Located just three hours from our JUCY LA branch, Santa Barbara is an amazing coastal town known as the American Riviera - thanks to its beautiful beaches and Spanish-style houses and streets. It's the perfect first place to stop if you're heading up the Pacific Coast Highway.
If you're looking for some ideas on how to spend your day in Santa Barbara, read on!
1. Go to a movie
Ok so it doesn't sound like the best way to spend some time on your holiday, but take a look at how incredibly amazing the cinema is and I think I'll have you convinced! This beautiful building was built in 1931 as the Arlington Theater - following an earthquake in 1925 much of the town was rebuilt in this Spanish Colonial-revival style, and it still looks amazing today.
2. Head to the Santa Barbara Public Market
Open almost around the clock, this stunning building is home to some great food and drink stalls. Stop in for a coffee or juice before strolling the streets of Santa Barbara!
3. Check out the Salt Cave
The Salt Cave is firmly in the weird and wonderful category, but it's not t
o be missed! With lots of sessions per day and an easy online booking process (check out Groupon too!) you simply head into the cave and relaaaaaaaaaaax. The atmosphere is infused with micro-particles of salt that can be easily absorbed through the skin and deep into the lungs, and is said to assist breathing. A great way to refresh your body before getting back on the road.
4. Walk the main street
State St is a place I could have spent hours wandering. It's full of beautiful old buildings, alleyways, flowerpots, interesting characters, and even more interesting stores. Allow a few hours to wander in the sunshine with a take out coffee - there's local options aplenty well beyond just Starbucks!
5. Catch a sunset
Pretty self-explanatory, but definitely not one to miss. While Shoreline Park is the obvious place to see a Santa Barbara sundown, I recommend driving a little further to Arroyo Burro Beach - get there early as parking is a bit tight, but it's totally worth it.