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What travelers to Santa Barbara are saying

Beautiful views along the coast, the water was the most amazing blue ! The downtown shopping and restaurants were delightful and unique!
kristi s. Jun 23, 2015
Santa Barbara is a nice little town with lots of shops and restaurants. Apparently cruise ships now come from Northern and Southern California so there are a ton of retail shops (Coach, for example) that you'd find in cruise ports. Check out wine...
Rebecca S. Jun 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
Avania Inn of Santa Barbara, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Santa Barbara Beaches
57 minutes ago 3 stars $169
BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
1 hour ago 3 stars $169
Inn by the Harbor
Santa Barbara Beaches
1 hour ago 3 stars $200
Hotel Milo
Santa Barbara Beaches
2 hours ago 3 stars $194
BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge & Suites 4 hours ago 3 stars $199
Mason Beach Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
11 hours ago 3 stars $189
Quality Inn Santa Barbara 20 hours ago 2 stars $140
Ramada Santa Barbara
Goleta
20 hours ago 3 stars $177
Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
21 hours ago 3 stars $241
Inn at East Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
21 hours ago 2 stars $176

Recently Rated Santa Barbara Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.2 / 5
61 reviews
3 stars $241
Inn at East Beach
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.9 / 5
136 reviews
2 stars $176
Hyatt Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.8 / 5
132 reviews
4 stars $239
Lavender Inn by the Sea
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.1 / 5
66 reviews
3 stars $214
Montecito Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.2 / 5
96 reviews
4 stars $235
West Beach Inn
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.2 / 5
161 reviews
3 stars $269
BEST WESTERN PLUS Pepper Tree Inn
3.6 / 5
51 reviews
3 stars $219
Hotel Indigo SANTA BARBARA
Santa Barbara Beaches
4.4 / 5
5 reviews
3 stars $235
Bacara Resort & Spa
Goleta
4.3 / 5
24 reviews
5 stars $408
Days Inn Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Beaches
3.1 / 5
91 reviews
1 star $148

Featured Santa Barbara Hotels

From $194

1 Hotel Milo

3 stars
3.7 / 5 229 reviews

202 W Cabrillo Blvd.

Hotel Milo is just steps from West Beach. Lush gardens surround Spanish-influenced buildings with mountain and ocean views. Italian linens on guest beds make for easy rest and relaxation. Guests...

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

2 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 $169

3 La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.7 / 5 54 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...

Wonderful Hotel
Overall, it's perfect. The room is very new, clean and spacious. The hotel workers are nice and kind. Definitely I will book this hotel again.
Jun 8, 2015
From $176

4 Inn at East Beach

2 stars
3.9 / 5 136 reviews

1029 Orilla Del Mar

The Inn at East Beach features free Wi-Fi throughout, a heated outdoor pool, free continental breakfast, local newspaper and free local phone calls. Just one block from beloved East Beach, the inn...

Anniversary getaway
Best continental breakfast anywhere - including an ample serving of turtle eggs - unusual! Very comfy bed
Jun 25, 2015
From $241

5 Brisas del Mar Inn at the Beach

3 stars
4.2 / 5 61 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...

Absolutely Charming!
How I wish we would have had more time to stay here. Everything was wonderful! You are treated to champagne upon your arrival to your room. The bed was soooo comfortable. Free movie rental and...
Jun 26, 2015
From $169

6 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 $189

7 The Eagle Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 26 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,...

Convenient stop over in Santa Barbara
A nice hotel in a good location, walking distance to harbour and state street. Good breakfast. The room we stayed in was a little noisy, could hear doors slamming etc and the road outside the...
Jun 6, 2015
From $239

8 Hyatt Santa Barbara

4 stars
3.8 / 5 132 reviews

1111 EAST CABRILLO BLVD

Includes 40USD Food/Bev credit, 70 USD Spa credit

Hyatt Santa Barbara stands just across the street from beautiful East Beach in Santa Barbara. The AAA 3 diamond hotel has 173 comfortable guestrooms encased in a lovely Spanish Colonial...

College visit
The Hyatt Santa Barbara is in the middle of a remodel. The portion of the hotel that we stayed in has not yet been re-done and is shabby. Carpets are old, everything about the rooms feels, well, in...
Jun 25, 2015
From $200

9 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,...

