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1 East Beach
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Rank: 1 About 34

The white sand of East Beach in Santa Barbara, California seems to extend endlessly in each direction and is a stunning contrast against the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.  The many tourist hotels in Santa Barbara...

Reviewed by: Gabrielle
Address: 1400 Cabrillo Boulevard
Type: Beaches


2 Elings Park
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Rank: 2 About 34

Elings Park is a recreational facility in Santa Barbara, California that is always brimming with activity.  Located at 1298 Las Positas Road, this park is 230 acres of...

Reviewed by: Carl
Address: 1298 Las Positas Road
Type: Parks and gardens


3 Shoreline Park
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Rank: 3 About 34

Shoreline Park is a long tapered ocean side park in Santa Barbara which offers all with amazing view of the harbor, the mountains and the Islands. Here, there are parking and picnic...

Reviewed by: Ekaja
Type: Parks and gardens


4 Butterfly Beach
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Rank: 4 About 34

Known for its breathtaking sunsets, Butterfly Beach is considered to be among the most beautiful beaches in Santa Barbara, California.  Featuring flawless white sand, iridescent sapphire water and those iconic...

Reviewed by: Carl
Address: Channel Drive
Type: Beaches


5 Isla Vista
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Rank: 5 About 34

The beachside community of Isla Vista in Santa Barbara, California is brimming with youth and energy.  Because of its proximity to the University of California, Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College,...

Reviewed by: Gabrielle
Type: Streets, Squares and Neighbourhoods


6 Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
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Rank: 6 About 34

The Santa Barbara Zoo might not be among the biggest zoos in the country, but it has the reputation of being one of the nation’s best small zoos.  Located at 500...

Reviewed by: Gabrielle
Address: 500 Ninos Drive
Type: Parks and gardens


7 Stearns Wharf
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Rank: 7 About 34

Get a taste of history and coastal fun at California’s oldest working wharf. Stearn’s Wharf in Santa Barbara, California dates back to 1872 and provides a breathtaking proximity to the...

Reviewed by: Gabrielle
Address: 219 Stearns Wharf
Type: Landmarks and Historic sites


8 Santa Barbara Mission
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Rank: 8 About 34

The Santa Barbara Mission was established on the feast of Saint Barbara in 1786. It was the tenth of the twenty one California Missions which was founded by the Spanish Franciscans. More than 200 years later, the mission...

Reviewed by: Laalamani
Address: 2201 Laguna Street
Type: Landmarks and Historic sites


9 Arroyo Burro Beach: Pet Paradise
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Rank: 9 About 34

At first glance, Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara, California might appear more like a dog park than a beach. Located at 2981 Cliff Drive, Arroyo Burro is known amongst locals as the ideal spot to bring your pup to frolic...

Reviewed by: Gabrielle
Address: 2981 Cliff Drive
Type: Beaches


10 Parma Park
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Rank: 10 About 34

If you are looking for a completely  authentic and natural hiking or earthly experience in Santa Barbara, California, Parma Park is the your desired destination. Nestled into the foothills on Stanwood Drive, this park...

Reviewed by: Carl
Address: Standwood Drive
Type: Parks and gardens


11 Refugio Beach
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Rank: 11 About 34

Refugio Beach in Santa Barbara, California is a unique combination of the recreational splendor of a state park and the relaxation and beauty of a beach. Located about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara at 10 Refugio Beach Road,...

Reviewed by: Carl
Address: 10 Refugio Beach Road
Type: Beaches


12 San Antonio Canyon Park
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Rank: 12 About 34

San Antonio Canyon Park is an impressively spacious park located at 805 San Antonio Creek Road in Santa Barbara, California. This park is known among Santa Barbara locals by the nickname of Tuckers Grove Park...

Reviewed by: Carl
Address: 805 San Antonio Creek Road
Type: Parks and gardens


13 La Cumbre Plaza
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Rank: 13 About 34

When it comes to shopping, there are shopping complexes and then there are high-end complexes. La Cumbre Plaza shopping center in Santa Barbara, California is a premier shopping...

Reviewed by: Gabrielle
Address: 121 South Hope Avenue
Type: Stores and shopping malls


14 Paseo Nuevo
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Rank: 14 About 34

Santa Barbara, California might be most recognized for its magnificent beaches, but you can’t deny the great shopping it has to offer as well. Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center is just one example of said premier...

Reviewed by: Gabrielle
Address: 651 Paseo Nuevo
Type: Stores and shopping malls


15 Riviera
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Rank: 15 About 34

The Riviera in Santa Barbara, California is among the most esteemed real estate neighborhoods in the city. The Riviera bridges the two-mile span between Mission and Sycamore Canyons. Its name derives from the...

Reviewed by: Carl
Type: Streets, Squares and Neighbourhoods


16 Gould Park
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Rank: 16 About 34

The Gould Park in Santa Barbara, California is located on Cold Springs Road and Ashley Road. It is characterized by vast expanses of vivid greenery, endless lawns and towering trees that provide plentiful shade as...

Reviewed by: Gabrielle
Address: Cold Springs Road & Ashley Road
Type: Parks and gardens


17 Lotusland
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Rank: 17 About 34

Lotusland is also known by the name, Ganna Walska Lotusland and is a historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska. It’s the present place of a non-profit botanical garden which is designed...

