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An attractive Mediterranean-style sprawl of white stucco and red tiles, sunny Santa Barbara resides between the glittering Pacific coast and the dramatic Santa Ynez Mountains. Blessed with an immaculate year-round climate, it’s a city of fine dining, exclusive shopping, the arts, and award-winning wineries. Add to that picture perfect beaches and the sprawling wilderness of nearby Los Padres Forest, and it’s fair to say “The American Riviera” offers the best of California – in one pretty package.

Things to see

A dazzlingly white building surrounded by lush green grounds, Santa Barbara County Courthouse is the grandest example of the city’s Spanish Colonial architecture. Originally completed in 1929, visitors can take elevators to the top of the 85 foot tall clock tower, which offers panoramic views over the city. A historic pier gently bustling with tourists and locals alike, Stearns Wharf is a serene spot to fish, dine, or simply admire the ocean view. The sea breeze carries tantalizing food smells from the resident restaurants, which serve up everything from juicy steaks to freshly caught seafood, whilst a scattering of shops provide plenty of scope for souvenir hunters. For seasoned shopaholics, a saunter through Paseo Nuevo Mall offers a stylish fashion fix. Adorned with Mediterranean-style courtyards and bubbling fountains, the open-air complex is home to over 50 specialty stores, along with fine restaurants and the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.

Hotels in Santa Barbara

Whether you’re after a simple sleepover or something altogether more indulgent, the hotels in Santa Barbara offer plenty of choice. You can bliss out to the sound of the ocean in a beach hotel, enjoy endless pampering in a luxury spa retreat, cozy up in a flowery guesthouse, or shack up in style at a chain name favorite. Many of the larger digs boast onsite restaurants, swimming pools, and business centers, whilst rooms offer everything from Cable TV to pillow menus. Whilst there’s not many cheap hotels in Santa Barbara, there are several inns and motels that offer a more budget-friendly stay.

Where to stay

Laden with Spanish Revival architecture, palm trees, and flowers, Downtown Santa Barbara sets an elegant scene for both blissfully lazy days and stylish nighttime revelry. Alongside a myriad of glossy boutiques and gourmet restaurants, you’ll find no shortage of museums, galleries, and theaters when you’re in the mood for a little culture. If you’re primarily here for the sun, sea, and sand however, a hotel in Santa Barbara’s East Beach or West Beach would be a safe bet. Separated by Stearns Wharf, most hotels in these areas are situated on Cabrillo Boulevard – just opposite the good stuff, but still within good reach of downtown’s many lures too.

How to get to Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara’s main gateway is Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, situated a convenient 7 miles from the city’s downtown core. It offers a handful of domestic services, with scheduled flights to Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle. When you’ve arrived you can get into the city by taxi or bus, with the Route 11 service providing a link into downtown in just a few minutes. Santa Barbara is also reachable via the Amtrak train and the Greyhound coach, with terminals located adjacent to one another in downtown.

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