Santa Barbara and the Central Coast Travel Guide

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Plan Your Santa Barbara and the Central Coast Vacation

Balmy weather, glorious beaches, crystal clear air, and serene landscapes have lured people to the Central Coast since prehistoric times. Today it’s also known for its farm-fresh bounty, from grapes vintners craft into world-class wines to strawberries and other produce chefs incorporate into distinctive cuisine. The scenic variety along the Pacific coast is equally impressive—you'll see everything from dramatic cliffs and grass-tufted bluffs to wildlife estuaries and miles of dunes. It's an ideal place to relax, slow down, and appreciate the sheer abundance of beauty.

Hotels

Santa Barbara and the Central Coast Hotels

Expect to pay top dollar for rooms along the shore, especially in summer. Moderately priced hotels and motels do... read more

Restaurants

Santa Barbara and the Central Coast Restaurants

The cuisine in Ventura and Santa Barbara is every bit as eclectic as it is in California's bigger cities; fresh seafood is a... read more

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Santa Barbara and the Central Coast Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Incredible nature: Much of the Central Coast looks as wild and wonderful as it did centuries ago. The area is home to Channel... Read more

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