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Santa Barbara overview

Santa Barbara is special for its beaches, museums, and parks, and known for its historical sites and shops. You'll enjoy the ample cheese and coffee options, along with outdoor areas for biking and walking. Learn about local heritage at popular landmarks in the area like Presidio Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Popular attractions like Mission Santa Barbara and University of California-Santa Barbara are sure to leave an impression. Whatever you're into, Santa Barbara has something for you.

Where to stay in Santa Barbara

With a wide assortment of lodging choices to choose from, Santa Barbara has options to suit everyone's style. There are 123 hotels in the Santa Barbara area and you can shop as many as 41 deals for rooms on Hotels.com, some with discounts of up to 43%.
  • • 35 2-star hotels with an average price of $64 per night
  • • 52 3-star hotels with an average price of $103 per night
  • • 25 4-star hotels with an average price of $149 per night
  • • 6 5-star hotels with an average price of $349 per night

Here are the top hotels based on 34642 user reviews of Santa Barbara hotels:
  • • Simpson House Inn (Downtown Santa Barbara)
  • • Spanish Garden Inn (Downtown Santa Barbara)
  • • Belmond El Encanto (Downtown Santa Barbara)
  • • Cheshire Cat Inn (Downtown Santa Barbara)
  • • San Ysidro Ranch (Montecito)

How to get to Santa Barbara

Fly in to Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), 7.8 mi (12.6 km) from downtown Santa Barbara. Oxnard, CA (OXR) is the next closest major airport, 31.9 mi (51.4 km) away. Santa Barbara Station is the closest train station.

What to see around Santa Barbara

The area's local highlights include its museums and places like:
  • • Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
  • • Santa Barbara Historical Museum
  • • Susan Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Museum
  • • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • • Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
Its beaches and parks are well known, and favorite spots for nature lovers include:
  • • El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park
  • • Moreton Bay Fig Tree
  • • Alameda Park
  • • Alice Keck Memorial Garden
  • • Chase Palm Park
For those looking for a souvenir or simply window-shopping, here are some favorite shopping areas to visit:
  • • Paseo Nuevo Mall
  • • La Arcada
  • • La Cumbre Plaza
Some top sights in the area include:
  • • Presidio Santa Barbara
  • • Santa Barbara County Courthouse
  • • Mission Santa Barbara
  • • University of California-Santa Barbara
  • • Santa Barbara Natural History Museum

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