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Beach Resorts & Hotels in Santa Barbara, California

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Top 10 Beach Hotels in Santa Barbara

Pacific Crest Hotel Santa Barbara
Great for beach holidays
3 out of 5
433 Corona Del Mar Drive, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £186 per night
4.7/5Exceptional! (552 reviews)
Travellers like: near the beach, beach towels, outdoor pool
Travellers say...

"My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and Pacific Crest Hotel was the perfect getaway. Jennifer and Greg were the perfect hosts. They were welcoming, informative about things to do in the area, and super nice. Our room was clean, nicely decorated, and very comfortable. Thank you Jennifer ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jul 2020

Pacific Crest Hotel Santa Barbara
The Eagle Inn
3 out of 5
232 Natoma Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £160 per night
4.6/5Wonderful! (874 reviews)

"Honestly, I was thoroughly impressed during my stay at the Eagle Inn. With the current COVID-19 situation we were a bit weary of traveling but decided to at least try. We were able to walk from the inn to the beach/State St/ Yanonali St/ harbor and the pier with ease! Aside from the great location, ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jul 2020

The Eagle Inn
Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach
Great for beach holidays
3 out of 5
223 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £212 per night
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,010 reviews)
Travellers like: near the beach, outdoor pool
Travellers say...

"I liked the very courteous staff and also the cleanliness of the room. The property in itself is not very impressive"…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul 2020

Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach
Castillo Inn at the Beach
2.5 out of 5
22 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £104 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,368 reviews)

"Very clean and we loved the outdoor patio/ until we got locked out because the card key wouldn’t work. Apparently it was because the sunlight drains the door lock battery. Please fix this one imperfection."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2020

Castillo Inn at the Beach
Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
Great for beach holidays
2.5 out of 5
128 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £124 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (102 reviews)
Travellers like: near the beach, outdoor pool
Travellers say...

"Hotel is a bit dated and no maid service during this time. But the location is excellent. 10 min walk to downtown, 5 min walk to the beach and marina."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2020

Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
Lavender Inn by the Sea
Great for beach holidays
2.5 out of 5
206 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £189 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,002 reviews)
Travellers like: near the beach, outdoor pool
Travellers say...

"Everything was perfect and nice. Clean room and wonderful service. definitely have a mind to revisit"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2020

Lavender Inn by the Sea
West Beach Inn, a Coast Hotel
3 out of 5
306 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £172 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (977 reviews)

"Great place and even better location! Parking is super close to rooms itself!"…"

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2020

West Beach Inn, a Coast Hotel
Santa Barbara Inn
Great for beach holidays
4 out of 5
901 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £325 per night
4.4/5Wonderful! (981 reviews)
Travellers like: near the beach, outdoor pool
Travellers say...

"Staffs were all wearing masks and nice. Not crowded. Able to keep distance. Room was very clean. Able to access to outside and balcony. Only thing my kids complained there was small pool. Ocean water was cold but good ocean front location."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2020

Santa Barbara Inn
Beachside Inn
Great for beach holidays
2.5 out of 5
336 W. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £140 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (119 reviews)
Travellers like: near the beach, beach towels, outdoor pool
Travellers say...

"Clean safe area comfortable quite convenient to shopping downtown parking available"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2020

Beachside Inn
Inn By The Harbor
Great for beach holidays
2.5 out of 5
433 W Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £154 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (984 reviews)
Travellers like: near the beach, outdoor pool
Travellers say...

"Rodrigo, Aidan and Micky were extremely helpful and polite. check-in was super fast. It was nice we had a kitchen in our room. the pool was very refreshing. we especially liked the easy access to the free bikes! Great hotel!"…"

Reviewed on 7 Jul 2020

Inn By The Harbor
Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn
Great for beach holidays
3.5 out of 5
4558 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £123 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (1,174 reviews)
Travellers like: near the beach, outdoor pool
Travellers say...

"Good! Nice property. Comfortable, clean. Responsive staff."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2020

Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn
Mason Beach Inn
Great for beach holidays
3 out of 5
324 W. Mason Street, Santa Barbara, CA
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4.1/5Very Good! (825 reviews)
Travellers like: near the beach, outdoor pool
Travellers say...

"The service, especially from Kelly was great. We had to trade rooms a couple times, but everyone on the staff was accommodating. The electronic locks on all rooms were not working, so we had no key the whole weekend. Staff had to run up and down to let people into their rooms. Rooms are pretty good ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Mason Beach Inn
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Great for beach holidays
4 out of 5
633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £261 per night
4/5Very Good! (974 reviews)
Travellers like: near the beach, beach towels, outdoor pool
Travellers say...

