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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
Bacara Resort Spa
2 hours ago 5 stars $350
Belmond El Encanto 3 hours ago 5 stars $354
Extended Stay America - Santa Barbara - Calle Real
5 hours ago 2 stars $129
Santa Barbara Beaches
7 hours ago 3 stars $153
Mason Beach Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
8 hours ago 3 stars $119
Hyatt Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
8 hours ago 4 stars $143
Lavender Inn by the Sea
Santa Barbara Beaches
8 hours ago 3 stars $171
Montecito Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
16 hours ago 4 stars $135
Days Inn Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
18 hours ago 1 star $90
Inn by the Harbor
Santa Barbara Beaches
19 hours ago 3 stars $153

Recently Rated Santa Barbara Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Lavender Inn by the Sea
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.1 / 5
61 reviews
3 stars $171
The Eagle Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.2 / 5
19 reviews
3 stars $145
Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.1 / 5
46 reviews
3 stars $178
Orange Tree Inn
3.2 / 5
116 reviews
2 stars $85
Hyatt Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.9 / 5
121 reviews
4 stars $143
BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.5 / 5
114 reviews
3 stars $125
Avania Inn of Santa Barbara, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Santa Barbara Beaches
2.6 / 5
7 reviews
3 stars $119
Hotel Santa Barbara
3.5 / 5
24 reviews
3 stars $189
Days Inn Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.0 / 5
81 reviews
1 star $90
Hotel Milo (formerly Hotel Oceana)
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.6 / 5
212 reviews
3 stars $148

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Featured Santa Barbara Hotels

From $143

1 Hyatt Santa Barbara

4 stars
3.9 / 5 121 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

Loud and noisy
(-) My room was close to their parking (on the first floor close to the gym). I was continously hearing the loud noise of their staff talking/laughing together ( I am assuming the parking staff)......
Oct 18, 2014
From $125

2 BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn

3 stars
3.5 / 5 114 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

The hotel was fine for an overnight stay but wouldn't be good for several days or more. The excellent location near the harbor and wharf makes up for the average appearance and lack of amenities....
Oct 18, 2014
From $148

3 Hotel Milo (formerly Hotel Oceana)

3 stars
3.6 / 5 212 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

Hotel was great and staff was very nice. We loved that the hotel had bikes for us to ride instead of going down the street and getting them. The comp breakfast was good too.
Oct 5, 2014
From $189

4 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 $265

5 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 $114

6 Inn at East Beach

2 stars
3.9 / 5 116 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

Great for the Price
For the money, you cannot go wrong here. Location, breakfast and service are outstanding. Upstairs King rooms are pretty small but fine for a couple of days.
Oct 2, 2014
From $109

7 Ramada Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.7 / 5 161 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

Very nice stay
The room is clean and very nice. The neighborhood is very quiet.
Oct 5, 2014
From $135

8 Montecito Inn

4 stars
4.2 / 5 75 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

Free beach cruisers!
We loved our stay at Montecito Inn. Our room was a king mountain view, room 302. It was remodeled, clean, with a nicely stocked bar. The room and bath were on the smaller side, the expected for a...
Sep 30, 2014
From $179

9 West Beach Inn

3 stars
4.1 / 5 140 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 Santa Barbara getaway
Great location - right across the street from the beach and super close to the harbor and Stearns Wharf. The Inn is lovely with tons of upgrades at what once used to be a pretty basic property....
Oct 1, 2014
From $159

10 BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge & Suites

3 stars
3.7 / 5 74 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

Reasonably Priced Nice Clean Hotel
This hotel was perfect. We were given an upgrade to a suite with no extra charge and the suite was fantastic. We would definitely stay again.
Sep 8, 2014
From $149

11 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 $189

12 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 $354

13 Belmond El Encanto

5 stars
4.9 / 5 9 reviews

800 Alvarado Place Map

Save 50% On Last Night of Stay!

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

Totally Chill!
The grounds, amenities, staff and room allow for nothing but the best, most relaxing time. The staff is looking for ways to make your visit special - and they certainly did for us; our anniversary...
Jul 10, 2014
From $92

14 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 $153

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 $178

16 Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach

3 stars
4.1 / 5 46 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

Great Santa Monica Hotel
Although this is really a dressed-up motel that charges a premium (for motels) price, the extras are so nice that it becomes a great value. These upgrades/amenities include Spanish-style...
Oct 19, 2014
From $119

17 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 $162

18 Holiday Inn Express SANTA BARBARA

3 stars
3.8 / 5 30 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

Very nice, nothing special
Great location, wide selection for breakfast, computer and printing access, small but clean room.
Sep 18, 2014
From $345

19 Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore

5 stars
4.0 / 5 4 reviews

1260 Channel Drive Map

Rate includes hotel credit

A legend since opening in 1927, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara offers the grandeur of a Spanish Colonial estate set in lush gardens next to quiet Butterfly Beach. Set in the... More

Stellar Location, Premium Service, Amazing Getaway
I stayed at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara for one night. From the moment I arrived, I felt like a valued guest. My room was not ready at check-in time. No problem! I was ushered to the bar and...
Jun 18, 2014
From $95

20 Quality Inn Santa Barbara

2 stars
3.2 / 5 41 reviews

3055 De La Vina Street Map

Affordable Santa Barbara lodging next to MacKenzie ParkThe Quality Inn Santa Barbara sits adjacent to MacKenzie Park and is just two miles from the downtown shops and restaurants of State Street.... More

A decent place to stay
The room was clean and the staff was very friendly. But the wireless internet was too slow.
Sep 29, 2014