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Castillo Inn at the Beach
2.5 out of 5
22 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA
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CA $113
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,553 reviews)

"Everything was great employee at the front desk was very nice and friendly the hotel was clean and spacious I would definitely stay there again and very close to all locations such as restaurants and the harbor and State Street."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2019

Castillo Inn at the Beach
Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
3.5 out of 5
202 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
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CA $189
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
3.8/5Good! (2,236 reviews)

"Had a very pleasant experience at the Hotel Milo this past week. We had an ocean view and we were near the pool which made it extra special (room 261). The staff was very accommodating. Wine in the afternoons in the lobby is a nice touch as well. Beds are very comfortable. We rented the family suite ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 9, 2019

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
The Inn at East Beach
2.5 out of 5
1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA
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CA $152
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
4/5Very Good! (1,470 reviews)

"Inn at East Beach is very close to the beach and they have so many thing to check out that are complementary. You can check out beach chairs, blankets, volley balls, towels etc. The place was very comfortable and the staff super nice. The building is old and they are trying hard to update things. ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2019

The Inn at East Beach
Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
4 out of 5
1111 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA
Free Cancellation
CA $237
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
3.5/5Good! (1,853 reviews)

"The location is great; it's right off the beach and (more or less) within walking distance of the wharf. But the property is aging; our room had doors that wouldn't lock, for example. The service is excellent."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 2, 2019

Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
West Beach Inn, a Coast Hotel
3 out of 5
306 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
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CA $202
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
4.4/5Excellent! (1,865 reviews)

"Great location, nice property. Pool looked real nice but I didn’t use it unfortunately."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 22, 2019

West Beach Inn, a Coast Hotel
Pacific Crest Hotel Santa Barbara
3 out of 5
433 Corona Del Mar Drive, Santa Barbara, CA
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CA $157
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
4.7/5Exceptional! (481 reviews)

"Loved everything about the property. location, room , breakfast and Gregg was so helpful ,"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2019

Pacific Crest Hotel Santa Barbara
Mason Beach Inn
3 out of 5
324 W. Mason Street, Santa Barbara, CA
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CA $166
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
4.1/5Very Good! (768 reviews)

"Great place to stay as a family. About a block away from the beach, this hotel is nicely tucked inside on a quite street. Enjoyed our stay here"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2019

Mason Beach Inn
Motel 6 Santa Barbara - Beach
2 out of 5
443 Corona Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA
Free Cancellation
CA $108
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
3.3/5 (952 reviews)

"Location was excellent Courtesy and professionalism of “Rae” in front counter Room was clean Everything was working Excellent TV"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 8, 2019

Motel 6 Santa Barbara - Beach
Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach
3 out of 5
223 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA
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CA $224
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,689 reviews)

"Great clean and cute hotel near the beach and state street. We had king suite and it was like a small apartment as it had a kitchen living room. The office has a cozy fireplace to sit and rela."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2019

Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach
Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn
3.5 out of 5
4558 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, CA
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CA $128
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
4/5Very Good! (2,048 reviews)

"Comfortable rooms with amenities on site and close to area attractions."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 4, 2019

Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn
Lavender Inn by the Sea
2.5 out of 5
206 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA
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CA $211
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,673 reviews)

"I can't answer for the other rooms, but ours was excellent. When we checked in, turns out we had an upgraded room. It went from a standard king to the junior suite. This room even had a small kitchen. The room was quiet, the bed was comfy, and the shower is upgraded. The hotel offers your normal ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 28, 2019

Lavender Inn by the Sea
Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
2.5 out of 5
128 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA
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CA $144
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
3.8/5Good! (1,291 reviews)

"Nice clean place to stay in, we'll differently come again."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 19, 2019

Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
4 out of 5
633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
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CA $224
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18
4/5Very Good! (2,033 reviews)

"location, cleanness... kind staffs. It would be better if there wasn't a wildfire for the period of our stay."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2019

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Inn By The Harbor
2.5 out of 5
433 W Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA
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CA $179
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
4.2/5Excellent! (1,572 reviews)

"Clean room, I like the included breakfast and snack Also they offer afternoon wine"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 28, 2019

Inn By The Harbor
Santa Barbara Inn
3.5 out of 5
901 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $307
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
4.3/5Excellent! (1,262 reviews)

"We loved everything about this location. Directly across from the beach and close enough to the sites and restaurants. The bedding was great and my wife loved the heated flooring in the bathroom."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 29, 2019

Santa Barbara Inn
Beachside Inn
2.5 out of 5
336 W. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
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CA $165
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
3.9/5Very Good! (1,161 reviews)

"Really loved this hotel. Great location, beach and harbor across the street and easy walk to State Street. Every member of the staff was so friendly and always had a smile and greeted you. Our room was clean and updated. The only thing I can say that wasn't awesome was that there wasn't a hot tub...but ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2019

