Santa Barbara, California

Visit the American Riveria at five luxury Inspirato accommodations. Just outside of Montecito is the storybook English-style cottage Lilac, situated on one acre of tranquil gardens offering its own pool and outdoor fireplace. Nearby, the Rosewood Miramar Beach stretches along the pristine Pacific coastline offering an idyllic beachside retreat. Sitting on 500 acres of Southern California wine country is San Ysidro Ranch, a secluded getaway offering 17 miles of trails to explore. 

To the west, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara provides a peaceful and luxurious experience with a Mediterranean feel on 78 acres of oceanfront property. The intimate Belmond Ecanto—the only Forbes five-star resort in Santa Barbara—is nestled high in the hills, less than two miles from downtown.  

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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
  • International Film Festival
  • Annual Danish Days Weekend

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.


Travel Tips


  • 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.


Map of Santa Barbara, California

Google Maps satellite images are not always up-to-date, especially in non-U.S. destinations. Some Inspirato accommodations are located in developments built after images were last updated. Our pin placements represent our best location estimates, but actual locations may vary.

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