Santa Barbara, CA | Hotels, Restaurants, Events & Activities

There are seaside escapes. Then there’s a gentle crescent of California coast connecting breathtaking beaches, soaring mountains, verdant vineyards, elevated enclaves and eclectic communities.

You see, there’s beautiful…
and there’s Santa Barbara

Where the sea and mountains feel as one, the sun feels more golden, and the valleys overflow with a bounty of color.

Discover what Santa Barbara has to offer, from exhilarating outdoor adventure to fascinating arts and culture to an incredible variety of local food and wine.

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Experience the natural wonders of our seaside haven wallet-free. To help you soak up all that Santa Barbara has to offer, we’ve compiled a list of the most memorable, free activities. Learn More

Tucked between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara features the best of both worlds when it comes to outdoor adventure. Learn More

Scenic views are everywhere. Santa Barbara creates a postcard-perfect backdrop for your next hiking adventure. Learn More

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Refugio State Beach

Let the ocean breeze free your soul. Photo Credit: Instagram fan shannontbrooks

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Care and Car Free

With so much to see and do in Santa Barbara, your instinct may be to hop in your car each morning without even thinking about it. But luckily for you, the city boasts a number of care-free ways to get around and explore; each of which offers their own unique brand of fun, and none of which involve parking meters. Check ’em out! Photo Credit: J. Sinclair

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Surfing at Arroyo Burro Beach

It’s known as a sport for the soul, and when you paddle out in Santa Barbara, you’ll quickly see why. The surfing in Santa Barbara allows for some of the best in California, with something for every skill level. Photo Credit: Gabriela Herman

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The American Riviera®

The gem of California’s Central Coast is known for its pristine beaches, red-tiled roofs, white stucco walls, and welcoming spirit.

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Harvest Happenings

Ripe and ready for harvest, there’s no place like like Santa Ynez Valley for an experience among the vines. Photo Credit: Instagram @little_donutz

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Set Sail in Santa Barbara

Let your cares sail away during an afternoon on the water. Photo Credit: Gabriela Herman

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Butterfly Beach Bike Path

Pedal through paradise when cycling your way to Butterfly Beach. Photo Credit: Cecilia Rosell

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Lift spirits. Savor moments. Miss nothing.

Savor the coastal views, The Urban Wine trail, or the morning’s farm-to-table brunch. Explore shops tucked below unmistakable red tile roofs, then revitalize with energizing, local music or a handcrafted cocktail. Get lost in the unexpected, inviting culture of The American Riviera®. Lift spirits. Savor moments. Miss nothing.

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Lift spirits. Savor moments. Miss nothing.

Conquer the day on foot, bicycle or boat, then revitalize beneath distinctive red tile roofs with a handcrafted cocktail. The American Riviera® unfolds where the distinctive Santa Ynez mountain range reaches east-to-west, cascading into a south-facing Pacific coastline with Channel Islands National Park just beyond. Get lost in the unexpected, inviting culture of The American Riviera®. Lift spirits. Savor moments. Miss nothing.

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Take it all in. Relax longer. Miss nothing.

The American Riviera® invites you to settle in and stay a while. Savor distinctive wines while enjoying a personal tour of the vineyards. Embrace an escape where a storied Spanish colonial heritage mixes with modern art and dances under unmistakable red tile roofs. Soak up coastal views at the nearby polo fields, shaking hands with the local players. Take it all in. Relax longer. Miss nothing.

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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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Renaud’s Patisserie

Located within the Arlington Plaza, breakfast is always done right at Renaud’s Patisserie. Photo Credit: Instagram @arlingtonplazasb

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Biking Cabrillo Boulevard

Gorgeous ocean views, diverse terrain, and a delightfully mild climate make Santa Barbara an ideal place for a bike ride. Photo Credit: Instagram fan @jesslitras

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Hiking Adventures

For an advanced, but scenic, Santa Barbara hike, head to the hills for Gibraltar Trail. Photo Credit: Instagram @anoblevision

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Brunch at Smithy Santa Barbara

Nothing “stacks” up to the pancakes at Smithy Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram @irenecheneats

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Explore more. Miss nothing. Plan your escape..

