meal Americans out to be able...
Apr 27, 2015
From $188

14 West Beach Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 160 reviews

306 W Cabrillo Blvd.

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...

Great value
Friendly staff, great dollar value, stay one night on way up the coast.
May 22, 2015
From $219

15 Hyatt Santa Barbara

4 stars
3.8 / 5 131 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...

Santa Barbara Hyatt
The prime location initially is quite appealing, but this is one of the most mediocre Hyatts. The rooms are spread across various buildings. Our room did not even have a view, but it was nearby the...
Feb 10, 2015
From $350

16 Bacara Resort & Spa

5 stars
4.2 / 5 22 reviews

8301 Hollister Avenue

On the bluffs and beaches of California's Gaviota coast is a resort of stunning natural beauty and relaxed luxury. Spanish colonial warmth, old Hollywood glamor and new California dreaming set the...

Great hotel
Had so much fun!!Staff was so nice,pool was fun,ocean view incredible,food was yummy,and room was so beautiful!!
May 27, 2015
From $197

17 Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach

3 stars
4.2 / 5 59 reviews

223 Castillo St.

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...

Very Nice All Around Great Trip
This is a hidden Jewel in the Santa Barbara area. Everything was more than we expected at the Inn. The bikes where a nice addition to our trip. If there was to be anything different is a little...
May 14, 2015
From $361

18 Belmond El Encanto

5 stars
4.9 / 5 11 reviews

800 Alvarado Place

Business Advantage Flex - 72 Hour Cancel

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...

Amazing get away
Amazing weekend. They upgraded us to a beautiful room. Service was lovely, room was gorgeous.
Dec 23, 2014
From $209

19 Hotel Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.5 / 5 27 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...

Weekend Stay
My wife and I stayed here over Thanksgiving. Perfect location in Santa Barbara within walking distance of tons of restaurants, coffee shops, shopping, etc. Hotel has a historic vibe but is still...
Dec 1, 2014
From $231

20 The Upham Hotel

3 stars
4.7 / 5 6 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....

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