Reviewed by: Akhil
Address: 695 Ashley Road, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Type: Parks and gardens


18 Plaza Del Mar
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Rank: 18 About 34

Amidst a town built almost entirely out of sand is a beautiful park of vibrant greenery and vivid landscaping, Plaza Del Mar. Located at 23 Castillo Street in Santa Barbara, California, Plaza Del Mar is one of the...

Reviewed by: Gabrielle
Address: 23 Castillo Street
Type: Parks and gardens


19 Rattlesnake Canyon Park
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Rank: 19 About 34

If you’re ready for a break from catching some gnarly waves and retire the surfboard for a day, a trip to Rattlesnake Canyon Park might be the perfect change of scenery for you. Located in Santa Barbara,...

Reviewed by: Carl
Address: Gibraltar Road
Type: Nature and sport


20 Eucalyptus Hill
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Rank: 20 About 34

Eucalyptus Hill is a neighborhood in Santa Barbara, California that is popular for housing development projects.  This 677-acrea neighborhood is popular for its beautiful surroundings and magnificent view....

Reviewed by: Carl
Address: Eucalyptus Hill Road
Type: Streets, Squares and Neighbourhoods


Santa Barbara Beach
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Rank: 21 About 34

The city of Santa Barbara is blessed with more than 100 miles of spectacular coastline with amazing beaches. These beaches are beautiful with coastal mountains which make is a perfect picture and background.  Most of the beaches face...

Reviewed by: Laalamani
Address:
Type: Beaches


21 Botanic Garden
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Rank: 22 About 34

The Botanic Garden of Santa Barbara is a 26 hectare garden having more than 1,000 species of rare and indigenous plants. Situated in Mission Canyon, Santa Barbara, this place purpose is actually...

Reviewed by: Darshadana
Address: 1007 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Type: Parks and gardens


22 Chase Palm Park
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Rank: 23 About 34

Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara, California, is a long row of palm trees along the water and is known to be one of the prettiest features of the city waterfront. This park is really creative,...

Reviewed by: Fahim
Address: 735 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Type: Parks and gardens


23 University
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Rank: 24 About 34

The University of California in Santa Barbara is also known as UCSB or UC Santa Barbara. The main campus is situated on a 1,022 acre campus in Santa Barbara and this university is one of the ten general campuses of the...

Reviewed by: Laalamani
Address: University of California
Type: Other attractions


24 Bryan Lee
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Rank: 25 About 34

Bryan Lee is very popular shopping destination of the beautiful Californian city of Santa Barbara. This locally owned store has been operational since 1988 and offers cutting edge fashion trends for men...

Reviewed by: Darshadana
Type: Stores and shopping malls

Attractions close to Santa Barbara


Heisler Park - 2 mi
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Heisler Park is situated in Laguna Beach and is a marine reserve having tide pools. This park is also the cleanest park and spacious too. It has the best view of the shore, tiny tide pools and rocks. There is also provision of grass...

Reviewed by:
Address: Cliff Dr
Distance: 3.2
City: Laguna Beach

Type: Parks and gardens + Share


Goleta Public Market - 7.1 mi
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The Goleta Public Market outside of Santa Barbara, California is a grand culmination of every imaginable shopping excursion rolled into one, combined with the entertainment elements of a carnival, making for an...

Reviewed by: Gabrielle
Address: 907 South Kellogg Avenue
Distance: 11.4
City: Goleta

Type: Flea and street markets + Share


South Coast Railroad Museum - 8.7 mi
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Along South Coast Railroad Museum, one would find specially-designed residential quarters. The museum recites Southern California’s railroad history. Those who wish to explore history of South California would enjoy over here. For...

Reviewed by: Laalamani
Address: 300 North Los Carneros Road
Distance: 14
City: Goleta

Type: Museums + Share


Los Padres National Forest - 8.9 mi
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Los Padres National Forest, which lies on the western and eastern side of CA 33 and US 5 Highways; and on the eastern side of ‘Santa Barbara’, happens to cover are of 1875000 acres in all. One would find loads of wild parks...

Reviewed by: Laalamani
Address: 6755 Hollister Avenue
Distance: 14.3
City: Goleta

Type: Nature and sport + Share

Neighbouring places: Santa Barbara


Goleta - 7.3 mi

Goleta can be described as a city situated in southern region of Santa Barbara County, California, US.Goleta got incorporated on an official basis in the year 2002. This place is known especially for being extremely close to...

Distance: 11.8
City: Goleta

Carpinteria - 10.7 mi

“Carpinteria” is a city which lies in the south-eastern region of California, USA. It’s a well known place for its natural and scenic beauty. It lies in the latitude of 34.40N and longitude of 119.52W with...

Distance: 17.2
City: Carpinteria

Solvang - 27.5 mi

The city of Solvang in Santa Barbara County, California, United States is one of the residential areas that make up the Santa Ynez Valley. Solvang was discovered in 1911. The city is home to some restaurants, bakeries, and merchants...

Distance: 44.2
City: Solvang

San Buenaventura - 27.7 mi

The city of San Buenaventura is commonly referred to as Ventura. Ventura city is the county seat of Ventura county, in the State of California in the United States. ...

Distance: 44.5
City: San Buenaventura

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