Discover a majestic California landscape, where the distinctive Santa Ynez mountain range reaches east-to-west, cascading into a south-facing Pacific coastline. Mingle with elegant wine and rich culture beneath distinctive red tile roofs. The American Riviera® welcomes you with the unexpected and leaves you feeling revived. Explore more. Miss nothing. Plan your escape.

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Tropical Getaway

Seaside bliss, lined with palm trees and an ocean breeze in Montecito. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @lomograham

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Wine in Santa Maria Valley

Head to Santa Maria Valley, where wine country is done differently. Photo Credit: Santa Maria Valley

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Sacred Space

Part global import showcase, part spiritual oasis, Sacred Space is the kind of place you could spend hours admiring the “treasures from heaven available on Earth,” as their motto says. Photo Credit: Instagram fan @mahgey

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Pacific Crest Hotel

For your next Santa Barbara getaway, Pacific Crest Hotel offers guests warm hospitality, a great location, and a safe and enjoyable stay. Photo Credit: Instagram fan @jesslitras

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Create memories. Spark smiles.

Meet new friends at the Santa Barbara Zoo and explore hands-on exhibits at the MOXI museum. Plan an afternoon escape along a majestic California coastline where mountains meet the sea, with Channel Islands National Park just beyond. After a leisurely bike tour, elevate your evening beneath distinctive red tile roofs, where acclaimed restaurants prepare family-style feasts paired with bold wines. The American Riviera® welcomes you with the unexpected and leaves you feeling revived. Create memories. Spark smiles.

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Create memories. Spark smiles.

Elevate your afternoon with family-style feasts prepared by renowned chefs beneath distinctive red-tile roofs. Meet new friends at the Santa Barbara Zoo and explore hands-on exhibits at the MOXI museum. Plan an afternoon bike tour along a majestic California coastline where mountains meet the sea, with Channel Islands National Park just beyond. The American Riviera® welcomes you with the unexpected and leaves you feeling revived. Create memories. Spark smiles.

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Smooth Sailing

Ready for your next vacation? It’s smooth sailing in The American Riviera. Photo Credit: Instagram @eyeseesb

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Picnic in the Valley

Celebrate your next special day with a boho birthday picnic above the clouds in Santa Ynez Valley. Photo Credit: Instagram @santabarbarapicnicco

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J. Wilkes Wines

Spacious outdoor seating so you can continue to savor J. Wilkes all summer long. Photo Credit: j.wilkeswines via Instagram

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Lizard’s Mouth

Hike up to Lizard’s Mouth, where breathtaking views are just the start. Pack a picnic or go rock climbing, and simply let the beauty surround you. Photo Credit: Instagram @drastik805

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Pence Vineyard & Winery

Enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir that’s hand-crafted and poured to perfection. Photo Credit: John Philp

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Golfing at Sandpiper Golf Club

This oceanfront golf course features beautiful rolling fairways, challenging greens, and a cooling ocean breeze. Photo Credit: Image by Instagram Fan @j_mallmann

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Visual Inspiration in Santa Ynez Valley

From the electric blue skies to the deep purple of a Pinot Noir, a visit to Santa Ynez Valley is a journey for your visual senses. Photo Credit: Ali Stone

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Santa Barbara Seafood

Spend some time at the Santa Barbara Harbor, where you can watch fishermen bring in fresh catch, and then grab some for yourself. Photo Credit: Gabriela Herman

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Refugio State Beach

Refugio State Beach offers excellent coastal views, fishing, trails and camping sites. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @soapseas

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Seaside Fun

Boogie boarding through the waves of paradise. Photo Credit: Instagram @charlienparker

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Drive (and Surf) Worthy Destination

If you’re planning on checking this iconic coastal travel experience off of your bucket list, make sure you don’t miss these Santa Barbara stops. Photo Credit: Mark Weber

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Lucky Penny

Never feel guilty on vacation. Eat to your heart’s content and indulge with you and your family. Photo Credit: Instagram @TheDefinedDish

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Poppies in Bloom

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is covered in vibrant orange as California Poppies are in full bloom during the spring season. Photo Credit: Cecilia Rosell

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Thousand Steps

Find these not-so-hidden Santa Barbara steps, located along Shoreline Drive at Santa Cruz Blvd. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @dlouis.m

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Lizard’s Mouth

If you are looking for more of a picnic setting with space to relax, Lizard’s Mouth is the perfect hike to take on. Photo Credit: Instagram @scttcndn

