Insider's Guide to Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara Waterfront

It should come as no surprise that a city hailed for its beautiful coastline should consider its waterfront the #1 tourist attraction in the area. With a variety of restaurants, boating and sport fishing tours, a bird sanctuary, bike path, and a beautiful promenade connecting the Waterfront to the rest of the downtown area, the Santa Barbara Waterfront is, without a doubt, one of the glittering gems of Santa Barbara.

From State Street (the area’s main business street) head East to see Chase Palm Park (home to Sunday art-walks and where many a pickup soccer game begins), the Santa Barbara Skate Park, and the Bird Sanctuary. Head West from State Street and find the Harbor, Waterfront Museum, several restaurants, and water sports adventure tours.

Practical Info

The Santa Barbara Waterfront runs from Leadbetter Beach, down past Stern’s Wharf, and over down to East Beach and the Bird Sanctuary and Santa Barbara Zoo. Parking is typically free for 90 minutes, and readily available.

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