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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
Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
52 minutes ago 3 stars $202
Santa Barbara Beaches
4 hours ago 3 stars $171
Mason Beach Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
7 hours ago 3 stars $149
Hyatt Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
8 hours ago 4 stars $143
Inn at East Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
11 hours ago 2 stars $128
The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
Santa Barbara Beaches
12 hours ago 4 stars $209
West Beach Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
12 hours ago 3 stars $189
Montecito Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
13 hours ago 4 stars $145
Holiday Inn Express SANTA BARBARA 14 hours ago 3 stars $153
Inn by the Harbor
Santa Barbara Beaches
14 hours ago 3 stars $164

Recently Rated Santa Barbara Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Avania Inn of Santa Barbara, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Santa Barbara Beaches
2.8 / 5
13 reviews
3 stars $119
Montecito Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.2 / 5
84 reviews
4 stars $145
Mason Beach Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.5 / 5
47 reviews
3 stars $149
West Beach Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.2 / 5
150 reviews
3 stars $189
Sandpiper Lodge
3.3 / 5
140 reviews
2 stars $109
Inn by the Harbor
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.6 / 5
49 reviews
3 stars $164
Lavender Inn by the Sea
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.1 / 5
64 reviews
3 stars $193
Quality Inn Santa Barbara
3.3 / 5
45 reviews
2 stars $95
Pacifica Suites
4.0 / 5
35 reviews
3 stars $209
Hotel Milo
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.7 / 5
222 reviews
3 stars $169

Featured Santa Barbara Hotels

From $135

1 Ramada Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.7 / 5 166 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

Weekend with grandson
We took my grandson up to Santa Barbara for the weekend. The Ramada was in a convenient location and was clean and neat. The interior grounds are very nice and my grandson was excited to see the...
Apr 6, 2015
From $145

2 Montecito Inn

4 stars
4.2 / 5 84 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

Excellent location
Hotel was super clean. Pool was heated. Excellent complimentary coffee and tea, which open for extended period, 24hrs? Excellent nearby restaurant and a few minutes drive away from the beach and...
Apr 9, 2015
From $149

3 Mason Beach Inn

3 stars
3.5 / 5 47 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

College visit for son
We enjoyed the Hotel and it's cleanliness, convenient location to the beach and Brophy Bros and quiet setting. The staff was helpful and friendly and the breakfast was adequate. Will consider...
Apr 10, 2015
From $169

4 Hotel Milo

3 stars
3.7 / 5 222 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

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 $189

5 West Beach Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 150 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

Great couples get away
Love this hotel. Great location, walk to the beach, town etc... Perfect for an overnight stay in Santa Barbara!
Apr 17, 2015
From $180

6 The Eagle Inn

3 stars
4.1 / 5 23 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

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 $139

7 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

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 $128

8 Inn at East Beach

2 stars
3.9 / 5 124 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

Visting for tour of college
Had been to Santa Barbara once before, but hotel we stayed stbegore was booked... Not to mention expensive! Found this hotel at much lower rate. Great customer service, location is good but a...
Apr 6, 2015
From $202

9 Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach

3 stars
4.1 / 5 51 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

Very nice stay at this hotel
Great staff, very clean grounds, would highly recommend hotel
Apr 6, 2015
From $143

10 Hyatt Santa Barbara

4 stars
3.8 / 5 124 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

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 $193

11 Lavender Inn by the Sea

3 stars
4.1 / 5 64 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

Anniversary Trip
Great location, staff was very courteous, room need to be updated, bed was too firm, hotel was in walking distance to the beach. Will recommend to others
Feb 24, 2015
From $209

12 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

**Please note pool will be closed March 3rd through March 11th.** Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara is an exceptional, luxury beachfront resort facing the Pacific Ocean 90 miles... 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 $137

13 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

great hotel
Just spent one night in Santa Barbara. Great location close to shopping and restaurants. Large comfortable room. Felt like luxury hotel.
Apr 14, 2015
From $164

14 Inn by the Harbor

3 stars
3.6 / 5 49 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

Great road trip stop
I found the hotel to be great value for money, charming and in a good location.
Apr 6, 2015
From $171

15 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 $270

16 Canary a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 67 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

Good Location
Great location but the old beauty is tired and in need of an update.
Dec 30, 2014
From $375

17 Belmond El Encanto

5 stars
4.9 / 5 11 reviews

800 Alvarado Place Map

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... More

Amazing get away
Amazing weekend. They upgraded us to a beautiful room. Service was lovely, room was gorgeous.
Dec 23, 2014
From $153

18 Holiday Inn Express SANTA BARBARA

3 stars
3.9 / 5 31 reviews


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

Perfect location
If you want to be next to downtown and all the cool resteraunts and all the hot spots, this is the perfect place to be.
Feb 9, 2015
From $119

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

3 stars
2.8 / 5 13 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

Try to get there early otherwise you will have to park in the streets... very limited parking.
Mar 16, 2015
From $85

20 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