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Santa Barbara Farmers Market

With 6 different markets to choose from each week, take your pick on which day and location to visit. No matter where you choose, you’re always guaranteed the freshest produce around. Photo Credit: Instagram @yummymummykitchen

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Mesa Lane Beach

Locals and visitors alike flock to Mesa Lane for long walks on the beach and breathtaking views of the Pacific. Photo Credit: Instagram @thomasgrahamvisuals

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Country Roads

The wide open country roads of Santa Ynez Valley are the path to your next vacation. Photo Credit: Instagram @alexahope

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Solvang, California

Spend some time in Solvang, the Danish village nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley that looks and smells like Christmas year-round, with twinkling lights at night and baked goods served fresh every morning. Photo Credit: Instagram @nelly1809

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Paddle Sports Center

When paddling in Santa Barbara, glide through the coastline in style with Paddle Sports Center. Photo Credit: Cecilia Rosell

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Twelve Ways to Wine

Elevate your sniff, swirl and sip experience to a new standard of memorable, with these anything-but-ordinary ways to wine when you’re on The American Riviera®. Photo Credit: Demetria Estate Winery

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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

With its Spanish tiles, sunken garden, and observation tower, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse is considered by many to be the country’s most beautiful government building. Photo Credit: Gabriela Herman

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The Ritz-Carlton, Bacara Santa Barbara

Along the bluffs and beaches of the Gaviota coast lies a resort of stunning natural beauty and relaxed luxury. Photo Credit: Blake Bronstad

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Brophy Bros. Clam Bar & Restaurant

Our afternoon recommendation? Eating fantastically fresh seafood while overlooking the SB Harbor. Photo Credit: Instagram @befatbehappy

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Golden Hour in Wine Country

There’s nothing better than a gorgeous afternoon tasting your favorite wines and basking in the golden sun of the majestic Santa Ynez Valley. Photo Credit: Instagram @santabarbarawinecountry

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Lift spirits. Savor moments. Miss nothing.

Explore a day’s worth of shopping tucked below unmistakable red tile roofs, then enjoy every pour along The Urban Wine trail. Savor coastal views after the morning’s farm-to-table brunch. Revitalize with energizing, local music or a handcrafted cocktail. Get lost in the unexpected, inviting culture of The American Riviera®. Lift spirits. Savor moments. Miss nothing.

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Dinner at Outpost

Southern California inspired cuisine, Outpost is designed to offer guests an incredible Santa Barbara dining experience. Photo Credit: Instagram @irenecheneats

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La Arcada Plaza

La Arcada Plaza is an architectural delight, home to the iconic turtle fountain. Photo Credit: Cecilia Rosell

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Cocktails at Loquita

Loquita’s cocktail list showcases Spanish vermouths, farmers’ market Sangria, handcrafted cocktails and a rotating selection of Spain’s king of cocktails, the Gin-and-Tonic. Photo Credit: Instagram @loquitasb

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Gourmet Shops and Markets

Few things are more picture-perfect than picnics. Add nibbles, drinks and an al fresco setting? That’s amore. Photo Credit: Gabriela Herman

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Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens

Park yourself for the afternoon at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @mannyraya

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Santa Barbara Public Market

A lunch spread that dreams are made of. Bring the family to Santa Barbara Public Market for a little something for everyone. Photo Credit: Instagram @TheDefinedDish

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Hiking in Santa Barbara

When it comes to combining the mountains and the sea, it’s tough to think of a better place in the country for hiking than Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram @britt_rojo

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Santa Barbara Splendor

Santa Barbara is a breezy coastal town with the ocean on one side and mountains on the other. Photo Credit: Instagram @travelfreak_

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Santa Barbara Zoo

Get up close and personal with the tallest residents of the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Masai giraffes. Photo Credit: Instagram @sarahgnewman

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Bob’s Well Bread Bakery

Next time you’re wine tasting in Santa Ynez Valley, make a stop at this quaint cafe with bountiful brunch fare. Photo Credit: Instagram @losangelesfoodiegirl

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Natural Beauty

A performance you’ll never forget. The beauty of a Santa Barbara sunset. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @bakingcutie

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Biking the Goleta Bluffs

Enjoy a sunset ride along the Ellwood Bluffs in Goleta. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @satchscratch

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Angel Oak

Seafood and sunset reflections at Angel Oak. Photo Credit: Instagram @dinewithkev

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Beauty along the Beach

Let the path of extravagant flowers and foliage lead you straight to Butterfly Beach. Photo Credit: Cecilia Rosell

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Take it all in. Relax longer. Miss nothing.

