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Santa Barbara California Vacation Travel

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When to go?
With its near-perfect California climate, Santa Barbara is a gem of a coastal getaway. Set mid-south on the Pacific Coast, many Los Angelinos flock here for weekend trips. During the summer and on holidays, the entire town can book up. So, if your plans are flexible, come for a mid-week vacation and take advantage of lower hotel rates. For the deepest discounts and best lodging selection, visit Santa Barbara during the late fall or winter.

Where to stay?
Spas abound in this city just north of tinsel town - so treat yourself to a star-worthy hotel or resort package if your wallet allows. For those on a budget, book a campsite or stay further South, in Carpinteria, Ventura or Oxnard. Overall, you'll find plenty of inns and B&Bs in Santa Barbara, but don't be surprised when a motel quotes rooms at near $100 per night. To get the max for your money, book as far in advance as possible.

What to do?
Hike, bike, sun, sand, sea - Santa Barbara boasts all these activities on a doable scale, plus an elegant and historic downtown. First, get acquainted with Santa Barbara's Spanish heritage in California at the Old Mission. Outdoors types will enjoy a trek through Los Padres National Forest - or a stroll through the Botanic Garden. The beaches here are great for lazy days of swimming and sunsets. Lastly, dine on the oldest working wharf in California, Stearns Wharf, where the catch of the day offers mouthwatering proof of your coastal getaway.


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