Hadsten House1450 Mission Dr, Solvang 3.5 out of 5.0
This boutique hotel is in the Danish village of Solvang within the Santa Ynez Valley wine country featuring over 30 wineries. The beach is 15 miles away and ...
We were surprised at the hotel and amenities. It was comfortable and very nice! I would call it simply a high class motel. Comfortable beds, updated bathroom with nice products. The hot breakfast offered was a full on home cooked meal! The staff at the front desk could be a tad more friendly, but ...
Hotel Milo Santa Barbara202 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara 3.5 out of 5.0
Set amid fragrant gardens and graceful palm trees, Hotel Milo Santa Barbara is across from West Beach, between Stearns Wharf and the harbor, and near State ...
Beautiful location, relaxing environment. Two pools, we used both. We also loved having access to the free beach cruisers. You will need to rent kids bike at near by bike rental. Excellent, tasty breakfast, included fresh fruit salad and gluten free options. The only issue was no air conditioning- ...
West Beach Inn, a Coast Hotel306 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara 3.0 out of 5.0
Situated in Santa Barbara, the West Beach Inn is just 10 steps from the beach and 3 blocks from Stearns Wharf and downtown State Street. Santa Barbara Yacht ...
Hotel room dollars just don't go as far in SB...that being said, this is my new favorite place to stay. Friendly, helpful staff. Clean and updated. Checkout wasn't until noon. AWESOME location and view! Quiet room despite being in a busy area. Breakfast and wine daily.
Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach223 Castillo St, Santa Barbara 3.0 out of 5.0
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach, is just a 5-minute walk from Santa Barbara harbor and the beach. It’s a 10-minute ...
We stayed here to celebrate our anniversary. Our room was upgraded. The complimentary champagne chocolates and hand written note were a nice touch! Best location daily breakfast, wine and cheese were a plus. Also free bikes to use which we took advantage of. Rooms were clean, spacious and very nice. ...
Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara1111 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara 4.0 out of 5.0
Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara is just across the road from East Beach, and a 5-minute walk from Santa Barbara Zoo. The MTD Waterfront Shuttle can whisk guests ...
Temperature of the room was not comfortable. Air conditioning unit didn't seem to work properly. Felt very sticky all night. The bathroom fan didn't work which may have worsened the problem. Bathroom and vanity area didn't feel clean. Hotel restaurant seemed very overpriced. Bed was comfortable. ...
Kimpton Goodland5650 Calle Real, Goleta 4.0 out of 5.0
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Santa Barbara Orchid Estate and within 9 mi (15 km) of University of California-Santa ...
Perhaps this is more fun on a weekend however we arrived Sunday for a short stay. Americana theme even with a little record player and albums (no needed though...). Nice decor but floors were gritty around bathroom. Nice large bottle toiletries, warm robes but low water pressure. Central pool area ...
Sideways Inn114 E Highway 246, Buellton 2.0 out of 5.0
Situated in Buellton, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mendenhall's Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana, OstrichLand USA, and Mosby Winery. Wildling Museum ...
The hotel is under big renovations but otherwise it was very comfortable and clean.
The Fess Parker Santa Barbara - DoubleTree by Hilton Resort633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara 4.0 out of 5.0
This mission-style resort is on Cabrillo Boulevard across from Chase Palm Park and the beach. State Street, the Santa Barbara Zoo, and Santa Barbara Harbor are ...
We really enjoyed our stay here. The location was great, the pool was really nice, and the room was comfortable. We had our bikes with us and went for some great bike rides in the mornings. The beach was across the street from the hotel, which was convenient. It was a little pricey, but we would ...
Ramada Santa Barbara4770 Calle Real, Santa Barbara 2.5 out of 5.0
Just off US-101, this Ramada hotel is 4.5 miles from Santa Barbara Municipal airport, Goleta Beach, and UC Santa Barbara.
Very good experience from signing in to checking out. Staff is very pleasant and accommodating. Room was exceptional and hotel is located very centeralized to Santa Barbara and the Beach.
Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn4558 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria 3.0 out of 5.0
Convenient to US-101, this Spanish-style hotel is half a mile from Carpinteria's famed beach and close to the Santa Ynez Mountains; Santa Barbara lies within ...
Really great value. Quiet, clean and comfortable.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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