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Top 11 Reasons to Visit Santa Barbara Now

Top 11 Reasons to Visit Santa Barbara Now

Whether you’re a city dweller or a nature lover, you’re bound to fall in love with the American Riviera.


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July 28, 2021

If you live in Santa Barbara, we're 100 percent sure that you have a favorite beach. No matter where you go, don't forget the sunscreen!

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When kayaking in Santa Barbara, you’ll often get a natural show that include migrating gray and humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, and starfish.
There's no experience quite like whale watching; it's a beautiful display of power and grace in the afternoon light.
Architect Charles Willard Moore called the Santa Barbara County Courthouse the "grandest Spanish Colonial Revival structure ever built."
The Arlington Theatre is a historic landmark with seating for over 2,000 guests and is home to first-run films, live performances, and film festivals.
Santa Barbara is Southern California’s ocean air gateway to the Central Coast and is home to some of the best produce and seafood on the planet.

10. Restaurants

Who wouldn’t want a fine dining experience in Santa Barbara? Your options are basically infinite, and settling on one might be difficult. Toma Restaurant and Bar is a great choice if you’re craving Italian, Mediterranean, and seafood. Try the out-of-this-world tuna cones and gnocchi with shrimp—it’ll blow your mind. Brophy Bros is another seafood restaurant that promises a one-of-a-kind experience. Get ready to take in the scenic views of the harbor, ocean, and mountains as you indulge in mouthwatering dishes—give their seafood pasta and seabass a try. 

11. Shopping

Shopping in Santa Barbara is inevitable—it’s one of the most exciting, relaxing, and simultaneously stressful things you’d do on a vacation. Shopaholics must make their way to State Street first, because shopping here isn’t just limited to buying things; it’s basically sightseeing in Santa Barbara. The street is lined with cafes, restaurants, surf shops, and of course, some of the best stores in town. 

If you’re not exactly done, head over to Arlington and De La Guerra Plazas for more retail therapy. And for those looking to buy souvenirs, go straight to Stearns Wharf or Santa Barbara Harbor, where you’ll find cute memorabilia to take back home.

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