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Santa Barbara Vacation: Coronavirus Information

Most Santa Barbara hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.

For more information about the impact of COVID-19 on your Santa Barbara trip, please visit our Coronavirus Information page (opens in new window).

Santa Barbara Vacation

Santa Barbara Beach Vacation

A Santa Barbara vacation is the perfect time to kick back and relax. Whether you like the idea of lazing by the water or wandering along the shoreline looking for seashells, a trip to Santa Barbara will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. If you'd rather be near the city center, stay in the vicinity of Carpinteria State Beach. This stretch of coast is just 11 miles (17 km) away. We also have Santa Barbara packages within easy reach of Goleta Beach and El Capitan State Beach, two other gorgeous nearby options.

Things You Should Know About Santa Barbara

  • Held the 4th of July every year, Independence Day is cause for great celebration. Arrange your Santa Barbara vacation around this date and be a part of one of the most happening events in United States of America.
  • Before you set off, see if it's possible to swap some cash for U.S dollars. It's always smart to arrive in a foreign place with some local notes and coins in your travel wallet. Want a simple way to stretch your dollar? Our Santa Barbara packages will save you loads of money and time!
  • You won't be short of friends to hang out with in Santa Barbara. Approximately 91,800 people call this beautiful place their home.
  • Check off the most visited sights in the area, like University of California-Santa Barbara. With our selection of Santa Barbara vacation deals, you'll be able to have more unforgettable experiences with the money you save.

Save Time and Money with Santa Barbara Packages

What is the best way to save money on my Santa Barbara vacation?

It's so easy to save with our Santa Barbara vacation packages. Combine your flights, hotel and extras (like tours and car rental) and save as much as $583. Expedia has 550 partner airlines and 1,000,000 properties around the world to pick from, so you're certainly not short on choice! On top of that, you'll be glad to know there's no cancellation fee on most reservations if you need to change your plans.

Which airports can I fly into for a Santa Barbara vacation?

Santa Barbara, CA Airport (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) has 872 flights per month. It's likely you'll be flying into or out of here on your trip to Santa Barbara.

What are the most popular types of hotels for a trip to Santa Barbara?

With such a range of popular hotels and private vacation homes to choose from, travelers to Santa Barbara aren't short on choice. They're certainly two of the top options. If none of those jump out at you, perhaps you'll discover something that's more your style in our motels and bed & breakfasts.

What does a vacation booking with Expedia include?

With our Santa Barbara vacation deals, you can score discounts on just about anything. There are the things you'd expect, such as flights and hotels, but why not book a nice set of wheels to cruise around in while you're at it? And, if you like the idea of having your activities and experiences settled before you set off, we have those too. Lock in a combination or any of these as a stand-alone. Chart your own course!

What are the best things to do in Santa Barbara?

A dream vacation is a combination of enjoying your favorite pastimes and saying yes to new adventures. On your trip to Santa Barbara, there'll be plenty of opportunities for both. See what tickles your fancy by taking a look at this list:

For more options, check out our Santa Barbara things to do page.



*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on Expedia.com from January through December 2020, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages. For Free Flight or 100% Off Flight deals, package savings is greater than or equal to the current cost of one component, when both are priced separately.

What are the advantages of a road trip to Santa Barbara? 

There’s nothing quite like a Santa Barbara road trip. And Expedia makes it easy for you to turn all those road trip ideas into reality. You can find cheap deals on hotels in Santa Barbara or bundle your hotels with car rentals to save even more. With our Santa Barbara packages, you’ll find hitting the highway for that road trip adventure is more affordable than ever.  

How to plan a road trip to Santa Barbara? 

Planning a road trip can feel daunting, especially when you’ll be making multiple bookings for your itinerary. But you can find car rentals and low rates on hotels all in one place— Expedia. How you plan your road trip depends on what’s important to you. People love to take road trips to experience the great outdoors, bond with friends or family and see more of the world. When planning, bundle your car rental and hotel into one discounted package to maximize savings on both. Or, leave room for spontaneity, booking what you need when you need it with our last-minute deals.  

What to do on a road trip to Santa Barbara? 

When taking a road trip adventure, it’s best to plan how you want to spend your time on your road trip itinerary. We don’t want you to miss out on any of the best things to do in Santa Barbara. You can book all the road trip activities on your Santa Barbara wishlist, and even plan activities along your route as well.  

How to rent a car for a road trip to Santa Barbara? 

For an epic road trip, you'll need the perfect car. Renting a car for a road trip is the best option that doesn’t put miles or strain on your vehicle, and especially when it's also so affordable. Because when you book on Expedia, it doesn't need to be expensive. You can pick up a cheap car rental and head out to one of these incredible vacation rentals in Santa Barbara. And when you bundle car rentals with hotel stays, you'll save even more on each part of your journey.


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Best Lodging Options Near Santa Barbara

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Chumash Casino Resort $104
Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020
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Chumash Casino Resort

Chumash Casino Resort

3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA
     
    4.5 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    My stay at Chumash Casino Resort overall was very nice! I love the security measures they had for the hotel section. Using your room key for access of the area made me feel secure and the IDing. The room was nice as well but the TV didn’t work and one of the bed frames where loose with screws visible. ...

    Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort $183
    Reviewed on Aug 8, 2020
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    Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

    Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

    633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
       
      4.0 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      I’m sure this hotel is full of amenities and fun when we’re not in a global pandemic, but it was difficult to get a good meal at the hotel. Other than that, I really enjoyed our stay. Great location. Super nice and accommodating staff. I definitely want to stay again when the hotel is fully ...

      Hotel Corque $104
      Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020
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      Hotel Corque

      Hotel Corque

      400 Alisal Rd., Solvang, CA
         
        4.6 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        I enjoyed the property. Room was nice and clean. Staff was helpful and courteous. Only negative was I mistakenly booked a king and I needed two beds and they weren’t flexible in switching the room. They did however offer a rollaway at no charge.

        The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara $449
        Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020
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        The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

        The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

        8301 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA
           
          4.3 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Beautiful property with wonderful pool amenities even during the social distancing guide lines.

          Rosewood Miramar Beach $806
          Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020
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          Rosewood Miramar Beach

          Rosewood Miramar Beach

          1759 South Jameson Lane, Montecito, Santa Barbara, CA
             
            4.7 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Wish more amenities were open. Great hospitality!

            Sideways Inn $109
            Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020
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            Sideways Inn

            Sideways Inn

            114 E Highway 246, Buellton, CA
               
              4.5 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The bed was very comfortable and clean. The room was quiet and pleasant

              Hyatt Place Santa Barbara $161
              Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020
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              Hyatt Place Santa Barbara

              Hyatt Place Santa Barbara

              4111 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
                 
                4.1 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Property was clean and new. My only gripes were the extremely small parking under the hotel I've been in tight places in Hawaii parking but this here I had to do the Austin Powers 20 point turn also the windows in the rooms cannot open so no fresh air.... But other than that fantastic!

                Inn By The Harbor $161
                Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020
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                Inn By The Harbor

                Inn By The Harbor

                433 W Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Good location-close to beach. Very nice courtyard. Really enjoyed the pool and jacuzzi. The front desk staff were very helpful and friendly. Bikes are available for all day use at no cost. That was a nice perk.

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