10 Things to See and Do in Santa Barbara

10 Things to See and Do in Santa Barbara

Spectacular mountains, sparkling blue ocean, gorgeous landscapes, and sunny weather all year round are just a handle of incredible things that make Santa Barbara so wonderful and majestic. Home to artists, wine makers, chefs and brewers who look to stretch their imaginations and create something different; this city is truly a melting pot of culture. From the Urban Wine Trail that offers 22 wine tasting rooms two blocks from the beach to the world’s safest beach to a working wharf that offers fresh seafood; this city offers endless possibilities of things to see and do. Lounge on the pristine Butterfly Beach in Montecito and celebrity watch or kayak around the sea caves through the Channel Islands. Here are our top ten things to see and do in the lovely city of Santa Barbara.

10. Head to Channel Islands

The National Park that encompasses the five remarkable islands and the ocean environment surrounding them is a stunning and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore. Channel Islands are home to incredible wildlife, beautiful flora and cultural history. All five islands are open to visitors but not all are easy to get to and we highly suggest researching the islands before you go as there are no services available on the islands and you must bring in your own food and water.

A popular activity here is sea kayaking and most outfitters offer tours which include ferry tickets, equipment, snorkeling gear, knowledgeable guides and education on the natural history. It can be argued the best place to sea kayak is through the sea caves at Scorpion Anchorage and around the Santa Cruz Island. Multiple day tours can be arranged and include many areas around the islands that are only accessible by kayak or canoe.  The islands are all different and unique in their own ways and if you are prepared to camp for a few days this is one experience that you will not forget. Riveting beauty and tranquility await you in the Channel Islands.

Channel Islands National Park California

9. Spot the Stars in Montecito

The lush intimate village of Montecito is located a short drive or bike ride just outside the city limits of Santa Barbara. It’s a place where billionaires are just regular folks and celebrities are the norm. One of the wealthiest places in the entire nation it is not likely you will be spending an entire week here but this village is a great day trip to explore the beautiful hotels, beaches and taste some of the finest foods. If you decide to treat yourself to a night here we highly recommend staying at the Four Seasons Biltmore or the Montecito Inn that was built for none other than Charlie Chaplin.

Boasting one of the best coastlines in the country; Montecito has no shortage of beautiful beaches. Head to Butterfly Beach where sparkling calm waters and warm sand create the perfect place to relax and unwind. Miramar Beach is another popular beach with its beach houses lining the curved sand. Tide pools provide endless hours of fun and the waves are perfect for boogie boarding. Grab a bite to eat on one of the many outdoor patios where award-winning chefs come to dazzle the locals and visitors with innovative cuisine. Just remember; this area is home to many stars that come here for privacy and appreciate the space visitors give them.

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