Great road trip stop
I found the hotel to be great value for money, charming and in a good location.
Apr 6, 2015
From $299

10 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

Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort Santa Barbara is a pet-friendly, 24-acre Spanish Colonial-style property. The late Parker portrayed TV frontiersmen Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in the '50s and...

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 $177

11 Ramada Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.7 / 5 178 reviews

4770 Calle Real

Stay 2, Save 15%

The Ramada Limited Santa Barbara is the Ramada Best of 2010 Hotel Award Winner. Bordering the coastal foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the hotel is convenient to both Santa Barbara and...

Great family trip
Great location, close to UC Santa Barbara. Loved the garden and pond with ducks And turtles.
May 26, 2015
From $214

12 Lavender Inn by the Sea

3 stars
4.1 / 5 66 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...

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 $199

13 BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge & Suites

3 stars
3.7 / 5 81 reviews

2220 Bath Street

BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge & Suites is close to everything travelers want in Santa Barbara: midtown, downtown, local beaches and attractions. The hotel is located in a quiet residential...

Weekend getaway
in a quiet neighborhood, good if you don't want to be too close to the crowd.
May 5, 2015
From $235

14 Montecito Inn

4 stars
4.2 / 5 96 reviews

1295 Coast Village Road

The Montecito Inn is a mere two-block stroll from beloved Butterfly Beach and within walking distance of boutiques, attractions and several dining choices. Built in 1928 by Hollywood heavyweight...

A great surprise!
We loved our stay at the Montecito Inn. It has a lot of character. There were 4 of us in a room and we were very comfortable. Our room had 2 bathrooms, which was great. We swam in their swimming...
Jun 25, 2015
From $179

15 Holiday Inn Express SANTA BARBARA

3 stars
3.9 / 5 34 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,...

Family stay in a beautiful place
We stayed downtown. The hotel was very clean, decent breakfast included along with free wifi. It is very well located for shopping, the beach and restaurants. Very pleasant. Would stay again.
May 5, 2015
From $269

16 West Beach Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 161 reviews

306 W Cabrillo Blvd.

Complimentary breakfast, parking, wi-fi plus wine!

The West Beach Inn is a recently renovated beachfront property located between the marina and Stearns Wharf. West Beach is just across the street. Guests enjoy sea breezes, garden or ocean views,...

Awesome Hotel
This hotel is in a great location, only walking distance to state street and the pier. My husband and I have stayed there twice and love it. The rooms are very clean, a little small but was not a...
Jun 11, 2015
From $239

17 Hotel Santa Barbara

3 stars
3.5 / 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...

Great Location
This property is nice. The rooms aren't large, but they are clean (seem recently renovated) and the beds are comfortable.Note that they only have Valet parking, and if you need a good night of...
Jun 4, 2015
From $159

18 Sandpiper Lodge

2 stars
3.4 / 5 154 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...

Great getaway
This is such a nice hotel for a couple to stay in and just enjoy a weekend away. Its not that far from the beach and the city is great overall. The staff is so nice and comfort was their goal, and...
Jun 3, 2015
From $169

19 BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn

3 stars
3.5 / 5 130 reviews

336 W Cabrillo Boulevard

Save 15% On Your Stay

The Best Western Beachside Inn is located steps from the Harbor Yacht Marina and minutes from the beautiful sands of West Beach in Santa Barbara. The hotel is also within walking distance of many...

vacation trip with the family
First time in my life that I had to pay for parking to stay in a hotel. Staff very unprofessional, and they rush you to sign and check in. They only start to accommodate us after we complained...
Jun 13, 2015
From $235

20 Hotel Indigo SANTA BARBARA

3 stars
4.4 / 5 5 reviews

121 State Street

The Hotel Indigo® Santa Barbara hotel combines our neighborhoods historic beauty with contemporary sophistication, and every detail is designed to inspire. From our welcoming service to our...

Nice little hotel
Nice little hotel and close to the funk zone. I did read reviews about the loud train so I called in advance to be on the other side of the hotel where there was no train but the only problem with...
Jun 15, 2015