Insider Tips to Santa Barbara
Are you visiting Santa Barbara for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do besides hanging out at UC Santa Barbara.
When I have a visitor from out of town, I take them to the beach! East Beach is great for stand-up paddle boarding, Hendry’s Beach is dog-friendly, and Butterfly Beach, in front of the Biltmore, is a great people-watching beach.
The Rose Garden in front of the Santa Barbara Mission is a quiet place to escape and be alone with your thoughts.
Where to eat in Santa Barbara
If you are looking for typical Santa Barbara cuisine, take a stroll on the waterfront and stop for oysters at Brophy’s or lunch on the patio at Chuck’s Waterfront Grill.
Go to La Super Rica Taqueria for Santa Barbara food on the cheap.
The Wine Cask is where to dine in Santa Barbara if you have deep pockets.
Jeannine’s Restaurant is an institution in Santa Barbara, having been around for 25 years. Both Jeannine’s and Renaud’s are your best bets for breakfast and good coffee.
Roy’s is the spot for late night dining.
Things to Do in Santa Barbara
For great people watching, check out the Summer Solstice Parade.
In Santa Barbara, outdoor enthusiasts will want to hike, bike, horseback ride or head to the beach. There is plenty to keep you busy here.
Looking for a little exercise? Walk along the Waterfront /Cabrillo Blvd. or down State Street to the beach.
If you are a museum lover, visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
In Santa Barbara, take your picture at Inspiration Point. There are plenty of places for great hikes in Santa Barbara.
Old Spanish Days Fiesta is a great place to learn about Santa Barbara’s local culture.
Wine lovers will want to attend the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival in April.
Shake your booty in Santa Barbara
Enjoy a night out on the town? For a night of dancing in Santa Barbara, go to EOS Lounge or the Wildcat Lounge.
The Santa Barbara Independent will keep you posted on what’s happening in this California beach town.
Insider Tip: Check out the often over-looked Santa Barbara Botanic Garden for a look at California’s native plants and try the Santa Barbara Wildflower Honey while you are there.
Just outside of Santa Barbara you can visit Carpinteria or Solvang.
The best way to see Santa Barbara is to take a City Tour.
Don’t miss the Santa Barbara Zoo, Museum of Natural History, or the Maritime Museum if you have kids traveling with you.
What are your favorite things to do in Santa Barbara, California?
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Thanks to Jennifer Guess and the Santa Barbara Convention & Visitors Bureau for assistance with this post. Article by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown.
Photo credit of Santa Barbara Mission interior via Kevin Cole flickr. Santa Barbara Summer Solstice photo from website and Santa Barbara Summer Solstice dancers photo courtesy of Cathy Berry.