Located 95 miles northwest of LA, Santa Barbara is sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean to the south and the Santa Ynez Mountains to the north. The coastal city offers sophisticated living combined with a refreshingly laid-back California attitude in a drop-dead gorgeous landscape.
Perfect forRomantics | Families | Foodies
When to goYear-Round
Ideal length of stay3-5 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
3 Days: Essential Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara is as much about the topography, with its majestic hills and stunning beaches, as it is about the excellent food and surrounding wine country. The many customizable things to do in Santa Barbara – from private boat charters to cooking classes – reflect that. Here is just one example of what our specialists can create for you.
Day 1: Key Sites
Visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara, founded in 1786 as one of the 21 missions established by the Spanish Franciscans. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the property, or Indagare can arrange a special visit focused on art and architecture or on La Huerta, the Mission garden. Later, tour the exotic Lotusland gardens, a 37-acre personal preserve and eccentric Eden created by the late opera star Madame Ganna Walska on her Montecito estate. End your evening with dinner at one of Santa Barbara’s top restaurants.
Day 2: Beach Retreat
Some of the best beaches in the area include East Beach (great for volleyball), West Beach (with a nice path for biking and walking), Montecito’s Butterfly Beach, Arroyo Burro and Miramar Beach. Santa Barbara also offers top-notch surfing opportunities: aspiring surfers should head to Padaro Beach, which has an excellent surf camp and shop, while experts will be challenged at iconic Rincon Point.
Day 3: Excursions
Start your morning with a private cooking class or a customized guided culinary tour through Santa Barbara, a city beloved by gourmands. Later, soak in the sunshine and scenery that makes Santa Barbara such an idyllic place for scenic biking and hiking. Some favorite paths include the Carpinteria Bluffs, Arroyo Hondo Preserve and the Coronado Butterfly Preserve.
Where To Stay
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