Editor Picks: Santa Barbara Hotels on the Beach

by Alexander Castro  |  Published August 2, 2019

If you’re looking for California’s fabled good weather along with charming architecture and good food, Santa Barbara might be for you. A gem of Southern California, it boasts beaches, mountains, and a botanical garden as well as indoor attractions like the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. A diverse culinary scene offers something for every palette, from traditional Japanese Kaiseki at Yoichi’s to the more immediate pleasure of crab cakes and little neck clams at Brophy Bros.

Bordered by the Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the presence of white stucco buildings and red-tiled roofs add colonial aesthetics to the landscape. Combined with the richness of local plants and wildlife, it’s a beautiful place to stay—especially if choosing from one of our beachfront options below.