Santa Barbara accommodations range from the most luxurious resorts to historic bed and breakfast inns, private vacation rentals, dog friendly motels, wine country hotels, and cheap hotels in Santa Barbara. Not to mention camping on the beach.
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If you have no idea where to begin or have never been to Santa Barbara County before, here are a few local favorite Santa Barbara accommodations to help you decide where to stay:
If you love the Bed and Breakfast experience, you owe it to yourself to stay at Simpson House Inn at least once in your life.
This Santa Barbara accommodation is surrounded by a 30' hedge, providing a sense of privacy and timelessness.
The Inn is within walking distance of historic downtown, just one block from State Street.
This is North America's only 5-Diamond Bed & Breakfast, according to AAA. With a 90% approval rating from TripAdvisor travelers, you can't go wrong. Make your online reservations at Simpson House Inn or call toll free 800-676-1280.
Another B&B in Santa Barbara is The Upham Hotel. Step back in time at this secluded retreat just 2-blocks away from State Street.
Built as a boarding house in 1871, The Upham Hotel is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California.
This historic hotel was built before Stearn's Wharf (1872), and precedes the arrival of mule-powered street cars (1875), and even the railroad (1887).
Surrounded by a one-acre garden, this charming Victorian hotel combines the intimacy of a bed and breakfast with the convenience of a full-service hotel and conference facility.
TripAdvisor Travelers give this hotel an 82% approval rating. And AAA gives it 3 Diamonds. If you're a AAA member, be sure to ask for your special rate.
The Upham Hotel also operates a charming bed and breakfast right across the street from the hotel. The Upham Hotel's Country House is part of the Country House Inns, a chain of historic homes in resort areas.
Make your online reservations at The Upham Hotel and Country House, or call toll free: 800-999-5672 or locally: 805-963-2283.
Check TripAdvisor for a number of other Santa Barbara Bed & Breakfast Inns.
Santa Barbara accommodations include many privately owned rooms, condos and houses for vacation rental. If you really want to have that "living in Santa Barbara" experience, I highly recommend you try staying in a California beach vacation rental.
Renting a house for an extended stay can be more economical than staying at a hotel. Especially if you're traveling in a group of 4 or more. It's easy to find a private vacation rental with a full kitchen. Plan some meals at home to save money and stretch your vacation budget. See some incredible vacation rentals in Santa Barbara.
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If you're willing to stay in a dorm or group setting, you'll meet young, adventurous international travelers at Santa Barbara Tourist Hostel.
These Santa Barbara accommodations are recommended for younger travelers who are willing to compromise.
This is a hostel, not a hotel. As one guest put it, "Not bad. Not great."
Breakfast is free. The hostel is right across the tracks from Santa Barbara's train station, just steps away from the ocean. A few blocks away, there are plenty of Santa Barbara wineries, restaurants and bars to keep you entertained.
Dorm rates are as low as $22 per night. That could mean sleeping 12 to a room. Private room rates range from $65-$109. If you want private quarters, check around first before you make your hostel reservations.
For just a few dollars more per night, you could stay at one of the cheap hotels in Santa Barbara County. But if you're looking for the cheapest hotel by the beach, Santa Barbara Tourist Hostel has the lowest rates in the county.
Beach camping is a one-of-a-kind experience. The sun, sand and sound of the surf are the perfect ingredients for an unforgettable vacation. Camping is also one of the most affordable Santa Barbara accommodations.
There are so many places to camp in Santa Barbara County, it's impossible to pick the best place. In addition to the State and private beach campgrounds, there are several campgrounds in the Santa Ynez Valley. Two wilderness areas in Los Padres National Park are available for backcountry backpacking.
You can even camp out on the Channel Islands!
Reservations are required to guarantee a campsite in California. There are very few first-come-first-served campsites. And they're almost always full. So plan your camping trip well in advance. At least 6 months ahead of time.
Of all the beach campsites in Santa Barbara County, Refugio State Beach is at the top of my list. It's 20 miles west of Santa Barbara on Highway 101 at Refugio Road. Click here to download a Refugio campsite map.
Refugio has a good day-use area with parking lot access to the beach. You'll see many locals here, surfing, scuba-diving and fishing. There's also a 2.5-mile bike trail along the scenic south-facing bluff. The best oceanfront spots are #34, 35, 36, 60 & 61.
Ocean view from camp site #34
Be aware, this campground is very near train tracks and busy Highway 101. Trains come by all hours of the day and night. Bring earplugs!
For the current status of Refugio State Beach, please call (805) 968-1033. Follow this link to make your Refugio State Beach reservations online.
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