It’s not hard to convince people to attend meetings in Santa Barbara. The Mediterranean-like climate, rolling hills, pristine beaches, and small town with big city amenities make this an ideal, and highly desirable, destination for your next meeting.

First, there’s the ease of getting here. Santa Barbara is remarkably and conveniently accessible. Santa Barbara Airport offers multiple daily non-stop flights from seven major hubs, and the recently renovated airport is not just a thoroughfare; it’s where the Santa Barbara experience starts. Step off your plane and take a short walk through Spanish Colonial-themed hallways to the baggage claim—a quick stop before you step into the Santa Barbara sunshine.

Meeting planners love Santa Barbara for another reason: the abundance of lodging options. Choose from affordable motels, beachside hotels equipped with meeting space and boardrooms, and inclusive luxury resorts. It’s easy to find an option that accommodates your meeting needs, and your budget.

As a meeting destination, Santa Barbara distinguishes itself by being incredibly pedestrian-friendly—this is a welcome, walkable town that still offers the services, facilities, and conveniences of a big city. Visitors can bike, walk, or even take a water taxi or pedicab to their next destination. The vibrant downtown area is full of friendly restaurants, shopping districts, theaters, and nightlife, while the surrounding parks and beaches offer up unending outdoor adventure opportunities.

 Santa Barbara is a sophisticated destination for the five senses and best for groups who appreciate beauty and the good life. 

– HD, Meridican Incentive Consultants


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 Santa Barbara is a new era destination. With today’s trend to shorter, more exclusive retreats or incentives, it’s a place where you’re able to offer a cultured and exclusive program while still staying relatively close to home. Its proximity to Los Angeles, fantastic hotels, great restaurants and vineyards rank Santa Barbara near the top of our US destinations. 

– - LW, Cascadia Motivation Inc.


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Alternative Meeting Spaces

Perhaps the best part of hosting a meeting in Santa Barbara is the incredible diversity—and complete uniqueness—of meeting spaces. Learn more about the variety of non traditional meeting spaces available in Santa Barbara.

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