Santa Barbara

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The American Riviera offers historic adobe architecture, plenty of art galleries, wineries and beautiful beaches. 

Santa Barbara is famous for its expensive hotels, large mansions and trendy boutiques, but it also has beautiful beaches and many museums and festivals dedicated to celebrating the city’s past.

Be sure to visit Santa Barbara’s picture-perfect beaches. Lie on the soft sand and read a book, or grab a board and hit the surf. Conditions are great for beginners, but on the right day there are some good breaks for those of all skill levels. 

Marvel at the Franciscan–Spanish architecture of the old Santa Barbara Mission. You’ll find artifacts and documents from old missionaries, a still-operating chapel, and the mission’s impressive and well-kept grounds. For more old architecture, visit the adobe Rafael Gonzalez house or the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Head up the bell tower for great views of the surrounding area. History buffs will also want to check out the Presidio of Santa Barbara, a Spanish fortress from the 1780s. 

Learn how modern-day Santa Barbara came about as you wander through the exhibits at the city’s Historical Museum. For a look at the evolution of plant and wildlife in the area and beyond, spend some time at the Museum of Natural History. 

Art lovers will enjoy the city’s excellent institutions. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has an extensive collection of European, American and Asian art, and plays host to some world-class exhibitions. For a look at more recent works, wander over to the Contemporary Arts Forum. This gallery is artist-run and funded, and is dedicated to exhibiting the highest-quality work in the region. 

To enjoy other local products, organize a tour of the region’s wineries. 

Santa Barbara enjoys the sophisticated charm of a much larger city but maintains a quaint, friendly atmosphere. Throw in a fascinating history, loads of cultural activities and excellent beaches, and it’s not hard to see why it attracts visitors from around the world.

Where to stay in Santa Barbara

Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
2.5 out of 5
128 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
The price is CA $232 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this motel in Santa Barbara. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (691 reviews)
"The property is being renovated, so everything wasn’t completed yet, but our room was and it was nice. Comfortable bed and clean room. The staff was very helpful and pleasant."

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 2022

Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
Hyatt Place Santa Barbara
Hyatt Place Santa Barbara
3.5 out of 5
4111 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93110
The price is CA $318 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Santa Barbara. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4/5 Very Good! (691 reviews)
"clean and cozy"

Reviewed on Aug. 7, 2022

Hyatt Place Santa Barbara
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
4 out of 5
633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA, 93103
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $390 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Santa Barbara. Enjoy 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,096 reviews)
"Beautiful view 😍"

Reviewed on Aug. 7, 2022

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
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Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort
Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort
2 out of 5
3750 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105
The price is CA $254 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Stay at this family-friendly cabin in Santa Barbara. Enjoy free parking, 2 outdoor pools, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (66 reviews)
"The property is well kept, cabins are clean stocked with kitchen ware and bathroom amenities. We enjoyed horseback riding, however it is very difficult to get a hold of the stable the weeks before going or while on campus to make a reservation. It should be online to book the ride and sign waivers ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 17, 2022

Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort
Tide Pool Villas
Tide Pool Villas
4.5 out of 5
26 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
The price is CA $403 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Santa Barbara Bowl and Stearns Wharf are located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews ...
Tide Pool Villas
The Santa Barbara Secret Getaway - Two Blocks to Beach & Town
The Santa Barbara Secret Getaway - Two Blocks to Beach & Town
Santa Barbara, CA
The price is CA $415 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Stay at this beach apartment in Santa Barbara. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (87 reviews)
Perfect
"Perfect location, walking distance to SO MUCH. Quiet street. Lovely apartment with everything we needed and more!!"

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 2022

The Santa Barbara Secret Getaway - Two Blocks to Beach & Town
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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