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Beach Life

The best beaches in Santa Barbara for surfing, kayaking, horseback riding, paddle surfing, swimming, sailing or just to enjoy a breathtaking sunset.

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Stearns Wharf

A landmark in Santa Barbara and built in 1872 to serve cargo and passenger ships. In the 1930s, it was the departure point for people trying to get aboard floating casinos.

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Santa Barbara Harbor

 The Santa Barbara Harbor has something for everyone: boat rentals, kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs), jet skis, a Maritime Museum, sunbathing on the beach, restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, a water taxi, and whale watching.

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Santa Barbara Sailing Center

Sailing is always a good idea and it’s right across the street! Welcome aboard coastal and sunset cruises you’ll never forget. Fun and charming sailing experiences. Fair winds!

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Condor Express Whale Watching

Condor Cruises offers a variety of spectacular excursions into the Santa Barbara Channel. The cruising grounds include Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands.

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The Funk Zone

Come visit Santa Barbara’s hottest fun zone known as “The Funk Zone”. It’s filled with restaurants, gift shops, arts and culture shops but mostly known for the endless amount of wine tasting rooms. Represented there are some of the best wines from Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley and beyond. You will be in wine heaven from beginning to end with so much to do and try. And the best part of it all… It’s all just walking distance from our hotel! A glass of wine awaits you, or perhaps more…

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Cold Spring Tavern

Cold Spring Tavern

At the Cold Spring Tavern you can appreciate the true ambiance of the Old West because, is if by magic, time stands still. Cold Spring Tavern is a former stagecoach stop dating back to 1886 that has been in the Ovington- Wilson family since 1941.

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Santa Barbara Zoo

The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 160 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats in this incredible Santa Barbara attraction.

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Hiking in Santa Barbara

From easy family-friendly hikes through sycamore-studded canyons to challenging summit climbs, Santa Barbara is a hiker’s paradise. 

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Golf

Santa Barbara golf courses range from greens to blues, hillsides to countrysides. It only makes sense that The American Riviera® possesses some of the most incredible golf courses in the country.

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Festivals to plan for

Plan the perfect getaway to our seaside haven with the use of this helpful guide, and explore the thrill of festivals in Santa Barbara! 

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Santa Barbara Museums

From the thought-provoking works of the Museum of Contemporary Art to the educational programs at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, you’ll discover science, history, art and more within the walls of these exciting institutions. Here are a few interesting local museums to consider when planning a visit.

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Old Mission

Known as “Queen of the Missions” for its exceptional beauty, the Santa Barbara Mission was founded by the Spanish Franciscans in 1786. A perfect place to visit to know more of our city’s history.

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Santa Barbara Courthouse

The Santa Barbara Courthouse, a National Historic Landmark, has breathtaking scenery that will enhance your next special event.

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Architect Jeff Shelton walking tour

Stroll by some of the most iconic buildings in down-town Santa Barbara with Jeff’s walking tour map of his own architectural design buildings.

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