Santa Barbara, California

  • Discover 65 acres of more than a thousand native Californian plants at the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, designed by landscape architect Beatrix Farrand.
  • Every Sunday, stroll down Cabrillo Boulevard to check out the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show, a half-mile long display of local artists’ wares.
  • Tour the red tile roofed Santa Barbara County Courthouse for a prime example of the city’s Spanish Colonial architecture -- and sweeping city views from its 85-foot tall El Mirador clock tower.
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High-Class American Riviera

Nestled in a temperate coastal valley 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara has long been a haven for vacationers searching for an escape from city life. Also known as the American Riviera, the city and its surrounding Montecito area fuse the beauty of Mediterranean-style towns with the essence of California style. The climate is typical of the state's ocean front communities, with breezes that keep winters warm and summers cool. The Santa Ynez Mountain range is the perfect backdrop to the city's already blossoming, year-round beauty. Every stay should include a tour of the city's Spanish-inspired architecture, culture and boutique gastronomy.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)
  • Climate
    Mediterranean
  • International Film Festival
    January/February
  • Annual Danish Days Weekend
    September

Fresh Things To Do

Featured Activity


  • Ample Fine Dining and Wine

    With more restaurants per capita than most other American cities, the world is your oyster in Santa Barbara.

    The Dining Room and Terrace. Inside Belmond El Encanto, make a reservation for an elegant dinner under the stars. An artisanal menu blends with views of the city and upscale service.

    Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro. Start the day with organic eggs, toasted homemade brioche, omelets and croissants. Renaud's is known for its European-style breakfast offerings. The restaurant also sells imported delicacies and homemade cookies.

    The Palace Grill. For more than 25 years, the Palace Grill has been voted Santa Barbara's best restaurant service. The menu features a special nod to authentic Cajun cuisine. Five U.S. presidents have dined here, as well as culinary greats Julia Child and Wolfgang Puck.

    Opal Restaurant. Proprietors Tina Takaya and Richard Yates are all about California cuisine. This is your one-stop-shop for chilly specialty martinis and fresh ingredients. Save room for their famous dark chocolate Jack Daniels crème brûlée.

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Travel Tips

Weather


  • Forecasting Your Santa Barbara Vacation

    Generally mild and sunny, with low humidity and seasonal temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees, Santa Barbara's weather mimics the subtropical climate of the Mediterranean.

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Map of Santa Barbara, California

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