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Where to stay in Santa Barbara

If you're a first time visitor to Santa Barbara, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the hotels may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about neighborhoods and places to stay in Santa Barbara.


What's the best area of Santa Barbara to stay?

The top mentioned neighborhoods and areas that people talk about in and around Santa Barbara are: Montecito, Santa Ynez, Waterfront, and Carpinteria.

Here's what Trippy members had to say:

"If you want to venture up to the Santa Ynez area there are a ton of wineries and tasting rooms to check out."  See More

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  1. Montecito
  2. Santa Ynez
  3. Waterfront
  4. Carpinteria
What are some good hotels in Santa Barbara?

Depending on the neighborhood you choose, you may want to research hotels in the area. If you'd rather start with the most recommended hotels in Santa Barbara, here's a list to get you started.

Here's what Trippy members had to say about hotels:

"Rather than repeat everyone else's excellent suggestions, I'm going to show some love to San Gregorio State Beach and Isla Vista, which are both worth a look."  See More

"I'd recommend the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Bacara Resort & Spa, or El Encanto Hotel, which is my favorite."  See More

"There is also a Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara (closer to Montecito) that I can also recommend."  See More

"If you happen to spend the night, go for the boutique Canary Hotel."  See More

"If you have a little more money you can stay Hyatt Santa Barbara to be right across from the beach."  See More

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  1. Isla Vista
  2. El Encanto Hotel
  3. Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
  4. Canary Hotel
  5. Hyatt Santa Barbara
Where did you get these suggestions?

Trippy is a great resource for planning your trip because you get advice from real travelers. We suggested neighborhoods and hotels based on the recommendations of the Trippy community. This gives you a quick overview, but if you're looking to do more research, here is a question that we used to find this information.

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

What if I plan my trip around food?

If you're a foodie or just love to eat when you travel, you might decide to stay in a hotel close to a restaurant you want to try. Here are some places to eat in Santa Barbara.

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  1. McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
  2. La Super-Rica Taqueria
  3. The Lark - Santa Barbara
  4. Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
  5. The Palace Grill
What if I don't have a car?

Maybe you're looking for a happening area with lots to see and do, or you want to be walking distance from tourist attractions. Check out some of these places and see there's a hotel nearby.

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

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  1. Butterfly Beach
  2. Hendry's Beach
  3. Stearns Wharf
  4. The Funk Zone
Where can I find out more about Santa Barbara?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Santa Barbara locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Santa Barbara.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

Flying into Santa Barbara? There is one major airport for commercial flights. Find international, domestic, and local airports in Santa Barbara.

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