Most Romantic Spots to Make Out in Santa Barbara

It's no surprise that so many people get married in Santa Barbara. This California beach town is a lovers' paradise. Fresh ocean breezes, sawing palms, sunny skies and glorious sunsets are par for the course here. 

Regular folks tie the knot in Santa Barbara every weekend. And so do celebrities. Drew Barrymore got married here, so did Laurence Olivier and Fergie (not to each other, of course). Even Kim Kardashian celebrated her nuptials in Santa Barbara... the second time around.

But, wait, dear reader! We may be putting the cart before the horse. Not everyone who visits Santa Barbara is getting hitched.

Are you planning a romantic trip to Santa Barbara? A weekend with your special someone, perhaps, but without the fanfare of a wedding?

We've got you covered.

If you're looking for a place to make out in Santa Barbara, this is the list for you. Whether you prefer a little al fresco smooch or carefully coordinated magic moment, this list of the 10 most romantic attractions in Santa Barbara will steer you in the right direction. Lock lips in a helicopter, steal a caress in the clock tower... this guide is essentially the choose-your-own-adventure version of a romantic novel. 

So what will it be, Romeo?

For couples looking for a romantic wine country experience, Rusack Vineyards is the perfect place for a picnic with a view. Being on the smaller side for a vineyard (situated on just 48 acres), Rusack crafts their wines using both estate grapes...  Read More

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Ride the prettiest - and only - carousel in town at Chase Palm Park. This 10-acre park's landscaped grounds stretch along Cabrillo Boulevard across from the ocean and incorporate both an older footprint and a new addition. Trails accommodate...  Read More

For a date that's out of this world, why not steal a kiss than inside the city's only planetarium? A giant skeleton of a baby blue whale (his name is Chad) greets you at the entrance to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, letting you...  Read More

Pack a picnic and head over to the courthouse to enjoy one of the prettiest public gardens in the area. In fact, Santa Barbara's historic Spanish-Moorish style courthouse is considered one of the most beautiful government buildings in America....  Read More

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Arlington Theatre

For a cozy afternoon at the theater, you should visit the Arlington. Crowned by a grand tower and a red tile roof, this elegant place is a gem of Spanish Revival architecture. Built in 1931 for Fox West Coast Theaters, the Arlington is a little...  Read More

You won't find much in the way of amenities at this lovely beach, which is a bit ironic considering that it's across the street from the esteemed Four Seasons Biltmore. Nevertheless, the sweep of sand is ideal for lying in the sun, and the ocean...  Read More

This is the best cheap date in town! Possibly the most wondrous of all natural wonders in Santa Barbara, the Coronado Butterfly Preserve is a place where - from late October through early March - monarch butterflies migrate to spend the winter....  Read More

Santa Ynez

Jeep wine tour? Walking wine tour? Anyone can do that. How about a horseback wine tour? Now that's the stuff that lifelong memories are made of! If you're looking for a Central Coast vineyard experience that is unforgettable, this is it. Hit the...  Read More

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Take to the high seas with your sweetheart. Santa Barbara is a great place to go whale watching, and the Condor Express is one of the best loved tours around. For over 30 years, the Condor Express crew has been setting out to sea in search of...  Read More

Head over heels and over the moon? Take your love to the skies for a surprisingly reasonable price with Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours. View Santa Barbara's breathtaking coastline from miles above and go home with incredible photos or video of...  Read More


Meet Geneva Ives

Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva