4 Reasons to Make Santa Barbara Your Next Vacation Destination


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Just 90 miles of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is the perfect laid-back vacation destination. Off Highway One and nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific, the “America Riviera” boasts perfect weather year-round. This California city has something for everyone. Read on for a few perfect excuses to book your flight ASAP.


The Food Scene is Amazing
Santa Barbara’s food scene is on the rise. Check out The Lark for a one-of-a-kind dining experience you’ll want to tell all of your friends about. The dishes are served family style and the menu is seasonal. Everything is very thoughtfully paired, and they’re always on top of the latest food trends. The design is impressive with an outdoor seating area surrounded by bathtub planters and a chain wall filled with succulents entirely upcycled from an old military base. Inside, you can reserve to sit in a 750 year old confessional flown in from France. Check out the Scarlett Begonia for brunch with cocktails, and C’est Cheese for a quick (but delicious) specialty grilled cheese.


Wine Tasting
Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail has all the fun of wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma without the driving. This walkable tour is just a few blocks from the beach and features wine grown all over the county. At Santa Barbara Winery you can nab 6 tastings for only $10—and you get to keep the glass. Not into wine? Check out the newest brewery in town, Pure Order Brewing. With giant Jenga and an outdoor seating area, this brewery is kid friendly.

The Shopping Scene
If you have a shopper in your family, Santa Barbara won’t disappoint. State Street has all of the big chains and a few local gems too. Looking for a gift for the friends you left at home? Check out Isabella Gourmet Foods. She stocks products from local businesses, including speciality popcorn, hot sauce, and chocolate.

For a higher-end experience, check out the boutiques like Whistle Club in Montecito. Oprah calls this tiny town next to Santa Barbara home, so you might even spot the superstar.


Water Sports, Hiking and Biking
The outdoorsman in your group will rejoice! Santa Barbara’s perfect weather makes water sports, hiking, and biking possible year round. Head to the pier to rent a kayak or make the more ambitious treck to Channel Islands National Park.  There’s also the opportunity in town to surf, sail, paddle board, and even hang glide.

It’s easy to rent a bike on the beach, and several hiking trails in the Santa Ynez Mountains provide some pretty spectacular views. You could plan a trip to Santa Barbara for the outdoor activities alone.


If you’re looking for less hustle and bustle than San Francisco or LA, Santa Barbara is the spot. The beaches, mountains, food, wine, and shopping make it tough to beat and the sunsets are among the best on the planet. Book a flight into their small and charming airport or LAX and take a bus or rent a car. You won’t regret a trip to this vacation destination.


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