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Explore Santa Barbara

What's Santa Barbara like?

People go to Santa Barbara to soak up the sun at Goleta Beach and to enjoy the many top attractions like Santa Barbara Zoo. Travellers also like this walkable city's sea views and restaurants. Have a relaxing day at Santa Barbara Botanical Garden and Lotusland. Popular sights like Presidio Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Museum of Art are sure to leave an impression.

Where are the best places to stay in Santa Barbara?

We have 334 Santa Barbara accommodation options with prices starting at GBP 35. Choose one of our 345 deals and get discounts of up to 50%.

Below are the number of accommodation options by star rating in Santa Barbara and the surrounding area:

  • • 10 5-star accommodation from GBP 211 per night
  • • 62 4-star accommodation from GBP 97 per night
  • • 81 3-star accommodation from GBP 63 per night
  • • 31 2-star accommodation from GBP 41 per night

How to get to Santa Barbara

What are the closest airports to Santa Barbara?

  • • Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), 7.8 mi (12.6 km) from central Santa Barbara
  • • Santa Ynez, CA (SQA), 25 mi (40.3 km) from central Santa Barbara

Things to see and do in Santa Barbara

What is there to see in Santa Barbara?

  • • Presidio Santa Barbara
  • • Santa Barbara County Courthouse
  • • Mission Santa Barbara
  • • Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
  • • Lotusland

What is there to do in Santa Barbara?

  • • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • • Santa Barbara Natural History Museum
  • • Santa Barbara Zoo
  • • Santa Barbara Bowl
  • • Upper State Street

Other popular Santa Barbara attractions

  • • Los Padres National Forest
  • • Stearns Wharf
  • • Goleta Beach
  • • Lobero Theater
  • • Arlington Theater

When is the best time to visit Santa Barbara?

  • • Hottest months: September, August, July, October (average 23°C)
  • • Coldest months: December, January, November, February (average 5°C)
  • • Rainiest months: February, January, March and December (average 86.25 inches of rainfall)

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