The American Riviera® invites you to settle in and stay a while. Soak up coastal views at the nearby polo fields, shaking hands with the local players. Embrace an escape where a storied Spanish colonial heritage mixes with modern art and dances under unmistakable red tile roofs. Savor distinctive wines while enjoying a personal tour of the vineyards. Take it all in. Relax longer. Miss nothing.

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Lucky Penny

Taste a delicious spin on the quintessential breakfast burrito with an order of Milpas flatbread, a Mexican-style pizza covered in salsa verde, potatoes, chorizo and fried egg. Photo Credit: Cecilia Rosell

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By Appointment Only

A beautiful Pinot Noir paired with an even better view at Pence Ranch & Winery. Photo Credit: Instagram @fahara

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Solvang’s Danish Charm

Solvang, a quick 45-minute drive from Santa Barbara, is a truly unique village rife with activities, seasonal festivals, wine-tasting rooms and delectable dining. Photo Credit: Instagram @vivoxplorando

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Sunstone Vineyards & Winery

A secluded spot for two. Enjoy a glass of premium wine within the comfort of Sunstone Vineyard’s wide-open spaces. Photo Credit: heidi1002 via Instagram

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Activity on the Water

Kayaking, surfing, sailing and more. Visit Santa Barbara for activities on and along the water. Photo Credit: Marion Herrmann

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Haskell’s Beach

Soak up the sun on the sandy beach, explore the tide pools, or look for dolphins playing in the ocean. Photo Credit: Blake Bronstad

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Helena Avenue Bakery

Morning recommendation: Wake up to a gorgeous sunrise followed with a bagel sandwich and a giant latte at Helena Avenue Bakery. Photo Credit: Instagram @TheDefinedDish

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Happy Canyon Vineyard

Outside is the best place to be. Happy Canyon Vineyard has updated the El Paseo courtyard with new tables and plenty of shade. Photo Credit: downtownsantabarbara via Instagram

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Arroyo Burro Beach

This beach is flat, dog friendly, and a great place to catch a Santa Barbara sunset. Photo Credit: Image by Instagram Fan @wifewithbaggage

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Grape Stomping

It’s harvest season, and that means winemaking at Whitcraft Winery. Photo Credit: Instagram @hi_geneva

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Presley Eats

Homemade dinner awaits at Presley Eats. Photo Credit: Instagram @presley_eats

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Rori’s Artisanal Creamery

Will pose for ice cream ? Kids & adults alike can’t resist the sweet taste of Rori’s Creamery inside Santa Barbara Public Market. Photo Credit: Instagram @TheDefinedDish

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Santa Barbara Sea Urchin

When visiting Santa Barbara Shellfish Company,a must-try is Sea Urchin, a local delicacy. Photo Credit: Instagram @choisauceboss

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Santa Ynez Valley

Reaching new heights and stunning views over the Santa Ynez Valley. Photo Credit: Nanco Helicopters

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Santa Barbara’s Chromatic Gate

Just because the sun’s out, doesn’t mean you can’t walk through rainbows. Photo Credit: Image by Instagram Fan @gwennivey

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Mony’s Tacos

Trust those when they tell you that the tacos at Mony’s are really, really good. Photo Credit: Instagram @TheDefinedDish

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Horseback Wine Tours

Ride through the vines with Vino Vaqueros. Photo Credit: Instagram @vinovaqueros

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Danish Delights

Aebleskiver, a Danish delicacy that’s a must-try when visiting. Photo Credit: Instagram @@theresa_gingras

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Guys’ Getaway to Goleta

Goleta is well suited to an action-packed guys’ getaway when the line-up calls for equal parts adventure, entertainment and refreshment.