Beachside Inn
The Eagle Inn
3 out of 5
232 Natoma Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA
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CA $177
per night
Jan 6 - Jan 7
4.6/5Wonderful! (797 reviews)

"This is an absolute gem of a hotel near the beach in Santa Barbara. The rooms are lovely with plenty of sun. All the staff are friendly and helpful. There is an excellent breakfast served in the morning. The location is a very quiet street a few blocks from the beach and state street. I want to make ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2019

The Eagle Inn
Santa Barbara House
3 out of 5
424 Por La Mar Drive, Santa Barbara, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $184
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
3.6/5Good! (1,370 reviews)

"Quite, clean and loved the balcony and view of the ocean."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 27, 2019

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Beach Hotels in Santa Barbara

Known for its beaches and historical sites, Santa Barbara offers a lot for the traveler planning a beach getaway. This seaside destination has 104 beach hotels and other accommodation options to choose from, so it's easy to find one that works for you.

As you search for a place to stay by the water in Santa Barbara, consider selecting one of these top beach hotels with high ratings from Expedia travelers.

Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara - 4-star hotel on the beach. It features an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a poolside bar. Guests love the central location and comfortable rooms.

Best Western Beachside Inn - 2.5-star hotel, 9-minute walk from Leadbetter Beach. Our travelers recommend its walkable location and proximity to shopping. This hotel boasts an outdoor pool, free buffet breakfast, and TVs.

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara - 3.5-star hotel near Leadbetter Beach. It offers 2 outdoor pools, a spa tub, and free bike rentals. Guest reviews highlight the central location and proximity to shopping.

Harbor House Inn - 3-star hotel near Leadbetter Beach. It features free WiFi, free parking, and free bike rentals. Guests love the central location and overall value.

Castillo Inn at the Beach - 2.5-star hotel, 9-minute walk from Leadbetter Beach. Our travelers recommend its central location and comfortable rooms. This hotel boasts free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking.

Planning Your Trip to Santa Barbara

If weather is an important factor for your vacation, you can use these local temperature and rainfall averages to decide your travel dates.

  • Hottest months: September, August, July, and October, with an average temperature of 74°F
  • Coldest months: January, December, November, and February, with an average temperature of 41°F
  • Driest months: May, October, April, and November, with an average rainfall of 0.87 inches
  • Rainiest months: February, January, March, and December, with an average rainfall of 3.41 inches

Sightseeing in and Around Santa Barbara

After arriving and settling in at your accommodation of choice, you might want to venture out and explore. If you can't wait to check out the beaches, head to Leadbetter Beach or Arroyo Burro Beach for a relaxing day by the water. Experience the area's historical sites and shopping, and make time for local attractions like Presidio Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Other things to see and do in the area are Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Visitors also enjoy Santa Barbara for its:
  • Wineries
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Biking

Getting Around Santa Barbara

To get to Santa Barbara, you can fly into Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), the closest major airport, which is located 7.8 mi (12.6 km) from the city center. If you'd like to explore more of the area, hop aboard a train from Santa Barbara Station, Goleta Station, or Carpinteria Station.

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What is a Santa Barbara Beach Hotel?

 

On Expedia, you can find hotels located on the beach or within walking distance from the coast in Santa Barbara . Many hotels will have some rooms with a view of the beach or sea.

 

What is a Santa Barbara Beach Resort?

 

Santa Barbara beach resorts offer a full range of vacation facilities on a single site. Resorts are usually larger than hotels. Besides your hotel room, within the resort you’ll be able to enjoy several restaurants, bars and shops, along with recreational amenities. This often includes multiple swimming pools, family-friendly activity options and easy access to the beach.

If you are staying at a beach resort, there’s often enough to do within the resort itself that you barely need to leave the resort to enjoy your holiday.

*These are only guidelines as policies and amenities may vary across hotels. For more information, view details listed on each property page.

 

What is the difference between oceanfront and oceanview hotel rooms?

 

An oceanview room in a hotel means you can see the ocean or sea from your room. However, this does not always mean its a wide view. To qualify, a room only needs a partial view of the water from your window or balcony.

An oceanfront room on the other hand, is usually a higher tier room directly facing the ocean. The view will be better than an oceanview room. An oceanfront room usually costs more than an oceanview room.

Every hotel is slightly different so it’s best to check the room details of your hotel of choice. On Expedia, you can find out more about the different room types on the hotel page. You can also see what guests had to say about the view from their rooms.

 

What is the difference between a Santa Barbara beachfront and an oceanfront room?

