Good news for travelers visiting the Central Coast: Santa Barbara's gorgeous, white sand shoreline is fronted not so much by shops and restaurants, but by beach hotels of all sizes and levels of luxury. So if you want to be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves, it's very easy to arrange - no matter what your budget or the nature of your trip. Romantic weekend, family getaway or business trip, this list includes a beach hotel (or two) that will suit your needs and make your next visit to Santa Barbara a memorable one.
Do you like to be in the heart of the action when you travel? Then choosing a hotel on Cabrillo Boulevard, like Hotel Oceana, is the way to go. Hotels in this area are close to downtown and a waterfront shuttle provides easy access to area attractions, like Stearns Wharf and the Santa Barbara Zoo.
If you'd rather getaway from it all, book your stay at a secluded resort. The Bacara Resort and Spa occupies 78 acres of pristine northern coastline, making it the perfect hotel if your ideal vacation includes secluded beach walks and nature hikes.
Continue reading this list to discover more fantastic, beachfront options. Spend one night by the sand, and you'll understand why travel enthusiasts call Santa Barbara the "American Riviera."