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The Shop Kitchen

The “Tugboat” with fried chicken at The Shop Kitchen. Trust us friends, breakfast doesn’t get better than this. Photo Credit: Instagram @hungryinlove

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Photo Credit: Photo Credit Jay Sinclair

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Big Eye Raw Bar

Big Eye Raw Bar taking lunch goals to a whole new level with poke bowls at the Santa Barbara Public Market. Photo Credit: Instagram @santabarbarapublicmarket

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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Explore 5 miles of easy trails in this 78-acre wild crafted garden designed completely with California native plants. Photo Credit: Instagram @jennifersyltie

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Dining in Los Olivos

When visiting Santa Barbara, a day trip to Los Olivos is an absolute must. And so are these oysters for The Bear and Star. Photo Credit: Instagram @losangelesfoodiegirl

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Get Lost in Whimsy at Lotusland

Wander through a 37-acre botanical nirvana at Ganna Walska Lotusland. Photo Credit: Blake Bronstad

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Whispering Rose Ranch

Daydream turned reality. A beautiful lane of mature sycamore trees adorned with magical crystal chandeliers at Whispering Rose Ranch. Photo Credit: Instagram @johnandcolettephoto

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The Lark

Cocktails always taste better at The Lark. Pictured is the California Rattlesnake – fennel infused rye, yellow chartreuse, cardamom, maple, lemon, egg white. Photo Credit: Instagram @Thelark

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Island Kayaking

Kayaking is the best way to see The Channel Islands up-close and personal. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @sbadventure

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Weekly Farmer’s Market

Vibrant flowers for sale at the Santa Barbara Farmers Market.

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Les Marchands

Choose all of your favorite dishes when enjoying brunch at Les Marchands. Photo Credit: Instagram @lesmarchandssb

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Beach Day Daze

With over 300 days of sunshine per year, almost every day is a beach day in sunny Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @posesawkwardly

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Biking Along Stearns Wharf

A bike ride during golden hour in Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @barretoa15

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Wines of Presidio Neighborhood

There’s wine in all directions in Santa Barbara’s Presidio Neighborhood. Photo Credit: Instagram @downtownsantabarbara

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Shoreline Park

Best seat in the house to capture sunrises and sunsets atop the scenic Santa Barbara sea cliffs! Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @chantellepeek

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Marinated & Grilled Hanger Steak

Dine in at The Lark for marinated & grilled hanger steak with charred broccoli, calabrian chile, crispy shallots, and mint. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @TheLarkSB

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See the Seas at Stearns Wharf

Surround yourself with a cool sea breeze while watching the tide roll in along Stearns Wharf. Photo Credit: Image by Instagram Fan @altafkw

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Fess Parker Doubletree Resort

Home to many events throughout the year, the sun sets over Fess Parker’s Plaza del Sol. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @fessparkerresort

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Red-Tiled Rooftops

Spanish style for miles and miles in Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Image by Instagram Fan @teamjzpr

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Wine Country at Sunstone

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Angel Oak

This delicious, seaside meal, brought to you by Angel Oak at Bacara Resort & Spa. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @mrtimrobards

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Hiking Cathedral Peak

Boulder hop in Cathedral Park to reach city views atop Santa Barbara Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @jlova_rn

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Grassini Family Vineyards

From wine country to downtown Santa Barbara, get a taste of local vineyards in Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @grassinifamilyvineyards

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Sunday Brunch

Sunday brunch at the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara is weekend must when in Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Image by Instagram Fan @_thomasdawson

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SB’s Iconic Dolphin Fountain

Palm trees, dolphins and blue skies. A typical day along the Santa Barbara Waterfront. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @brendas.photography

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Hotel Milo

For your next weekend on the water, Hotel Milo is conveniently located in Santa Barbara’s Waterfront neighborhood. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @k_holly

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Wine & Yoga

First, yoga. Then, wine tasting. Photo Credit: Instagram @vineyard_yoga_syv

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A Montecito Sunrise

Watch the sun rising over the pool at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, while admiring iconic Butterfly Beach just past the deck. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @fssantabarbara

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Swing at Potter’s Point

Rock climbers are treated to a scenic resting spot with this swing at Potter’s Point. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @andrew.townsend of @thesaltybrunette

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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Red-tiles for miles when viewing 360 degree city views from the Santa Barbara Courthouse Clock Tower. Photo Credit: Instagram @jorge_decorral

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Cocktail Creations

Cheers to a vacation in Santa Barbara with a Rosemary Ruby Red & Margarita at Eureka! Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @chell__seaa

