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Castillo Inn at the Beach
Castillo Inn at the Beach

22 Castillo St., Santa Barbara 93101

2.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,294 reviews)

Located in West Beach, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Carriage and Western Art Museum, Presidio Santa Barbara, and Santa …

£131
Kimpton Canary Hotel
Kimpton Canary Hotel

31 W Carrillo St, Santa Barbara 93101

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (851 reviews)

Evocative of a Spanish manor, this sophisticated urban retreat is a half-block from State Street, with its open-air shoppin …

£241
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara 93108

5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (471 reviews)

This Spanish Colonial style-resort is located in Montecito, California, directly on Butterfly Beach. The property is in close …

£429
Santa Barbara Inn
Santa Barbara Inn

901 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara 93103

3.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (810 reviews)

Located in East Beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chase Palm Park and Santa Barbara Zoo. Presidio Santa Barbara an …

£194
West Beach Inn, a Coast Hotel
West Beach Inn, a Coast Hotel

306 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara 93101

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (1,284 reviews)

Situated in Santa Barbara, the West Beach Inn is just 10 steps from the beach and 3 blocks from Stearns Wharf and downtown …

£175
Franciscan Inn
Franciscan Inn

109 Bath Street, Santa Barbara 93101

2.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Carriage and Western Art Museum and Presidio Santa Barbara. Sant …

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Montecito Inn
Montecito Inn

1295 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara 93108

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (1,067 reviews)

On a boutique-lined street in one of Santa Barbara's most upscale suburbs, Montecito Inn is a Mediterranean-style hotel …

£136
Pacific Crest Hotel Santa Barbara
Pacific Crest Hotel Santa Barbara

433 Corona Del Mar Drive, Santa Barbara 93103

3.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (153 reviews)

Located in East Beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chase Palm Park and Santa Barbara Zoo. Presidio Santa Barbara an …

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Simpson House Inn
Simpson House Inn

121 East Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara 93101

5.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (142 reviews)

Located in the heart of Santa Barbara, this romantic bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Alice Keck Memorial Garden …

£266
Belmond El Encanto
Belmond El Encanto

800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara 93103

5.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (220 reviews)

This family-friendly Santa Barbara hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Mission Santa Barbara …

£409

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Pocket Guide: Santa Barbara

Sandwiched between the Santa Ynez Valley Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the palm-lined city of Santa Barbara is a popular tourist resort on the central Californian coast. It’s known as the American Riviera thanks to its temperate climate, Mediterranean atmosphere and striking Spanish colonial architecture.

Embrace Santa Barbara’s European Heritage

The Spanish settled in Santa Barbara during the 1600s. It lies a hundred miles north of LA and 325 miles south of San Francisco, and is a popular stop on Highway 101. Santa Barbara attracts a thriving young crowd thanks to its five colleges and universities and popular surf beaches.

What to See in Santa Barbara

Get your bearings of the city at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, an imposing Spanish red-tiled building which offers sweeping views of the city from the open-air observation tower.

Wander along the esplanade or hang out at volleyball courts and beach cafes on Butterfly Beach or East Beach. Explore the city’s long history at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, tucked away in a beautiful cloistered courtyard, or enjoy famous artworks by Matisse and Monet as well as 20th century American artists at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

A highlight of a visit to Santa Barbara is the Mission Santa Barbara, the cream-and-pink church known as the Queen of the Missions, which is perched on a hilltop a mile from downtown.

Families will love meeting the giraffes and elephants at Santa Barbara Zoo, while teenagers can drool over vintage boards in the Santa Barbara Surf Museum at the bottom of Helena Street.

Where to Stay in Santa Barbara

There's certainly no shortage of accommodation in Santa Barbara. From hacienda-style villas, chic boutique hotels to luxury resorts, this beachside city is renowned for its quality of hotels, even on the lower scale of the budget. Head to the Mesa district for a hip beach vibe, or the upscale Riviera, a hillside area with views of the Pacific Ocean.

Santa Barbara’s Beach Scene

Santa Barbara is famous for its beaches with dazzlingly white sands, swaying palm trees and and rolling white surf. Surfing is a big deal here and Santa Barbara has some of the best surf beaches along the western coast. But if you’d rather just sit back and watch the ocean, enjoy lunch at Stearns Wharf, which has gift shops and boutiques, bars and waterfront restaurants with fabulous views of the Pacific.

Shopping and Dining in Santa Barbara

Shopping is a major pastime in Santa Barbara and State Steet is the city’s main shopping hub. Head to the historic State Street Plaza, a pedestrianised shopping street downtown with a wonderfully diverse collection of shops and boutiques. After a day of exploring, dine out on fresh Californian cuisine, or the finest fish tacos outside of Mexico. Finish off the night with an urban wine trail, tasting Californian wines in wine bars around downtown.

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