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 on the sand, 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?

Rusack Vineyards is best known for their red wines, especially Pinot Noir and Syrah. Being on the smaller side for a vineyard (situated on just 48 acres), Rusack crafts their wines using both estate grapes and locally sourced varietals from some...  Read More

Municipal Winemakers
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Municipal Winemakers is the brainchild of Dave Potter, a well-traveled winemaker who also produces wine for one of the area's largest commercial vineyards. Potter's efforts for Municipal are more intimate, producing 600 or so cases of wine a...  Read More

A giant skeleton of a baby blue whale greets you at the entrance to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, letting you know that you have arrived at a magical place dedicated to the wonders of nature. Occupying eleven acres in historic...  Read More

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
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A local museum that enjoys a national reputation, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art offers a rare display of the artistic achievements of a variety of cultures and periods. Home to 27,000+ works of art (not including traveling exhibitions), this...  Read More

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This 10-acre park's landscaped grounds stretch along Cabrillo Boulevard and incorporate both an older footprint and a new addition. Trails accommodate bikers and rollerbladers, a skateboarding park is available, and beautifully landscaped open...  Read More


Built in 1872 to handle incoming freight and passengers, Stearns Wharf is one of the West Coast's oldest wooden piers. These days, following renovations in 1982, the wharf is a magnet for tourists, who come to gaze out on the sea and shop the...  Read More

Considered one of the most beautiful government buildings in America, Santa Barbara's historic Spanish-Moorish style courthouse draws thousands of visitors each year and is actually the second courthouse on this site, constructed after an...  Read More

Possibly the most wonderous of all natural wonders in Santa Barbara, California. The Coronado Butterfly Preserve is a place where - from late October through early March - monarch butterflies migrate to spend the winter. They hang in clumps and...  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

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Arlington Theatre

Crowned by a grand tower and a red tile roof, this elegant theater is a gem of Spanish Revival architecture. Built in 1931 for Fox West Coast Theaters, the Arlington continues an Iberian theme inside. The auditorium itself mimics a courtyard,...  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

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