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Top Rated Santa Barbara Hotels

Hotel Corque
Hotel Corque
4.0 out of 5.0 400 Alisal Rd., Solvang, CA
Free Cancellation
$99
4.5/5 (58 reviews)

Very nice hotel in a perfect location. Beds were extreamly comfortable and the shower water pressure great! This will be our go to hotel on our next visit.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2019
Sideways Inn
Sideways Inn
3.0 out of 5.0 114 E Highway 246, Buellton, CA
Free Cancellation
$95
4.5/5 (32 reviews)

the packed/to-go breakfast was unique and very practical for busy people who like to leave early mornings

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019
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
$329
4.4/5 (47 reviews)

Property was pretty but far away from all of the things to do. Pool area is really starting to show its age. We had two days with no hot water

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019
Hadsten House
Hadsten House
3.5 out of 5.0 1450 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA
Free Cancellation
$99
4.4/5 (105 reviews)

Very quiet - comfortable bed - hot breakfast - what's not to like?

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019
Embassy Suites by Hilton Lompoc Central Coast
Embassy Suites by Hilton Lompoc Central Coast
3.5 out of 5.0 1117 North H Street, Lompoc, CA
Free Cancellation
$136
4.1/5 (69 reviews)

Friendly staff. Clean modern decor all around. We'll return.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019
Chumash Casino Resort
Chumash Casino Resort
4.0 out of 5.0 3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA
Free Cancellation
$105
3.9/5 (28 reviews)

we had a great stay here, rode in on our motorcycles on a weekend trip had motorcycle parking in garage right near hotel lobby which is a bonus for me .Great location to see Solvang and surrounding areas .Casino is a bit smoky but aren't they all unfortunately .the hotel does not allow smoking even ...

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2019
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
$200
3.8/5 (116 reviews)

Great staff! Very accommodating, and over exceeded my expectations.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2018
Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
4.0 out of 5.0 1111 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
Free Cancellation
$197
3.7/5 (151 reviews)

We initially got a really old room with a rolling barn day for a bathroom door , the room was super small and the heating and the air unit was right in front of the bed at same level as the bed. I asked for another room and for a some more money we were upgraded to an absolutely beautiful room it ...

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2019
Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
3.5 out of 5.0 202 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
Free Cancellation
$179
3.7/5 (250 reviews)

included bikes, really liked that. Hotel close to the beach, great breakfast.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2019

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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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