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Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
4.0 out of 5.0 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
Free Cancellation
$189
3.9/5 (131 reviews)

Great location, still undergoing a few renovations that will make the property more up to date

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2019
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort features a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. Parking is USD 30 per day (USD 40 per day ...
Hampton Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta
Hampton Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta
2.5 out of 5.0 5665 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA
Free Cancellation
$116
4.3/5 (42 reviews)

Challenging times for Hotels during Covid-19. We understand it was going to feel a little different. The hotel staff was very nice and made sure we stayed healthy and safe. However, even though the breakfast is closed it would have been nice to have been offered a wrapped pastry or muffin to start ...

Reviewed on May 24, 2020
Guests of Hampton Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta have access to an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. ...
La Playa Inn
La Playa Inn
116 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA
Free Cancellation
$143
5.0/5 (2 reviews)

Brand new. Excellent front desk care. Great location!

Reviewed on May 6, 2020
Guests of La Playa Inn have access to free WiFi in public areas. A stay here includes free parking. Front-desk staff can assist with luggage storage and concierge ...
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
5.0 out of 5.0 8301 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA
Free Cancellation
$349
4.3/5 (54 reviews)

Gorgeous location. Staff was terrific. Mattress wasn’t very comfortable and rooms could use updating. OBar and Angel Oak were both delicious. The Bistro was disappointing. Had a birthday dinner scheduled there and got a call hours before that they were closing early that day because it was “slow”. ...

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara features a winery, a full-service spa, and 3 outdoor pools. Self parking is offered for USD 50.00 per night. Multilingual ...
Sideways Inn
Sideways Inn
3.0 out of 5.0 114 E Highway 246, Buellton, CA
Free Cancellation
$105
4.5/5 (71 reviews)

Rooms were very clean. Staff friendly and helpful. Love decor of room

Reviewed on May 24, 2020
At Sideways Inn, guests have access to an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and free WiFi in public areas. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. The 24-hour ...
Wine Valley Inn
Wine Valley Inn
3.0 out of 5.0 1564 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA
Free Cancellation
$129
4.0/5 (205 reviews)

Best hotel in the area we stayed here about 6 times and each time in a unique room.💜

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020
At Wine Valley Inn, guests have access to a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and a business center. Free parking is available if you drive. Multilingual ...
Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach
Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach
3.0 out of 5.0 223 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA
Free Cancellation
$169
4.3/5 (87 reviews)

My wife and I stayed for at Brisas de Mar, Inn at the Beach for nine days in early January. We had a wonderful visit there. The staff were all great. It felt a bit like a family "home" rather than a hotel. Our room was great and was nicely laid out. The service was excellent, as well. The perks were ...

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020
At Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub. You can take advantage of free parking if you ...
Castillo Inn at the Beach
Castillo Inn at the Beach
2.5 out of 5.0 22 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA
Free Cancellation
$85
4.5/5 (71 reviews)

Great hotel, amazing location, walking distance to everything! Very clean room. Breakfast was simple but good. Staff very attentive and helpful.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020
Guests of Castillo Inn at the Beach enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and a computer station. Front-desk staff can help with concierge services, ...
Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn
Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn
3.5 out of 5.0 4558 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, CA
Free Cancellation
$104
4.0/5 (129 reviews)

The hotel was clean & classy. I love the lobby and the cute porch. The restaurant on the 3rd floor was an added bonus! The server was so nice!

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019
At Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn, guests enjoy an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. The front ...

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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.

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