10 best things to do in Santa Barbara

Enjoy these activities listed below by reserving items available on MARCO!

  1. Beaches

Grab a towel and sunscreen because there are many beautiful beaches to lounge on. Our favorites are Butterfly beach in Montecito and Leadbetter beach at the end of State St.

2. State St.

Speaking of State Street, Lower State St. is lined with fashion boutiques, coffee shops, and fantastic restaurants, all in a uniquely Santa Barbara Spanish architecture style. Make sure you walk all the way down towards the Harbor and onto Stearns Wharf.

3. Sunset Cruise

Take in the mountains and city at sunset by boat. If you’re lucky you might see dolphins and other wildlife. Santa Barbara Sailing Center offers boats you can reserve with MARCO!

4. Funk Zone

Head to the eclectic Funk Zone District with art galleries, wine tasting rooms, and even more restaurants. Don’t miss the colorful murals on some of the side streets!

5. Surfing

While Santa Barbara offers some world class surf breaks, anyone can try catching a wave at beginner breaks like Leadbetter Beach just at the end of State Street or Santa Claus Beach in Carpinteria, just a short drive south from downtown Santa Barbara.

6. Santa Ynez

Also within short driving distance, the Santa Ynez Valley is famous for its world-class wineries. While you’re there, check out Solvang, a quaint Danish village nearby.

7. Biking

There’s no shortage of places to bike around the area. Cruise along the waterfront, cycle along the winding country roads, or drop down backcountry trails.

8. The Mission

Take a self guided tour of one of best examples of California’s 21 original Spanish Missions.

9. Museum of Art

Home to more than 27,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years rivaling museums of large cities.

10. Exploring the Backcountry

For the slightly more adventurous type, explore the Santa Ynez Mountains Backcountry with no shortage of camp sites as well as hiking and mountain bike trails. Our favorite trail is Montecito Peak offering panoramic views at the summit.