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Point Conception

One of the earliest California lighthouses is located along the Santa Barbara Channel. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @drastik805

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On the Alley

For the most incredible shrimp tacos and breakfast burritos, head to the harbor for a stop at On the Alley. Photo Credit: Image by Instagram Fan @_thomasdawson

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Summerland Beaches

Shimmering waters and sandy beaches await your next visit to Summerland. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @upmarketphoto

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Linger Over Lunch

Lunches are fun and easy at opal – excellent food, outstanding service and reasonable prices make this a local favorite. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @opal_sb

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Sandpiper Golf Club

First stop, helicopter tour with Nanco Helicopters. Second, a round of ocean-front golf at Sandpiper Golf Club. Photo Credit: Image by Instagram Fan @nancohelicopters

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Studio Sundays

Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @sbmuseart

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Channel Islands National Park

Beautiful marine life, pristine kelp forests, and hidden sea caves along The Channel Island’s rugged coastline make it hard to stay away. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @sbadvemture

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Rincon Point

Wait for the perfect set, or watch the waves, at one of the area’s best scenic surfing locations. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @montecrofts

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Red Tile Romance

Celebrate your romance with Santa Barbara’s red-tiled roofs atop the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Clock Tower. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @aborayan777

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Biking Along Cabrillo Blvd.

Ditch the car, and tour Santa Barbara on two wheels. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @vaughntastic

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Santa Barbara Harbor

A good way to spend a quiet afternoon along the Santa Barbara Harbor, site seeing and enjoying the local catch. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @chell__seaa

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Good Morning Goodies

Banana Kahlua French Toast at Jeannine’s Bakery & Restaurant sure will brighten your day. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @meatballsandmojitos

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Helicopter Wine Tour

Wine tasting done right. Arrive at Sanford Winery for your private tasting in style. Let Nanco Helicopters be your designated pilot. Photo Credit: Instagram @nancohelicopters

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Leadbetter Beach

Enjoy the calm of a Central Coast sunset at Leadbetter Beach. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @barretoa15

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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Located just beyond the Old Mission, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History offers visitors of all ages a chance to discover and reconnect with nature. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @amazingdaysevents

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S.Y. Kitchen

Delectable food and cocktails over lunch are the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. S.Y. Kitchen does it right. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @wanderandwine

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Wine Tour via Tesla

Explore wine country by Tesla with Sustainable Vine. Photo Credit: Instagram @sustainablevine

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Babcock Winery

The first fruit of the 2015 harvest at Babcock Winery. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @babcockwinery

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Breathtaking Views

Explore the front side of the Santa Ynez mountains overlooking Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @SBFittours

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Sunshine Getaways

Surrounding yourself with sunshine, beach breezes and palm tree views at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is always a great way to spend a day on the coast. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @fssantabarbara

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Breakfast Bites

Start your morning right with Eggs Norwegian from Jeannine’s Bakery & Restaurant. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @meatballsandmojitos

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Channel Island Outfitters

An adventure awaits. Get a glimpse below the surface when kayaking the Channel Islands. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @cio_adventures

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Beachside Bike Path

Ride in paradise as you follow this bike path to Butterfly Beach in Montecito. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @lomograham

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Purple Mountains Majesty

Enjoy the purple glow of the mountains, and the orange hew of a Santa Barbara sunset at East Beach. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @barretoa15

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Brophy Bros.

In every visit to Brophy Bros., visitors and locals alike enjoy views of the harbor, fishermen and fresh seafood from the Santa Barbara Channel. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @lizhubbard16

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Your Path to Paradise

Let yourself relax and indulge in luxury at Bacara Resort & Spa. Photo Credit: Brianne Limani

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Belmond El Encanto

Enjoy the sunset from El Encanto’s zero-edge pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @elencantohotel

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Group Wine Tasting

Grab your friends for group wine tasting at Potek Winery. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @muniwine

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Take a Bite!

