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.
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.
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.
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Most people spend roughly 2 nights in Santa Barbara, but it's entirely up to you. If you're hoping to discover all the incredible things this place offers, why not hang around for a few extra nights?
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Bundling your car, hotel and flight into a Santa Barbara vacation package is an easy way to land the best deal. Plus, having your own set of wheels gives you the freedom to make your way to all those amazing sights you'd like to see. Situated 112 miles from Santa Barbara, Disneyland® is one attraction that should be on your agenda. Fasten your seat belt and make a day trip of it.
If you're hoping to save your pennies, is an excellent month to explore Santa Barbara, whereas is the costliest time of year. is generally regarded as high season. If you'd rather avoid the masses, tend to be quieter.
Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) is one of the most popular airports in Santa Barbara. It's roughly 8 miles west of the downtown area. Other options open to you are Santa Maria, CA (SMX-Santa Maria Public) (53 miles away from central Santa Barbara) and Oxnard, CA (OXR) (31 miles away from central Santa Barbara).
There is a particular magic in the air as you stroll the streets of Santa Barbara. University of California-Santa Barbara and Mission Santa Barbara are just a couple of highlights that entice visitors to this wonderful city, so put them at the top of your travel itinerary.
You'll often hear tourists recommending West Beach. If you choose to begin your Santa Barbara adventures here, check out the rates and amenities at the Beachside Inn (2.5 stars) and the Avania Inn of Santa Barbara (2.5 stars). Another excellent area to stay in is Goleta. Favorite hotels here include The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara (5.0 stars) and the Best Western Plus South Coast Inn (2.5 stars).
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