Beachfront Hotels

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If you’re longing for sweeping coastal views, calming ocean breezes and front row seats to some of the best sunrises and sunsets the world has ever seen, you’ve come to the right place.

While there are numerous resorts and hotels scattered throughout the Santa Barbara South Coast that you would love to call home, we’ve compiled a list of Santa Barbara beach hotels that place you seconds away from sinking your toes in the sand.

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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Located on a golden stretch of California coastline, Bacara Resort & Spa is a dream come true for travelers who are looking to feel refreshed and revitalized. Spend an afternoon at the Spa, enjoy a cocktail overlooking the Pacific, or order breakfast in bed. You’re on vacation; this is the time to treat yourself to something special, and The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara exceeds expectations. Learn More

Beachside Inn

Located along the popular Cabrillo Blvd., Best Western Beachside Inn is an ideal location for budget-conscious travelers. Just minutes from both State Street and the Santa Barbara Harbor, we’d suggest waking up early and watching the fishermen unload their morning catches. Then grab to-go breakfast burritos from On The Alley. You can spend the rest of your morning walking along and enjoying breakfast at Leadbetter Beach. Learn More

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Cabrillo Inn at the Beach

Another lodging option for great rates on your home away from home is Cabrillo Inn at the Beach. This hotel delivers affordable pricing, without sacrificing on location. In fact, a few of their amenities include free parking, Wi-Fi and breakfast. Because of its prime location, start your day with a walk to the Santa Barbara Zoo, then venture for a stroll along the Waterfront and to Stearns Wharf. Once there, shopping, seafood and sightseeing are in store. Learn More

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Harbor View Inn

First time visitors to Santa Barbara love staying at this centrally located property. Not only does Harbor View Inn deliver on oceanfront views, but it’s also ideally situated on the corner of State Street and Cabrillo Blvd., making it effortless to uncover all that Santa Barbara has to offer. Learn More

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Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Sprawling relaxation is what you’ll find at this oceanfront property. Located along Cabrillo Blvd., take the stress out of traveling and find yourself mere minutes from all of Santa Barbara’s top downtown attractions. The Santa Barbara Zoo, East Beach, Stearns Wharf, the Funk Zone and more are all within a short walk.

If you’d prefer to settle into your hotel before exploring, get a taste of Santa Barbara County wines right in the lobby. Welcome the start of your vacation at the Fess Parker wine tasting room. Learn More

Hotel Californian

How does breakfast in bed with a seaside view of Stearns Wharf sound? Hotel Californian guests are offered the best of both worlds with luxurious oceanfront accommodations for you and a visual feast for your Instagram followers. Floor-to-ceiling, this landmark hotel is a breathtaking mix of California Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and stylish, Moorish-themed interior designs by celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

If you’re a frequent visitor, see Santa Barbara atop a new vantage point at Hotel Californian’s stunning rooftop. With its proximity to the Waterfront and Funk Zone, guests are treated to 360-degree views of what makes The American Riviera® the quintessential California destination. Learn More

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Hotel Milo

 Spend your time in paradise, experiencing quintessential Santa Barbara at this charming property. Not only will you fall in love with Hotel Milo and it’s proximity across the street from West Beach, so will your pets! Hotel Milo welcomes all members of the family with open arms and paws.

While Hotel Milo offers many amenities to choose from, one of our favorites is the complimentary bike rentals. You can opt to walk around downtown Santa Barbara, but cover more ground, looking cute while doing so, on a picture-perfect beach cruiser. Learn More

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Mar Monte Hotel

This Mediterranean-style hotel oozes tranquility and relaxation. Indulge in a spa treatment or go for a sunset beach walk. Located just steps away from Santa Barbara’s famed East beach, Mar Monte Hotel encourages you to sit back, kick off your shoes and stick your toes in the sand. Learn More

Rosewood Miramar Beach

Spanning the pristine sandy shores of Miramar Beach in Montecito, the 124-room and 37-suite resort is an ideal getaway for luxurious relaxation and unparalleled service. Dine on elevated Southern Italian cuisine at Caruso’s, and rejuvenate with a private yoga class and sea salt body scrub at Sense® spa. The exquisite oceanfront property offers the experience of a lifetime. Learn More

Santa Barbara Inn

Style and comfort are calling at Santa Barbara Inn. Awake to complimentary breakfast before strolling Santa Barbara’s East Beach. If you’re up for a game or two of volleyball, beachside courts are just across the street and serve up an afternoon of fun in the sun.

Later in the evening, be sure to dine at Convivo, the hotel’s signature dining option. Influenced by the local bounty, you can’t go wrong with ordering any of the Italian-inspired seafood options. Learn More

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West Beach Inn

Directly across the beach from sparkling beaches and the Santa Barbara Harbor, your Santa Barbara vacation includes the perfect mix of relaxation and outdoor adventure at West Beach Inn. And, while we believe every hour in Santa Barbara is a happy one, West Beach Inn takes it one step further and offers a complimentary wine and cheese happy hour each evening. Learn More

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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Set against a backdrop of golden beaches and lush mountains, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara embodies the charm, beauty, and energy of the Mediterranean in the heart of Santa Barbara. The iconic Central California resort spans 78 acres…

Beachside Inn

Welcome to the newly independent Beachside Inn! With its ideal oceanfront location in Santa Barbara, CA, our hotel is sure to provide a peaceful and comforting home away from home for any traveler. Enjoy every modern convenience with the…

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

AAA Four Diamond Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort is ideally situated on California’s Central Coastline and steps away from pristine beaches. Inspired by Santa Barbara’s quintessential personality, the 24-acre resort offers 337 guest rooms…

Harbor View Inn

Welcome to Santa Barbara’s premier beachfront hotel. Our family-friendly 4-Diamond resort provides all of the services you need to experience the best for your Santa Barbara vacation. Whether you are looking for a romantic retreat, a memorable…

Hotel Californian

Hotel Californian, Santa Barbara's premier urban destination, continues to redefine luxury in the American Riviera. Featuring dazzling spaces from celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the 121-room iconoclastic enclave - part history,…

Mar Monte Hotel

Steps from the beach, our hotel is your home away from home, impeccably crafted for the modern traveler. Our devotion to good food, great cocktails and making memories is what makes Mar Monte Hotel special. Fall asleep to the rhythm of the coast…

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara

With magnificent views, traditional Spanish-style architecture, and a beautiful courtyard with outdoor pools and gardens, Hotel Milo Santa Barbara truly reflects Santa Barbara’s rich colonial history and affords guests access to the best of…

Santa Barbara Inn

The Santa Barbara Inn is a boutique hotel at East Beach in Santa Barbara, known as The American Riviera®.  Nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, we are just steps from East Beach, Santa Barbara’s…

West Beach Inn

The West Beach Inn is one of several beachfront hotels in the city, located between the Marina and Stern's Wharf, the most popular destination in Santa Barbara. All rates include a deluxe continental breakfast, evening wine and cheese, and…

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