Every day should be National Cheeseburger Day; especially at Hitching Post II. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @hitchingpost2

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Beach Biking

Biking along the beach in Santa Barbara provides the perfect backdrop. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @wanderandwine

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Health & Wellness

Get in the Santa Barbara mindset and fall in love with taking care of your body, mind and spirit . Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @clairespiration

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Colors Along the Coast

Winter in Santa Barbara paints a colorful coastline. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @ckellyortel

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Bella Vista Brunch

Treat yourself to a gorgeous table right on the patio overlooking the ocean and eat our way through the menu at Bella Vista at Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram @_thomasdawson

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Doggie Beach Day

Every member of the family enjoys beach days in Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @gone_travelynn

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Pairing Perfection

Guests of Coastal Concierge enjoy this amazing wine and charcuterie pairing at Potek Winery. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @sbcoastalconcierge

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Beach Volleyball

East & West Beach offer visitors beachside volleyball. Photo Credit: J. Sinclair

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Dancing Trees

Palm trees dancing in the sunset along Cabrillo Boulevard. Photo Credit: Anna McNaught

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Urban Oasis

Relax in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara at Canary Hotel’s urban oasis. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @canaryhotel

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Sunset Surfing

End an afternoon of surfing in Santa Barbara with a spectacular sunset. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @brendas.photography

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Appetizers at Zaytoon

Lovers of hummus and Lebanese cuisine will go crazy over the appetizers at Zaytoon. Photo Credit: Image by Instagram Fan @_thomasdawson

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Sun Salutations

Find your inner peace high above the city. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @yasayoga

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Steps at Mesa Lane

Follow the path to an afternoon of beach front bliss. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @_michelleguzman

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Cupcakes at the Santa Barbara Public Market

Savor a mini cupcake tasting flight at Enjoy Cupcakes, located in the Santa Barbara Public Market. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @312food

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Step Into Paradise

Don’t let the number of steps scare you! This path to Mesa Lane will lead you straight to a beachfront paradise. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @kylec_photo

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Pizza Perfection

Enjoy a taste of Italy at Olio Pizzeria Enoteca & Bar. More in the mood for pasta? Don’t fear! The formal Italian dining is just around the corner at Olio Limone. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @oliosantabarbara

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Channel Island Kayaking

Kayak through the kelp forests of the Channel Islands National Park. This unique location is home to both warm water currents from the South and cold water currents from the North. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @SBAdventure

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SUPing Into The Sunset

Rent a paddle board and SUP into the sunset at one of Santa Barbara’s beaches. Photo Credit: Kristen Harmony

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Sunshine Wine Tasting

Sunshine, wine and good company… It doesn’t get any better than this. Photo Credit: Image by Instagram Fan @alexahope805

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Nightly Performance

Each night in Santa Barbara, there’s a performance that is free and bound to take your breath away. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @posesawkwardly

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Downtown Santa Barbara

Downtown Santa Barbara is lined with red-tiled roofs for miles and miles. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @o0orangeliu

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Santa Barbara Sea Urchin Toast

The Lark’s take on sea urchin, a local Santa Barbara delicacy. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @TheLarkSB

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State Street at Night

See the glow of State Street after dark in downtown Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @itsmerigie

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Biking Jesusita Trail

Moutain bike through the hills of Santa Barbara with Santa Barbara Fitness Tours’ team. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @SBFittours

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Santa Barbara’s Red Tiled Roofs

It’s the little details that make Santa Barbara unique, such as the red-tiled roofs that are peppered throughout the city. Photo Credit: Brianne Limani

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Bubbles & Bloody Mary’s

Cheers to a sun-filled vacation in Santa Barbara spent atop the Canary Hotel’s rooftop with bubbles and Bloody Mary’s. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @canaryhotel

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Leadbetter Beach

For those days when you need a little sunshine and a beach day, head to Leadbetter Beach. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @lexibrookephotography

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Fiery Monticeto Sunset

Along the shores of Butterfly Beach, visitors are invited to view color-filled sunsets. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @lomograham

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Somm in Session

Cheers to “wine-ding” down on Wednesdays at Les Marchands. Photo Credit: Instagram @lesmarchandssb

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Always Fresh

Chef Rosner’s beautiful salads are always fresh, bright and tasty at Wine Cask. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @winecask

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Harbor Sunrise

Santa Barbara sunrises are always worth waking up for. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @margs_85

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Saturday Sips

Spend a winter weekend sipping cocktails, ocean-side at Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @sbkatieg

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July Events in Santa Barbara

A vacation that’s actually fun for the whole family is a rare thing indeed. Santa Barbara has loads of attractions and outdoor opportunities that will satisfy kids big and small. Photo Credit: Gabriela Herman

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Brophy Bros.