 

A beachfront room generally means your hotel room is on the ground floor, where you can easily access the beach. An oceanfront room is usually located on the higher floors with direct view of the water. Potentially a better view of the sky too, to gaze out and watch the sunrise or sunset from your room -- depending of course on the destination itself. Beachfront rooms are usually more expensive.

In some hotels the oceanfront room is just a floor or two above the beachfront room so the view may be fairly similar. In other cases, beachfront rooms don’t have a view because of trees or other obstructions between the room and the ocean, so the main benefit is that you can stroll directly out of your room onto the beach.

*These are only guidelines as policies and amenities may vary across hotels. For more information, view details listed on each property page.

 

What does partial oceanview mean in a Santa Barbara beach hotel?

 

A partial oceanview or partial seaview room means you can see the water from your room, but it's not a wide view. Your room or balcony does not directly face the ocean. You are just able to see it from certain angles or corners of the room. Depending on the hotel and which direct it faces, with a partial oceanview room you might get a great view or only a small sliver of blue.

If you want a great view, oceanfront rooms are the better option. They tend to cost more.

 

How do I choose a good beach hotel in Santa Barbara?

 

The best beach hotels offer rooms with a wide view of the ocean, direct access to the beach, or a private beach just for hotel guests. There may be hotels in Santa Barbara which offer these -- look out for those when searching.

In general, beach hotels with large swimming pools, infinity pools and swim up bars, are usually highly rated by guests. Another thing to consider is whether the hotel provides beach chairs on the nearest beach that you can rent as a guest, and if they have a food/drink service while you are there.

If you are on a budget , look for beach hotels which aren’t directly on the beach or facing the sea, but still within walking distance.

On Expedia, you can also filter your search of beach hotels in Santa Barbara to display only hotels that have received excellent feedback from previous guests. You may also wish to search by price, area and amenities. Filter your search by 'Ocean View' to find the best rooms that are either by the water’s edge or offer a great view of it.

 

How do I choose a good Santa Barbara beach hotel for a family holiday?

 

Some top features and amenities to consider are:

  • Location: Some beaches are quiet but a little harder to get to. Other hotels are on the main beach with lots of activities, transport options and tourist facilities around.
  • Room Facilities: With sand aplenty, hotels with a shower instead of bathtubs are a good option. Choose a room with a view or a beachfront where you can easily access the beach.
  • Recreational Amenities: Supervised kids clubs and children’s pools give the little ones lots of fun things to do. Beach resorts are a great option because they have plenty of things to do onsite, suitable for different age groups and activities that can be enjoyed as a family. And the beach is never far away. In destinations with All-Inclusive beach resorts, your family can enjoy all the facilities without worrying about going over budget.

In some destinations, you may even find for hotels with water slides or water parks for extra fun.

Ready to find your hotel? On Expedia, search for hotels that are close to the beach, and select 'Ocean View' as a filter option under the Amenities section. Next, scroll to the bottom of the left-hand panel to the 'Trip Type' section and select 'Family Friendly' as a search option. This will ensure only hotels that include family essentials – such as in-room conveniences and child-friendly activities – are included in your list of accommodation options.

 

How do I choose Santa Barbara beach hotel that’s good for a couples getaway?

 

To set the romantic mood, look out for the following when choosing a hotel in a beach destination:

  • Beach Access: Hotels with a private beach, hotels with direct beach access, restaurants on the beach
  • Authentic Reviews: Positive guest reviews by couples
  • Good pools: Adults-only pools, infinity pools, swim up bars, private pools
  • Room Features: To bring romance to your room, look for hotels that offer oceanfront rooms so you can enjoy a great view from the privacy of your room or balcony. Couples also appreciate hotel rooms with private hot tubs or jacuzzis, private villas with its own pool, swim-up rooms, rooms with deep-soaking tubs. 

 

Are all Santa Barbara beach resorts all-inclusive?

 

No, not all beach resorts are all-inclusive.

To find all-inclusive Santa Barbara beach resorts on Expedia, input your destination and dates, click ‘view all resorts’ then use filters on the left to narrow listings to all-inclusive resorts only.

 

What are All-Inclusive Santa Barbara beach resorts?

 

All-Inclusive mean your booking covers your room along with food, drinks, recreation and entertainment available onsite. This often includes free use of lounge chairs on the beach, water sports like snorkeling and kayaking, and nightly entertainment that incorporates some local culture. Guests enjoy being able to enjoy all the facilities without having to carry a wallet around or worry about going over budget. Note that some premium items may be excluded from your all-inclusive package.

All-Inclusive beach resorts are typically located on a coast, with a range of water activities available. Non-motorized water sports like snorkelling and kayaking are usually included in the rate. Motorized activities and professional lessons are usually available for an extra charge. Jet-skis and scuba diving lessons usually fall into this premium category.