Other areas to stay in Santa Barbara
Rest of the beaches area
Just to the east of West Beach is East Beach, which is one of the most popular beaches in the city and this is down to the striking white sand that sits in front of the Caribbean look-a-like palm trees that wouldn’t be out of place on a postcard. East Beach has a good amount of hotels, shops, restaurants and pubs to choose from as well as hiring water sports equipment like surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, parasailing and much more.
If you want beaches that are less crowded then head to Leadbetter Beach or Hendry’s Beach, which are close by to the main town beaches but offer a little more escapism. Both have a good amount of shops, dining places and bars though not as wide a variety as those found by West and East Beach. All of the beaches are generally clean with good swimming and surfing to be had and are safe with good public transport connections to all parts of Santa Barbara and therefore are good places to stay in.
Hotels in Santa Barbara Beach
Rest of the downtown area
The rest of the downtown area is mainly focused over the other side of the 101 highway, between W Carrillo Street and W Haley Street, which is a busy public transport hub with brilliant connections all around the city. This area is an ideal place to stay in due to the amount of attractions that are close by like the Historical Museum, Museum of Art, Botanic Gardens, the Zoo and many art galleries.
The Santa Barbara Mission is another major highlight of the area as it is one of the finest examples of Spanish architecture, which is highly-praised by the locals. State Street, which starts by West Beach, comes all the way into the centre and further inland and is a shopping paradise with this stretch of it being home to the biggest department stores, which includes El Paseo and Paseo Nuevo. State Street, Chapala Street and W Carrillo Street are spoilt for hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs with some on Chapala Street having hotel rooms with sea views.
Hotels in Santa Barbara Downtown
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