Dive into a locally sourced seafood platter at one of Santa Barbara’s many seafood restaurants. Photo Credit: Instagram @312food

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Santa Barbara Harbor

From sunrise to sunset, the Santa Barbara Harbor is an escape for your soul. Photo Credit: Instagram fan @lexibrookephotography

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Dining Alfresco

Soak up the sun a little longer when dining in the sunshine. Photo Credit: J. Sinclair

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Santa Barbara Farmers Market

Santa Barbara’s Farmers Market offers some of the freshest produce on the West Coast and an incredible selection of local goods.

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Night Lights of Stearns Wharf

The lights of Santa Barbara shine bright along the waterfront. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @luketyreephotography

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East Beach

Head to East Beach for a view of where the mountains meet the sea. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @gone_travelynn

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Yaowaraj Beef Noodle Soup

A new favorite at Empty Bowl Noodle in the Santa Barbara Public Market. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @emptybowlnoodle

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Health & Wellness

Wellness is easy when Santa Barbara is your backdrop. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @clairespiration

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Douglas Family Preserve at Sunrise

Admire the sunrise along the bluffs at Douglas Family Preserve. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @ShannonTBrooks

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A Camper’s View

It’s easy to be a happy camper with views like this. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @erikirelandolsen

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Vegetarian Asian Rice Salad

This mouth watering dish comes with a melange of wild mushrooms, toasted almonds, red peppers, carrots, zucchini, red and green cabbage, surrounded by fresh capri tomatoes, avocados and crispy wontons. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @opal_sb

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Cabrillo Blvd.

When you’re driving along Cabrillo Boulevard make sure to look both ways. Otherwise, you’ll miss backdrops like this. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @noahds

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Santa Maria BBQ

Central Coast cuisine at Barbareño in downtown Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @barbareno_sb

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Stearns Wharf

Need a gift for friends and family back home? Walk along Stearns Wharf to shop seaside merchants. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @gone_travelynn

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Brunch at Scarlett Begonia

There’s nothing better than going to Sunday brunch in Santa Barbara. Especially, when your food looks like this. Photo Credit: Instagram @312Food

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Zaca Mesa Winery

A picturesque setting for your next wine country experience. Photo Credit: zacamesawinery via Instagram

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Riding the Wave

Surfers catch a break at Hammonds Beach in Goleta. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @nicole.d.photos

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Stearns Wharf

Walk along the coast and under Stearns Wharf for a new Santa Barbara perspective. Photo Credit: Facebook Fan Steve Turner

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Steps at Mesa Lane

Let the steps at Mesa Lane lead you to beach front paradise that’s perfect for watching a sunset. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @_michelleguzman

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Water World

Along bustling Cabrillo Blvd, the waterfront is Santa Barbara’s greatest gathering place. Photo Credit: Gabriela Herman

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Farmer’s Market Fresh

Local produce is easy to find at these Santa Barbara Farmer’s Markets. Photo Credit: J. Sinclair

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Leadbetter Beach at Sunset

Sometimes, all you need is a perfect wave and a colorful sunset. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @scubawalker

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Activities Along the Waterfront

Here, palm trees bend in the breeze and hundreds of boats bob in the harbor. Uncover all of the possibilities of activities along the waterfront. Photo Credit: Mark Weber

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Golden Hour at Butterfly Beach

There’s not better hour than golden hour at area beaches in Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @gone_travelynn

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Santa Barbara Neighborhood Inns

Admire the iconic Spanish-style buildings and red-tiled roofs during your stay at one of Santa Barbara’s inns or bed and breakfasts. Photo Credit: Mark Weber

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Surf’s Up

During your next family vacation, treat the kids to surf or SUP or surf lessons at Butterfly Beach. Photo Credit: Gabriela Herman

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Sunset Surfing

Get the best seat in the house when surfing at sunset in Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram Fan @gone_travelynn

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Mural Room in the Santa Barbara Courthouse

The fantastic Spanish-Moorish style mural room in the Santa Barbara Courthouse delights the eye with exuberant displays of brilliant colored tiles and cinematic murals in some of its historic rooms. Photo Credit: Mark Weber

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