Santa Barbara Beach Hotels Offer More than Sea Breezes and Sunshine

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."







The Inn at East Beach is a surprising budget find just steps away from, well, East Beach. This hip motel has a retro flare with amenities unusual for its price bracket. For example, if you're headed to the beach, stop at the front desk to pick...  Read More



The family-friendly Ala Mar Motel allows you to book beachfront accommodations at reasonable rates, starting at just $85 during the low season. It is located one short block from Stearns Wharf and a quick trolley ride - or brisk walk - from...  Read More



The Best Western Beachside Inn welcomes you with all of the comfort and ease you have come to expect from a Best Western hotel combined with the sunny ocean views that have made Santa Barbara famous among travelers worldwide. Rooms include...  Read More



The Harbor View Inn Santa Barbara is a luxury resort boutique hotel with one of the best locations in town. Just steps from the beach, the Harbor View Inn is also a short walk away from Santa Barbara shopping and nightlife. And if you don't feel...  Read More



Enjoy ocean views, sea breezes and Mediterranean-style surroundings at the West Beach Inn, a Coast Hotel property. Located just across the street from the volleyball courts at Santa Barbara's West Beach, the West Beach Inn offers guests the...  Read More



Located in sunny West Beach - a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood - Hotel Milo is luxury boutique hotel situated between the Santa Barbara Harbor and Stearns Wharf, directly across from a wide, white sand beach. Rooms boast fine linens, iPod...  Read More



This particular Motel 6 deserves special consideration. Why? Well because it's actually the original Motel 6, opened in 1962. That's right, the very first one! (Rooms were $6 a night, hence the name. Unfortunately, reservations costs a little...  Read More



For a little beachside pampering, book your stay at Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort, a luxury resort directly across from the beach and just half a mile from downtown Santa Barbara. All rooms include a private balcony or patio, making it the...  Read More



When you're ready to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, look no further than the Bacara Resort and Spa. Located on 78 acres acres of pristine coastline on Santa Barbara's northern shore, The Bacara offers you a taste of unbridled luxury....  Read More



If your hotel checklist looks something like this - beachfront, exclusive amenities, possible celebrity sightings, ridiculous levels of hospitality - then the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is where you want to stay. One of the...  Read More


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