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Santa Barbara is sure to brighten up any trip to southern California. Surrounded by mountains and overlooking the ocean, this coastal city dubs itself the American Riviera. Upscale dining pairs perfectly with glorious sunset views and beautiful, Spanish-influenced architecture. Watch surfers ride perfect waves or look out for wandering whales from vast golden shores. Once you’ve savoured this slice of Californian bliss, wander out to neighbouring nature for a taste of adventure.

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Explore Santa Barbara, near Los Angeles! Stroll along Stearns Wharf for waterfront restaurants and shopping and visit attractions like Mission Santa Barbara. For outdoor activities, don't miss Lotusland, Arroyo Burro Beach County Park, or Shoreline Park. More beach options? Try Leadbetter, Butterfly, or East beaches! Discover our bundles and packages to start planning.

SANTA BARBARA TRAVEL GUIDE

Santa Barbara
DESTINATION FACTS

LANGUAGE

English

WHAT TO EAT

Healthy Californian faves like acai bowls, seafood staples like oysters, Mexican and Spanish-inspired cuisine (tacos and tapas!), pizza and artisanal foodie finds at the Santa Barbara Public Market.

WHAT TO BRING BACK

A bottle of Santa Barbara County wine, a gourmet basket composed of Santa Barbara’s finest produce from Santa Barbara Gift Baskets, local art from galleries across the city, swimwear or surf apparel and fashion staples from local brands like SeaVees.

FUN FACT

It might not be surprising to find out that the city nicknamed the American Riviera is located near an archipelago with an exotic moniker of its own. In fact, the Channel Islands, part of the Channel Islands National Park, are known as the Galapagos Islands of North America due to the incredible diversity of flora and fauna found amid the islands’ volcanic landscapes. Take a day trip to the islands via boat for hiking, whale-watching and outdoor adventures!

IMPORTANT INFO

For more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.