Along the scenic shores of California's central coast lies Santa Barbara County, a beautiful vacation destination nestled between the mountains and an endless stretch of golden beach. Santa Barbara is known for its long summers, its mission history, and its rich, rolling, vineyard covered hills. Every year, thousands of visitors come here for romantic Santa Barbara getaways and family vacations. Instead of booking a cramped hotel room in Santa Barbara, stay in a vacation rental.
While you are here, go on a culinary or winery tour, take a horse drawn carriage ride, visit local art galleries and museums, and spend an afternoon relaxing in a luxury spa. Be sure to save some time for sailing, surfing, or hiking through Santa Barbara's coastal nature preserves too. You can also enjoy Santa Barbara camping and rock climbing, or go fishing and grill the day's catch on the private deck of your vacation rental for your family and friends.
Here are a few additional suggestions for your trip:
-Go whale watching: Santa Barbara is an excellent place to join a boat tour and experience close encounters with grey whales or humpback whales depending on the season.
-Visit the Santa Barbara Mission: Take a tour and learn more about California's mission history at this beautifully preserved site and surrounding gardens.
-Go hiking in Nojoqui Falls County Park: Lace on your hiking boots or rent a bicycle, then pack a picnic lunch and head for the winding green trails of this popular park.
-Visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Art: Established in 1941, this popular museum houses a diverse variety of exhibits plus a special gallery for children.
-Visit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum: Take a ship tour, experience the many exhibits documenting California's maritime history, or see a show in the high definition at Munger Theater.
-Explore Lotusland: Once the estate of an opera singer and socialite, this 37-acre botanical garden houses a brilliant variety of native, exotic, and endangered species.
Santa Barbara lies in the heart of California's central coast paradise, and offers fun, exciting, and relaxing activities for every member of the family. Come here to explore, reconnect, and make lasting vacation memories. While you're here, consider taking day trips to nearby destinations like Monterey and Los Angeles.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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