Holidays to Santa Barbara

Holidays to Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara Travel Information

There are regular, direct flights from major UK airports to get to Santa Barbara, California via Los Angeles.

  • Currency: US Dollars 
  • Time difference: GMT -8 
  • Flight from UK: 14-15 hours 
  • Visa: Yes - ESTA required prior to travel 
  • Language: US English

Travel Tips & Advice for Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Activities


Start your holiday in Santa Barbara with an introduction to the downtown area’s historical highlights with a free (downloadable) walking tour. You can then take in 360 degree views from the County Courthouse clock tower, shop the boutiques of Slate Street or go wine tasting along the Urban Wine Trail – there are 29 tasting rooms within walking distance. Or if you want to hit those Pacific Ocean waves, there’s kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing tours.

Santa Barbara Food & Drink


Surrounded by vineyards and country farms, there’s a real emphasis on showcasing locally sourced, fresh produce in the city’s restaurants, with the farm-to-table trend taking off big time. We love the restaurants in the Funk Zone neighbourhood and recommend hitting the two markets: the Farmers Market is open midweek and on Saturday’s and the Public Market is your go-to place for gourmet food shops and casual food stalls – perfect for putting together a picnic.

Santa Barbara Attractions


Wondering what to see in Santa Barbara? High on our list are the Mission Santa Barbara, a Franciscan monastery founded in 1786 and Lotusland, a 37-acre private estate with stunning gardens filled with lakes, orchards and fountains. If you’re looking for free, the Sunken Garden has outdoor movie screenings in summer, there’s free admission to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art on Thursday evenings and Butterfly Beach is open to all, year-round.

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