Santa Barbara Travel Guide

Santa Barbara courthouse (Photo: Santa Barbara Convention and Visitors Bureau)About Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara turns a taste of the good life into a full meal. The upscale city on California's Pacific coast offers a rich culinary scene, shopping, outdoor pursuits, and more. read more

When to Visit Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara follows the traditional visitor pattern of much of the U.S., with the highest visitation during the summer season, and the lowest in winter. read more

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  • Best Beaches to Keep the Winter Blues Away Dreaming of a warm escape? Relief is a lot closer than you think. These U.S. beaches, from romantic getaways to family-friendly islands, are certain to take the bite out of winter's chill.
  • 10 Most Romantic Coastal Destinations From the rugged Pacific Northwest to sophisticated California, from cultured New England to laid-back Florida, we've rounded up some of our favorite coastal destinations perfect for getting your romance on.
  • Save Money With Repositioning Cruises Spring and fall mean transitioning wardrobes—and repositioning ships. See several world regions on one of these sailings, at cheaper per-diem rates than "regular" cruises.
  • Budget-Friendly Beach Getaways for Summer Don't let your dreams of a beach vacation go out with the tide this summer. Here are six affordable beach getaways around the U.S., all for under $500.
  • Celebrating Christmas in small towns Small towns provide a personal, at-home touch you can't find in a city. Here are five lesser-known destinations known for great holiday celebrations.
  • Fall harvest festivals In spite of its place as the harbinger of long and cold winters for many, fall gets an inspired reception every year, with festivals and events to celebrate the bounty and beauty of the season. With hundreds of fall food and drink festivals across the country, fattening up for the long winter is easy.

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