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With over 300 days of sunshine each year and a warm, Mediterranean climate, Santa Barbara is very much an outdoors city. Between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, it offers miles of white sand beaches, rugged hiking trails and road-cycling routes, and is ideal for an adventure-filled trip.
Santa Barbara is renowned for the quality of its accommodation. Use Expedia to choose from popular chain hotels, inns and roadside motels, or upmarket ranch-style properties and exclusive luxury resorts. Many of Santa Barbara's hotels offer sports lessons and activities, including surf lessons, bike hire and sea-kayaking adventures.
Book a sport-focused hotel near one of Santa Barbara's popular surf beaches, and you have access to some of the best wave conditions in California. Head to the sleepy surf town of Carpinteria, 11 miles south east of Santa Barbara, and catch some world-class waves at Rincon Beach, a legendary surf spot among Californian surfers.
In the city, book lessons at one of the surf schools which line East Beach, or check out the exclusive suburb of Montecito. Hammond's Point, also known for its excellent surf conditions.
Santa Barbara's perfect location between the mountains and the ocean makes it a great destination for outdoor sports. Try your hand at SUP, stand-up paddle boarding, on East Beach, take a sea kayaking safari from Stearns Wharf, or head to the hills in the Santa Ynez Mountains for rock climbing adventures and hiking trails.
After a day of adventure sports, head back to your Santa Barbara hotel for a rest or a drink in the bar, before dressing for dinner at one of downtown's popular SoCal restaurants. Or visit Stearns Wharf on the waterfront, a historic wooden pier between East and West beaches with seafood restaurants, casual cafes and lively bars.
From modern beachfront inns to upscale resorts, use Expedia to find the best deals on Santa Barbara's adventure sport hotels.