"Despite the numbers of guests at the hotel, it is always very quiet. The beds are really comfortable too."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2020

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
Great for beach holidays
3.5 out of 5
202 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £195 per night
4/5Very Good! (985 reviews)
Travellers like: near the beach, beach towels, outdoor pools
Travellers say...

"Fantastic staff & service. Gorgeous location, right near the beach with fire pits available for guests at night. Love the vibe and location near State Street. The rooms are a bit average but good for the price and location. All around a great experience and will definitely come again! Thank you!"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jul 2020

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
The Inn at East Beach
Great for beach holidays
2.5 out of 5
1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £112 per night
3.9/5Very Good! (996 reviews)
Travellers like: near the beach, beach umbrellas, beach towels, outdoor pool
Travellers say...

"It has nice location, clean, quiet, very nice staff."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2020

The Inn at East Beach
Santa Barbara House
3 out of 5
424 Por La Mar Drive, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £258 per night
3.5/5Good! (1,000 reviews)

"The beach view was incredible. Hearing the ocean when waking up and going to sleep was like a dream. The room was big and clean. Very good experience!"…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020

Santa Barbara House
Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
Great for beach holidays
4 out of 5
1111 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellation
The price is £267 per night
3.5/5Good! (994 reviews)
Travellers like: on the beach, outdoor pool
Travellers say...

"Great hotel and location! Will be back for another stay."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2020

Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
Motel 6 Santa Barbara, CA - Beach
2 out of 5
443 Corona Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellation
The price is £99 per night
3.3/5 (996 reviews)

"It was very nice! I wish they had a small frig but everything else was nice"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2020

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Santa Barbara and neighbouring beachfront towns of Goleta and Carpinteria is known as the American Riviera, thanks to sweeping white sand beaches, a year-round Mediterranean climate and over 300 days of sunshine each year. Santa Barbara is great for a weekend or longer, or to use as a base for a tour of the Californian coast.

Beachfront Hotels in Santa Barbara

With some of America's best beaches, Santa Barbara has a wide variety of oceanfront hotels, from casual inns with swimming pools and diners, small, family-run hotels right up to sprawling luxury beach resorts.

There is a number of hotels and inns within moments of Santa Barbara's East and West beaches, and within easy walking distance of the shops, bars and restaurants downtown.

Stay near Santa Barbara's Surf Beaches

Californian coast is renowned for its world-class surf spots and Carpinteria's Rincon Beach is one of the state's top surf destinations. Give surfing a try with lessons from one of the town's many surf schools, or try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding or windsurfing.

Or relax with the locals on Carpinteria State Beach, one of the world's safest beaches thanks to its flat, clean sands and shallow, reef-protected waters. Explore the rockpools, have a picnic or just lounge on the beach, listening to the shore birds and the waves.

Santa Barbara's Dining and Nightlife

After a day on the beach or catching some waves, head back to your Santa Barbara hotel for a shower and a relaxing drink in the bar, before venturing out to sample the city's vibrant nightlife.

Lower State Street downtown is brimming with hip pubs, craft breweries and cocktail bars, as well as trendy SoCal restaurants. It worth remembering that Thursday night is college night, when the city's students make their way to the many local bars to take advantage of their drink deals.

From oceanfront inns and chain hotels, to swanky beach resorts, use Expedia to find the best deals on Santa Barbara’s beach hotels.

Frequently asked questions

What is Santa Barbara like for travellers who love the beach?
Known for its beaches and historical sites, Santa Barbara offers a lot for the traveller planning a beach getaway.
What's the best accommodation option to stay near the beach in Santa Barbara?
La Playa Inn is a top 3.5-star beach hotel with 2 outdoor pools and free WiFi. Other good options for your stay near the beach include Mason Beach Inn and Lavender Inn by the Sea. Head to Goleta Beach or Carpinteria State Beach for some quality time by the water.
What's the weather like in Santa Barbara?
Good weather can be important during a beach holiday, so you can use these local temperature and rainfall averages to decide when to visit. The hottest months are usually August and September, with an average temperature of 18°C, while the coldest months are January and December, with an average of 12°C. Average annual rainfall for Santa Barbara is 439 mm.
What is there to see and do around Santa Barbara?
After arriving and checking into your hotel, you’ll probably want to explore your surroundings. If you’re excited to scope out the beaches, spend a relaxing day by the water at Goleta Beach or Carpinteria State Beach. Discover the area’s historical sites and sunsets, and make time for local attractions such as Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Stearns Wharf. For additional things to see and do, consider a visit to Santa Barbara Bowl or Santa Barbara Zoo.
What's the best way to get 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 centre. If you’d like to venture out around the area, consider renting a car to explore more sights.

Top 10 Beach Hotels in Santa Barbara

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