Consider yourself warned — Santa Barbara has wanderlust written all over it. And once you set foot in this fair city, you’ll want to come back again and again.
Enjoy Santa Barbara’s year-round, Mediterranean-style weather on sandy beaches. Follow the bike path that parallels the ocean and stretches from one beach to the next. And when you’ve found the perfect landing spot, drop your bags and go for a dip in moderate temperature waters. Fancy something a bit sportier? Head out toward the Santa Barbara Channel on a stand-up paddleboard or kayak. Across the harbor, visit Stearns Wharf, where you can go wine tasting in the only wine bar that sits over the ocean where you might just catch a glimpse of dolphins playing in the water.
Wander the streets of uptown and downtown Santa Barbara, where you’ll find boutiques, trusted name-brand stores, locally owned restaurants and cafés, and a generous dose of culture. Stroll through one of California’s oldest outdoor arcades, Paseo de la Guerra. Spend a day of refinement in art museums and galleries. Discover the rich history of the Presidio Neighborhood and visit one of Santa Barbara’s oldest original homes in Casa de la Guerra. At night, be entertained under the stars with a concert performance at the Santa Barbara Bowl, located at the base of The American Riviera® or catch a live theater show at Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic.
Visit The Funk Zone, a storied area located between the Pacific Ocean and Highway 101 that is home to artisanal restaurants, wine-tasting rooms, award-winning craft breweries, distilleries in renovated warehouses, and tucked-away galleries. This area is also serves as the epicenter of the Urban Wine Trail — a self-guided trail of 20+ tasting rooms pouring Santa Barbara County wines, which makes getting to know our wine country fun and easy.
From foodie joints in The Funk Zone to historic streets in the Presidio to irresistible storefronts on State Street, explore Santa Barbara’s beautiful, eclectic neighborhoods and get ready to be wowed.