Santa Barbara, CA

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Santa Barbara showing theater scenes, night scenes and signage
The American Riviera offers historic adobe architecture, plenty of art galleries, wineries and beautiful beaches. 

Santa Barbara is famous for its expensive hotels, large mansions and trendy boutiques, but it also has beautiful beaches and many museums and festivals dedicated to celebrating the city’s past.

Be sure to visit Santa Barbara’s picture-perfect beaches. Lie on the soft sand and read a book, or grab a board and hit the surf. Conditions are great for beginners, but on the right day there are some good breaks for those of all skill levels. 

Marvel at the Franciscan–Spanish architecture of the old Santa Barbara Mission. You’ll find artifacts and documents from old missionaries, a still-operating chapel, and the mission’s impressive and well-kept grounds. For more old architecture, visit the adobe Rafael Gonzalez house or the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Head up the bell tower for great views of the surrounding area. History buffs will also want to check out the Presidio of Santa Barbara, a Spanish fortress from the 1780s. 

Learn how modern-day Santa Barbara came about as you wander through the exhibits at the city’s Historical Museum. For a look at the evolution of plant and wildlife in the area and beyond, spend some time at the Museum of Natural History. 

Art lovers will enjoy the city’s excellent institutions. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has an extensive collection of European, American and Asian art, and plays host to some world-class exhibitions. For a look at more recent works, wander over to the Contemporary Arts Forum. This gallery is artist-run and funded, and is dedicated to exhibiting the highest-quality work in the region. 

To enjoy other local products, organize a tour of the region’s wineries. 

Santa Barbara enjoys the sophisticated charm of a much larger city but maintains a quaint, friendly atmosphere. Throw in a fascinating history, loads of cultural activities and excellent beaches, and it’s not hard to see why it attracts visitors from around the world.

Where to stay in Santa Barbara

Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
2.5 out of 5
128 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
The price is NT$5,632 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this motel in Santa Barbara. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (687 reviews)
"The rooms were very nice and centrally located close to the water!"

Reviewed on 2022/8/3

Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
Hyatt Place Santa Barbara
Hyatt Place Santa Barbara
3.5 out of 5
4111 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93110
The price is NT$8,055 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Santa Barbara. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4/5 Very Good! (689 reviews)
"Ok"

Reviewed on 2022/8/4

Hyatt Place Santa Barbara
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
4 out of 5
633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA, 93103
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$8,773 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 8
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Santa Barbara. Enjoy 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,104 reviews)
"Overall this place was excellent. Great location. Had the large ocean view front balcony suite in the 300 section. Staff was very courteous and accommodating. However for the amount paid for the suite, cleanliness gets an easy 2 thumbs down. Pros guests leftover food still in the fridge. This leads ..."

Reviewed on 2022/8/1

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
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Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort
Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort
2 out of 5
3750 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105
The price is NT$5,989 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 11
Stay at this family-friendly cabin in Santa Barbara. Enjoy free parking, 2 outdoor pools, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (66 reviews)
"The property is well kept, cabins are clean stocked with kitchen ware and bathroom amenities. We enjoyed horseback riding, however it is very difficult to get a hold of the stable the weeks before going or while on campus to make a reservation. It should be online to book the ride and sign waivers ..."

Reviewed on 2022/4/17

Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort
Tide Pool Villas
Tide Pool Villas
4.5 out of 5
26 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
The price is NT$9,457 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 10
Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Santa Barbara Bowl and Stearns Wharf are located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews ...
Tide Pool Villas
Sandy Feet Retreat
Sandy Feet Retreat
3.5 out of 5
1621 Posilipo Ln, Santa Barbara, CA, 93108
Stay at this 3.5-star vacation home in Santa Barbara. Enjoy free parking, barbecue grills, and a TV. Popular attractions Santa Barbara Bowl and Butterfly Beach ...
Sandy Feet Retreat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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