Planning your next trip to Santa Barbara?

If you’re planning your next adventure to Santa Barbara, you’re in for a treat! The American Riviera, as it is fondly called, has been a destination for many travelers all over the world. With its stunning beaches, lush wineries, historic landmarks, and vibrant nightlife, Santa Barbara caters to everyone’s interests.

But before you start packing, you should know we are a very casual town!

We’ve rounded up essential items that you should bring to make your trip to Santa Barbara even more enjoyable. Plus, we have links to local events and popular things to do in the area. And if you’re still looking for accommodations, check out our vacation rentals here in Santa Barbara. Let’s get started!

1. Sunblock and Sunglasses
Santa Barbara boasts of its year-round Mediterranean climate, with plenty of sunny days perfect for outdoor activities. That’s why it’s crucial to bring sunblock with at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. And don’t forget to bring sunglasses and a hat, especially when you’re heading to the beach or going on a hike.

2. Comfortable Clothing and Footwear
Since most activities in Santa Barbara involve walking, it’s essential to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Pack airy and light clothes for hotter days, and lightweight jackets for cooler evenings. If you’re planning to go on a hike, bring sturdy and supportive shoes. And if you’re up for some water activities, don’t forget to pack your bathing suits and flip flops.

3. Power up that phone for Incredible Photos…don’t forget chargers too!
Santa Barbara is a visually stunning place, with breathtaking sunsets, majestic mountains, picturesque vineyards, and beautiful flora and fauna. That’s why making sure your phone or camera is ready and charged to capture those memorable moments. Don’t forget to pack all your needed chargers as well.

4. Cash and Credit Cards
Most establishments in Santa Barbara accept credit cards, but it’s better to bring cash for small purchases and tipping. You never know when you need to pay for parking, street performers, or unexpected expenses. Bringing multiple cards or notifying your bank about your travel plans will also come in handy.

Once you have packed all of your essentials, it’s time to start planning your itinerary.

Santa Barbara provides a plethora of natural wonders, activities, historical landmarks, and family-friendly attractions, all bursting with California charm. If you want to enjoy the sea and sand, head over to Stearns Wharf, which is a beautiful pier overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It’s an excellent spot for fishing, restaurants and shopping. Make it a point to visit the Santa Barbara Mission, a towering structure that stands as the cornerstone of the town’s cultural heritage, with a secular museum that provides insight into the region’s history.

Another great option that can be found in Santa Barbara is State Street, which is the city’s main shopping hub and an excellent spot for nightlife. Some of the main attractions to explore are the Museum of Art, the Granada Theatre, and the Arlington Theatre. If you are in the mood for some vineyard hopping, the Funk Zone is where you should be heading, adjacent to West Beach. Or head out to the Channel Islands for hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking.

To make your stay even more enjoyable, choose a vacation rental offered by Haller Coastal Homes. We provide all the basics you need and more! Each of our homes comes complete with the basics including high end toiletries, hairdryers (save space in those bags) and lots of towels as well as washing machines and dryers. We provide basic beach items and provide everything you need to make coffee and tea while stocking the essentials to BBQ or cook one terrific meal.

Even better, we are available to our guests 24/7 should any issue come up during your stay in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara has so much to offer, from scenic spots to thrilling activities. Bringing the right essentials, researching for local events, and choosing cozy accommodations will guarantee a memorable trip. So pack up your bags, snap those pictures, and get ready to create an exceptional vacation full of lifelong memories that you can treasure forever.

Happy travels!