Other areas to stay in Santa Barbara
State Street, shops, eateries
If you’d like to enjoy the artichture, art, and shopping that Santa Barbara has to offer, downtown is the area for you. State Street runs through the middle of downtown and offers an array of shopping options from Sax Fifth Avenue to American Eagle, to Brooks Brothers, to fun thrift shopping spots (check out Crossroads Trading co!).
This area also has some of the most beautiful architecture in the city, with the Spanish style courthouse right on State street. You can also walk to the Santa Barbara mission in about 30 minutes from this area which is a great activity for one day. You can visit the Santa Barbara Museum of art which lies just off of State Street and hosts Asian, American, and European art spanning 4,000 years.
Downtown also offers some of Santa Barbara’s best nightlife on State Street - check out EOS lounge for electronic music or Pearl Social for cocktails.
Hotels in Santa Barbara Downtown
If you want to eat and drink like a local, the Funk Zone is the place for you. This fun hipster neighborhood is one of the top areas that locals like to enjoy on the weekends.
You will find the best coffee, beer, and wine in Santa Barbara here. Start off your day with a delicious coffee and pastry at Dart Coffee. Dart coffee is a trendy coffee shop that has a variety of food and coffee options and has a beautiful outdoor garden for seating across the street from the main coffee shop.
If you’d like a place to explore local beer options, Lama Dog Taproom has a large array of tap beers, and for any wine lovers, Pali Wine Co has some outside wine tasting. The Funk Zone is also a short walk from the beach, so access to West Beach and East Beach are easy from here if you want the best of both worlds.
Hotels in the Funk Zone
Outdoor activities, beach
East Beach is adjacent to West Beach, and is a great area to stay as well. This area is a short one-mile walk from State Street, but offers easy access to the Funk Zone, wide beaches directly adjacent, and is a short walk from the Santa Barbara Zoo.
This is a great area to stay with children if you want something a bit quieter and away from any nightlife, but with easy access to attractions such as the Santa Barbara Zoo. If you are looking for a nice place to walk or run, walk on the trail that can be found on the beach and extends up Cabrillo Road.
You can also walk to Case Palm Park if you would like to hang out by the ocean. This is a wonderful place to set up a hammock and relax for an afternoon.
Hotels in East Beach
Directly east of the city you can find the lavish gardens and mansions of Montecito, the small town near Santa Barbara which is home to Oprah, Prince Harry and Meghan Markel, and Ellen DeGeneres among other celebrities.
This area is ideal for those looking for an upscale retreat and vacation location as well as anyone who is interested in some great hiking opportunities. If you decide to stay in their area, make sure to check out tangerine falls trail, which is a beautiful trail located in Montecito and has small waterfalls and views of the entire Santa Barbara area. To check out some of the best food and wine in the area, visit Coast Village Road, which offers the best cuisine and upscale shopping in the area.
Make sure to check out Bettina for some wonderful neapolitan pizza, Folded Hills wine tasting room, as well as the fun boutiques at Coast village road.
Hotels in Montecito
On a budget
If you’re looking for a more authentic California experience away from the tourist crowds, a stay in Goleta might just be the place for you! It is only 10 miles east of the Santa Barbara airport, and free shuttles are running back and forth between Goleta and Santa Barbara.
You can have the best of both worlds by experiencing the nearby attractions and activities, but with a cheaper price tag since Goleta is more budget-friendly!
This is a great family-friendly destination with great accommodation options ranging from more laid-back hotels to upscale beach resorts. Visit the Goleta Beach Park and try your hand at fishing off the long pier, birdwatching, or have a family BBQ using the on-site grills and picnic tables. If DIY dining isn’t your thing, the nearby Beach-side Bar Cafe has great pacific views and serves up delicious local seafood.
Hotels in Goleta