"A-list Heavenly Santa Barbara" Santa Barbara by trvlnurse

Santa Barbara Travel Guide: 661 reviews and 1,220 photos


This coastal town and surrounding areas offer most any type of beach one can imagine. Surfing, bike trails, dog friendly beaches, state parks, volley ball, and eateries are just a sample of the coastal attractions.

Santa Barbara Beaches:
Arroyo Burro Beach ( beachside restaurant, showers and dressing rooms. Popular place to walk dogs.)

The Breakwater and Yacht Harbor (yacht club, restaurants, tackle and gift store, boats for rent or charter, and the Fisherman's Market)

East Beach (16 volleyball courts, playground and patio cafe).

Leadbetter Beach (scenic, outdoor restaurant, volleyball courts and showers)

Stearns Wharf (Shops, restaurants, wine tasting, harbor and coastal cruises, whale-watching trips, para-sailing, pier fishing )

West Beach (beach rentals, shops, restaurants and a bike path, outdoor wading pool, and lap pool).

Surrounding area beaches:

El Capitan State Beach
Gaviota State Beach Park
Goleta Beach (stinky!)
Refugio State Beach ( Scenic coastal park lined with palms, camping ) Rincon Beach (Surfers fave) Butterfly Beach
Carpinteria State Beach


There are so many impressive acts of nature and man in Santa Barbara it is hard to decide which is the best but it is a fair toss- up between the beaches, the variety of palms, the wildlife, the architecture, the mountains, and the ocean views,


The sunsets in Santa Barbara occur behind the mountains. Santa Barbara always does things amazingly different.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Picturesque, great weather, mountains and the sea- Plenty to do for such a small community
  • Cons:Don't drink the water
  • In a nutshell:Nature's finest artistry
  • Last visit to Santa Barbara: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated Oct 20, 2004
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  • Birsen's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2005 at 5:28 AM

    Hi Kimberly, I have been in Santa Barbara 2 years ago and I loved it! Absolute beauty. Enjoy your life there with health and happiness! Great pictures and tips by the way :))

  • VinTolucci's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2005 at 2:07 PM

    Nice intro to your pages. How I miss California.

  • Scandic's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2005 at 1:32 AM

    Your pages ar eabsolutely gorgeous. I wish I could visit Santa Barbara soon again. Solvan was a nice experience too, felt like 'home' there;) Lovely pages you have done. Thanks a lot.

  • Dec 23, 2004 at 4:26 PM

    Great picks on the two restaurants! They are less tourist heavy, have good food and great locals for a walk after your meal.

  • IceBear7's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2004 at 5:28 AM

    can't believe I will see all this next week :-) great page!!

  • Aug 20, 2004 at 4:43 AM

    cant wait to visit!! thanks

  • talmid's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2004 at 12:02 AM

    It seems Santa Barbara is a place to see sunsets...and more!

  • jennykp's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2004 at 11:52 AM

    Great sunset pictures!! Amazing.. Your santa barbara page is great. Happy travels.. : )

  • pedersdottir's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2004 at 4:13 PM

    Good intro to a place we hope to visit this summer!

  • meteorologist1's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2004 at 7:03 AM

    Great Santa Barbara page! I actually saw the Ostrich Farm too on the way to Solvang!


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