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Laguna Beach to Santa Barbara via Santa Monica

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Laguna Beach to Santa Barbara road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Laguna Beach to Santa Barbara. If you're planning a road trip to Santa Barbara, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Laguna Beach
drive for about 1 hour

11:13 am  Santa Monica
eat at Gjelina
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 3:13 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:50 pm  arrive in Santa Barbara
stay at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

driving ≈ 3 hours


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Where should I stop along the way?

Santa Monica  (225 answers)
    Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
    LACMA  (50 mentions)
    restaurants around Santa Monica:
        Gjelina
        Urth Caffe
        The Apple Pan
        Joan's on Third Cafe
        Gracias Madre
    hotels around Santa Monica:
        Shutters On the Beach
        Hotel Erwin
        The Huntley Hotel
        Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
        Hotel Casa Del Mar
    questions about Santa Monica:
        Drinks in SM?
        Fun things to do in Santa Monica?
        Fun Santa Monica hotels under $400/night?
        Good breakfast spot for a business meeting?
        Avoiding sticker shock in Santa Monica


Where's the best place to stay in Santa Barbara?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Santa Barbara.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, which was mentioned 15 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Isla Vista  (2 mentions)
San Ysidro Ranch  (2 mentions)
El Encanto Hotel  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Santa Barbara? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Santa Barbara?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

La Super-Rica Taqueria  (5 mentions)
The Palace Grill  (4 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Santa Barbara? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Santa Barbara?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Butterfly Beach  (7 mentions)
Bacara Resort & Spa  (6 mentions)
Hendry's Beach  (4 mentions)
Stearns Wharf  (4 mentions)
The Funk Zone  (4 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Santa Barbara. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Veronica from San Francisco asked:
Favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara?  (9 answers)

profile  Kay from Vermont asked:
Bachelorette Weekend Getaway in Santa Barbara  (6 answers)

profile  Darren from Jersey City asked:
Best Beach in Santa Barbara?  (5 answers)

profile  Stephanie from Venice Beach asked:
24 hours in Santa Barbara, what do I have to see/eat/do?  (5 answers)

profile  Valerie from asked:
How far from santa barbara to palm springs and PS to Phoenix?  (1 answer)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Santa Barbara.




Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Santa Barbara to Laguna Beach drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Laguna Beach to Santa Barbara. Or get a full Laguna Beach to Santa Barbara flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Laguna Beach well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Laguna Beach!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 154 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 41 minutes
60 Laguna Beach travel answers
225 Santa Monica travel answers
189 Santa Barbara travel answers





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