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San Diego to Santa Barbara drive in an RV

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RV campgrounds from San Diego to Santa Barbara

Campground suggestions provided by AllStays.com

Here's a sample itinerary for a camping drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in your RV. 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. Find the best RV parks, campgrounds, hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members and AllStays. Scroll down to see all the RV campgrounds along the way.

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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 Cafe Zinc
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 47 minutes

6:20 pm  Ventura
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:20 pm
drive for about 29 minutes

7:49 pm  arrive in Santa Barbara
eat at The Andersen Danish Restaurant & Bakery
stay at Canary Hotel Santa Barbara - A Kimpton Hotel

driving ≈ 5 hours


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What are RV campgrounds along the way?

Carlsbad (California)  (30 answers)
    Paradise By The Sea RV Park  (1 mention)
    Oceanside RV Park  (1 mention)
    Oceanside Harbor  (1 mention)
    South Carlsbad State Beach  (1 mention)
    Del Mar Beach Cottages  (1 mention)
    Trailer Rancho  (1 mention)
    Olive Avenue RV Resort  (1 mention)
    Melrose RV Park  (1 mention)
    Guajome County Park  (1 mention)
    restaurants around Carlsbad (California):
        Pizza Port
    hotels around Carlsbad (California):
        Ocean Palms Beach Resort
        Motel 6 Carlsbad Downtown
        Extended Stay America San Diego - Carlsbad Village By The Sea

Laguna Beach  (60 answers)
    Crystal Cove State Park  (1 mention)
    Newport Dunes Resort  (1 mention)
    Doheny State Beach  (1 mention)
    restaurants around Laguna Beach:
        Cafe Zinc
        Cottage Restaurant
        Madison Square & Garden Cafe
        GG's Bistro
    hotels around Laguna Beach:
        The Tides Hotel Laguna Beach
        Laguna Beach House
        Pacific Edge on Laguna Beach, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
        Holiday Inn Laguna Beach
    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  (612 answers)
    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?
        Area an hour away from LAX airport
        What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?

Malibu  (66 answers)
    Malibu Beach RV Park  (1 mention)
    Malibu Creek State Park - Family Camp  (1 mention)
    restaurants around Malibu:
        Spruzzo Restaurant & Bar
        Coogie' Beach Cafe
        Taverna Tony
        Adobe Cantina
    hotels around Malibu:
        Malibu Beach RV Park
        Malibu Creek State Park
        Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel
    questions about Malibu:
        Places to eat in Malibu?
        Lunch recommendations near Getty Villa - Views? Kid Friendly?
        Wine tasting in Malibu?

Ventura  (16 answers)
    Ventura Beach RV Resort  (1 mention)
    Emma Wood State Beach  (1 mention)
    McGrath State Beach  (1 mention)
    Foster County Park  (1 mention)
    Faria Beach County Park  (1 mention)
    Rincon Parkway County Park  (1 mention)
    Evergreen RV Park  (1 mention)
    Hobson Beach County Park  (1 mention)
    restaurants around Ventura:
        Anacapa Brewing Company
        Cafe Nouveau
    hotels around Ventura:
        Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
        Vagabond Inn Ventura
        The Pierpont Inn & Spa
        Ventura Beach RV Resort
    questions about Ventura:
        What to see, do & eat in Ventura, CA
        Romantic weekend events/entertainment


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 Canary Hotel Santa Barbara - A Kimpton Hotel.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Secret Garden Inn  (1 mention)
Marina Beach Motel  (1 mention)

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?

GoPetFriendly suggests The Andersen Danish Restaurant & Bakery.

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 AllStays:

Mono Campground  (1 mention)

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!

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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 in an RV, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of San Diego? Try searching for places within 3.5 hours of San Diego.

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!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 218 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 27 minutes
256 San Diego travel answers
30 Carlsbad (California) travel answers
60 Laguna Beach travel answers
612 Los Angeles travel answers
66 Malibu travel answers
16 Ventura travel answers
189 Santa Barbara travel answers





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