Holidays to Santa Barbara

Holidays to Santa Barbara

On the California coast, back-dropped by the Santa Ynez Mountains, holiday to Santa Barbara for a charming yet laidback escape. A mild year-round climate is complemented by the Mediterranean-style buildings, all white-stucco and red-tile roofs, a lasting testament to a Spanish colonial heritage and earning the city its nickname: the American Riviera. Trust us, with an easy-to-navigate downtown, thriving dining scene, gorgeous white sand beaches and cannot-be-missed wine trail we guarantee you’ll want to return! Feeling inspired? Our USA travel specialists can recommend where to stay, what to do and where to eat in Santa Barbara – just give us a call.

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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
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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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