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Craving enchiladas? This authentic Mexican stop, known for its salsa bar and margaritas, is just what you’re looking for.
Lure Fish House
Stop by for fish tacos, mussels, or charbroiled oysters at this elevated seafood restaurant, which serves seasonal, locally-caught fish whenever possible.
Toma Restaurant and Bar
Take in spectacular views of the sunset as you sip a glass of fine wine at this waterfront Italian restaurant. Their refined takes on ravioli, grilled octopus, and flatbreads makes this a must-visit.
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If you can get a reservation, don’t hesitate to grab a table at this acclaimed Japanese restaurant, where multi-course meals of upscale Japanese fare include traditionally-prepared cod, sashimi, and sushi.
Old Mission Santa Barbara 1786
Founded in 1786, this picturesque chapel is still occupied by Franciscan friars, and stands as an icon of the region. Take a 90-minute tour led by a friar to canvas the entire site, including the library and Sacred Garden.
Santa Barbara County Courthouse Gardens
Ascend the clock tower for 360-degree views of Santa Barbara from this landmark of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, which features a red-tiled roof and a sunken garden beneath palm trees.
Santa Barbara Harbor
Plan a day of kayaking, an educational afternoon at the Maritime Museum, or dinner at a waterfront restaurant by the harbor. It’s just five miles east from our hotel.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Home to a planetarium, a 74-foot-long blue whale skeleton, and a collection of 3.5 million research objects, the museum also hosts interactive exhibits that showcase a wide range of local plant and animal life.
The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Take a campus visit for your student to simply explore the beautiful UCSB grounds steps away from the Pacific Ocean with views of the stunning Santa Ynez mountains.