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Santa Barbara Vacations

When you imagine Southern California, you may think of sprawling cities, free-spirited communities, or miles of coast lined with mansions. It’s a place where your imagination can run wild—and all your wildest dreams can come true. Santa Barbara is the embodiment of that California dream: part laid-back beach town, part upscale escape, and all sunshine and sea breezes. Meant for those who know how to enjoy life, Santa Barbara—with the Pacific Ocean in front and the Santa Ynez Mountains in back—is surrounded by gorgeous scenery. In town, the architecture, casual pace of life, and ample activities make you feel as if you're living it up in the Mediterranean. It goes without saying that you'll be impressed by this city, so start looking for a Santa Barbara vacation package and get ready to let your worries float away.

Relax in Santa Barbara

If this chilled out beach community is on your radar for your next vacation, you may already have some activities in mind. Namely, soaking up some sun, some culture, and definitely some wine. You’ll discover that Santa Barbara has plenty of all of those things on offer, plus more. Stretch out on the white sands at East Beach and listen to the swish of palm trees above and children playing in the crystal clear waters. The Fess Parker, A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort, is just steps away if you need to reapply your sunscreen or enjoy a snack at one of the five on-site restaurants. To the east, the quaint seaside shops and restaurants of Stearns Wharf beckon travelers of all types, whether you seek unique ocean-inspired souvenirs or a relaxing day spent casting your line off the pier. A friendly tip: the complimentary beach cruisers from Hotel Milo will get you there in true Santa Barbara style. And if you’re in search of a beach vacation in Santa Barbara that involves nothing more than total seclusion and romance, look to the luxurious resorts even further to the east, such as Bacara Resort & Spa.

Santa Barbara Vacations Have It All

Certainly beautiful beaches are not in short supply here, but Santa Barbara has plenty of cultural offerings as well. Santa Barbara Mission—one of the state's best—is a must-visit site. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum are worth seeing, too. If shopping is your thing, peruse State Street's boutiques. You'll be entertained every step of the way, but you won’t have to go terribly far from your room, as many hotels are right next to these attractions.

But we cannot forget the wine. For oenophiles, no Santa Barbara getaway is complete without exploring the vineyards of Santa Ynez Valley. The wine tour package at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore gets you a full-day VIP pass to the area’s best wineries.

Festivals and Events

Santa Barbara is truly a year-round destination, whether you’re longing for some beach time or want to shop till you drop. To add another dimension to your trip, plan your vacation in Santa Barbara around one of its excellent festivals or events. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival takes place each year in late January or early February and is an eleven-day extravaganza of films from around the globe. From screenings of the classics to avant-garde experiments, cinephiles come from all over for this world-class festival. The Summer Solstice Celebration in June is the largest arts event in Santa Barbara County, also attracting a huge crowd of like-minded revelers. The next month, on the weekend of Bastille Day (July 14) the French Festival is another popular event—because of all the delectable dining, of course. Croissants, crepes, quiche, and more are all on offer at this two-day feast. From April to October, check the Santa Barbara Bowl calendar for top talent from rock and pop to jazz legends and classical concerts. Whenever you decide to visit, there is always something going on.

Whether you are “California dreaming” from a faraway village or looking to get away from the big city, Travelocity is ready to make your beach dreams a reality. Peruse our incredible Santa Barbara vacation deals and find the one that is right for you. Then all you have to do is point and click, and we’ll see you in Santa Barbara.

Tours and Activities in Santa Barbara

Some travel experiences can change our entire way of thinking. So if you feel like you've been going round and round in circles lately, get set to jump into some eye-opening adventures.

So you've crammed your Santa Barbara itinerary with experiences — that's great! If you're hoping for a couple more ideas, here are some recommendations:

Frequently asked questions

How much are vacation packages to Santa Barbara?
Vacation packages, which include flights and hotels in Santa Barbara, start from as low as $834. Turn your travel dreams into reality and secure your dream vacation with Travelocity today.
How long should my Santa Barbara vacation be?
Most visitors vacation in Santa Barbara for an average of 2 nights. But traveling is all about trying out new things and making memories — why not stay a couple of additional nights so you can do just that?
Where can I get the best vacation package deals for Santa Barbara?
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Can I save on my Santa Barbara car rental if I combine it with a hotel or flight?
With a Santa Barbara vacation package, you can bundle your hotel, flight and car bookings and save some serious money. If you’re eager to see the best of this fabulous area, why not make tracks to Disneyland®? This top attraction is 110 mi from Santa Barbara. With your own rental car, you’ll be there before you know it.
What is the best time of year to go to Santa Barbara?
Pack your bags in and you can spend more money on experiences, rather than your hotel. This is the least expensive month to lock in a stay. Prices are at their most expensive in , so avoid traveling then if you’re on a tight budget. are the high season months for Santa Barbara. You’ll need to book well in advance and be ready to pay premium prices. are the quietest months to visit.
Which airport is best for Santa Barbara?
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) is one of the best airports for Santa Barbara. It’s roughly 8 mi west of the bustling downtown area. Other options available to you are Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX) (55 mi away from central Santa Barbara) and Oxnard, CA (OXR) (30 mi away from central Santa Barbara).
What is there to do in Santa Barbara?
While hopping off the tourist trail can be rewarding, you really shouldn’t miss the big sights that make a place famous. Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Mission Santa Barbara are a couple of them in Santa Barbara.
Where should I stay when visiting Santa Barbara?
If you’re after a place to lay your head, consider the Castillo Inn at the Beach. It’s the top choice for many travelers.
Can I go on vacation to Santa Barbara at this time?
Discover all the info you need to know about travel restrictions and quarantine policies ahead of your flight to Santa Barbara. Our Covid-19 Travel Advisor is full of useful advice to help make your vacation relaxed and hassle-free.

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