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San Diego to Santa Barbara drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day



San Diego to Santa Barbara road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara. If you're planning a road trip to Santa Barbara, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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9:00 am  start in San Diego
drive for about 36 minutes

9:36 am  Carlsbad (California)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 10:36 am
drive for about 51 minutes

11:27 am  Laguna Beach
eat at Javier's Restaurant - Newport Beach
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:27 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:34 pm  Los Angeles
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 3:34 pm
drive for about 59 minutes

4:33 pm  Malibu
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:33 pm
drive for about 55 minutes

6:28 pm  Ojai
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 7:28 pm
drive for about 43 minutes

8:11 pm  arrive in Santa Barbara
stay at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

driving ≈ 5 hours


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Diego, California.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.




How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.




Where should I stop along the way?

Carlsbad (California)  (29 answers)
    Legoland  (8 mentions)
    Self-Realization Fellowship  (6 mentions)
    Swami's Beach  (5 mentions)
    San Elijo Lagoon  (3 mentions)
    The Flower Fields  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Carlsbad (California):
        Swami's Cafe
        La Costa Resort & Spa
        Vivace
        PAON
        Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
    hotels around Carlsbad (California):
        Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
        Tamarack Beach Resort
Laguna Beach  (60 answers)
    Crystal Cove State Park  (10 mentions)
    Balboa Island  (8 mentions)
    Balboa Island  (3 mentions)
    Victoria Beach  (3 mentions)
    Dana Point Harbor  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Laguna Beach:
        Javier's Restaurant - Newport Beach
        Las Brisas
        Cafe Zoolu
        The Beachcomber Cafe
        Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
    hotels around Laguna Beach:
        Montage Laguna Beach
        Surf and Sand Resort
        The Inn at Laguna Beach
        La Casa Del Camino
        Laguna Beach House
    questions about Laguna Beach:
        Where to stay and non-surfing things to do in Laguna Beach
        What is your favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach?
Los Angeles  (564 answers)
    Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
    Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
    restaurants around Los Angeles:
        Gjelina
        Perch
        Bottega Louie
        Grand Central Market
        Bestia
    hotels around Los Angeles:
        Shutters On the Beach
        Hotel Erwin
        The Standard Downtown LA
        Ace Hotel Los Angeles
        The Huntley Hotel
    questions about Los Angeles:
        Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?
        What's your favorite burger in L.A?
        Free things to do in Los Angeles?
        What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?
        Best restaurants in Los Angeles?
Malibu  (66 answers)
    Malibu Beach  (44 mentions)
    Zuma Beach  (22 mentions)
    Point Dume State Beach  (14 mentions)
    Malibu Country Mart  (12 mentions)
    El Matador State Beach  (12 mentions)
    restaurants around Malibu:
        Nobu Malibu
        Paradise Cove Cafe
        Malibu Seafood
        Geoffrey's Malibu
        Malibu Farm Cafe
    hotels around Malibu:
        Malibu Beach Inn
    questions about Malibu:
        Places to eat in Malibu?
        Lunch recommendations near Getty Villa - Views? Kid Friendly?
        Wine tasting in Malibu?
Ojai  (16 answers)
    restaurants around Ojai:
        The Deer Lodge
    hotels around Ojai:
        Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
    questions about Ojai:
        Must-See Places During An Overnight In Ojai?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Santa Barbara, California.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.




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!

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

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

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

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

 Beverly Joesten from San Luis Obispo asked:
Santa Barbara wine country ideas?  (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 San Diego 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 San Diego to Santa Barbara. Or get a full San Diego 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 San Diego well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Diego!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 218 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 24 minutes
214 San Diego travel answers
29 Carlsbad (California) travel answers
60 Laguna Beach travel answers
564 Los Angeles travel answers
66 Malibu travel answers
16 Ojai travel answers
185 Santa Barbara travel answers





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