Open For Travel

The time has finally come! As of Friday June 12th at 8:00 a.m. the Santa Barbara South Coast is officially open for leisure travel. We thank you for your patience, and to repay you, we’re giving you the green light to come and explore all that The American Riviera has to offer. 

Our hotels and local business community have been hard at work preparing for your return, implementing operational and physical changes with your health and safety in mind. So, when you’re ready to take a social-distancing-friendly escape, you can rest easy knowing that the Santa Barbara South Coast will be the ultimate place for you and your loved ones to retreat. 


While Santa Barbara is ready to welcome you back, before traveling, you should be aware of the following important information:

When is the right time to visit Santa Barbara?

There are four key stages to Santa Barbara County’s reopening on the road back to “business as usual.” Santa Barbara County is currently in Stage 3 of the state’s plan for reopening. Leisure travel is now permitted, however there are still a few safety guidelines in place. We’ve prepared a new guide to help you be a healthy traveler in Santa Barbara and give you more peace of mind. 

What is currently open in Santa Barbara?*

  • Hotels, lodgings, and legal short-term rentals 
  • Restaurants with to-go, curbside or outdoor dining service
  • Wineries and wine tasting rooms with to-go, curbside or outdoor service
  • Bars, breweries, and brewpubs with to-go, curbside or outdoor dining service
  • Retail stores and shopping malls 
  • Museums and galleries with outdoor exhibits
  • Zoos and Aquariums with outdoor exhibits
  • Public beaches, bluffs, hiking trails and parks
  • All state park campgrounds 
  • Golf courses
  • Hair salons and barbershops 
  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Day spas, nail salons, and tattoo parlors
  • Santa Barbara Municipal Airport 
  • Amtrak trains
  • Roads and highways 

*Please check with individual businesses to confirm business hours, available services, and individual guidelines.

What is currently closed in Santa Barbara?

  • Theatres and performance venues
  • Nightclubs
  • Public play structures and exercise equipment
  • Ice skating rinks
  • Some events through early August, including sporting events and shows at theatres, are canceled or have been rescheduled, due to the state order prohibiting large gatherings. Click here to find a list of festivals to plan for in 2020 and 2021.
  • Santa Barbara Airbus has temporarily suspended service.

How can I prepare for a trip to Santa Barbara?

To best prepare for your upcoming getaway to Santa Barbara, there are few things you can do:

Start Planning

Know the Basics of Responsible Travel

  • Per Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health, all individuals over the age of three are required to wear a face mask when inside of, in line to enter, or when conducting business through a car window or walk-up counter with any businesses including but not limited to restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, supermarkets, laundromats, pharmacies, and government agencies. Additionally, a face mask must be worn when in line for and while using public transportation, a private car service, or a ride-sharing vehicle.
  • Please keep your distance and remain 6 feet apart at all times. 
  • When traveling on State Street in Downtown Santa Barbara between Haley and Sola blocks, vehicular traffic has been restricted. Please use the street for walking and use caution, as many restaurants have expanded service onto the sidewalks and streets. Bikes should proceed slowly. 

Follow Healthy Travel Practices

  • The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC) have advised travelers throughout the world to follow best-health practices any time when traveling, including:
    • Stay home if you are sick
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick
    • Wash hands often
    • Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
    • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

Need more information on Coronavirus and travel?

Please note that worldwide and throughout the U.S., conditions around COVID-19 are rapidly evolving.

Last updated: 7/6/20 @ 8:30 a.m.