Based along the Pacific Coast and 100 miles north-west of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is known as the “American Riviera” due primarily to its Mediterranean climate. Well-known
Below you’ll find a list of things to do and attractions, in addition to travel statistics on comparison shopping, vacation planning and themes, and some lodging alternatives.
Apart from its unbelievable beaches, Santa Barbara also offers those staying in one of many Santa Barbara vacation rentals an array of culturally enriching activities. From museums, art galleries and nature parks, guests of the “best kept secret” of Southern California will never run out of things to do.
A 65 acre garden, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden offers guests of a Santa Barbara vacation condo more than 1000 species of both rare indigenous and Southern California plants. It’s positioned in Mission Canyon and offers more than 9 km of hiking trails.
Placed on the water’s edge of the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum offers exciting & educational exhibits set inside of almost 8,000 square feet of Museum space. The Maritime Museum also supplies a lot of educational programs featuring docent tours, and Tall Ship tours. Admission includes a series of films shown daily in their large screen, high-definition Munger Theater.
Those who love history and specially see that history through colonial and historical structures should visit the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Its absolutely one of the most extraordinary looking buildings in Santa Barbara and it is a must visit. It was designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style, and it is beautifully surrounded by landscaped gardens and lawns. If you’re not afraid of heighs and climb up the tower, you can also view the entire city.
Considered the “crown jewel” of the California Missions and located on Laguna street, Mission Santa Barbara is a must visit in this enchanting little town. The grounds are stunning and the historical church is still an active parish. It is important to read and learn something about the mission systems in the area, it’s a great way to enjoy substantially more your visit. Believe it or not, there is a mission every 26 miles all along the Pacific coast from Baja to upper California.
One of the most classic landmarks of Santa Barbara, the Arts and Crafts Show has been held for over 40 years along the beach and it embraces local arts and crafts artists. If you are staying at a Santa Barbara beachfront property the show is a must-see.
During these troubled economic times, most travelers are looking for comparison shopping among different lodging options before decide where to stay.
Here you have a great spot to investigate:
Santa Barbara Inn: Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, or affordable vacation accommodations for your family, we welcome you to the Lemon Tree Inn. The world famous Crocodile serves breakfast , lunch and dinner every day and Brunch every Sunday. Our chefs prepare Charbroiled Steaks and Seafood as well as a host of pastas, local favorites, vegetarian and kids meals. Fresh locally grown organic produce and herbs make the Crocodile a unique and affordable surprise not often found in hotel dining. The Crocodile also offers premium liquors, beers and local wines for our guests pleasure. Watch your meal prepared in our display kitchen or dine under the stars on our Patio. For more information and photos, please take a look at property ID#89773 at rentalo.com.