5 Activities to Cool Off in Santa Barbara this Summer

As the hot months of summer roll around, thousands of people are making their plans to visit Santa Barbara to seek refuge from the heat. Among beautiful beaches and exciting establishments, you will find countless ways to stay cool this summer. Here are some activities that are sure to keep you comfortable while providing a great time in this amazing city.

Visit Santa Claus Beach

Because you will find endless stretches of beautiful beach, this category could be more generally summed up by saying, “visit any beach.” But still, Santa Claus Beach is a unique one that everyone should visit at some point. Unlike many of the most popular beaches in Santa Barbara, Santa Claus Beach offers great seclusion and peace. It is just down the coast from the heart of the city in a little beach town called Carpinteria. Once you find yourself here, there are countless ways to spend a day enjoying the refreshing ocean breezes and cool waters.

Explore a Museum

Santa Barbara is not simply a beautiful place, but an old city that is home to an incredible history and a resultant vibrant culture. One of the ways to stay cool this summer while exploring these elements is by visiting one of the city’s amazing museum’s. You will find a museum focusing on practically every subject imaginable focused on life in this coastal city. Visit the Carriage and Western Art Museum for something truly unique.

Feast

Any vacation destination would not be complete without a wide range of dining options. Santa Barbara does not disappoint in this regard with amazing eateries focusing on every type of cuisine you can think of. The mixture of great food, ambiance and amazing views makes for a relaxing experience that is sure to cool anyone off. Downtown Santa Barbara and alongside the harbor are great places to find some of Santa Barbara’s most popular restaurants and bars.

Shop

Santa Barbara has become somewhat of a mecca of shopping over the years. Throughout the charming city streets of downtown and the quieter nooks of some of the little beach villages around offer everything from national brands to local artisans. Whether you are looking for something in particular or you just want to explore some of the most diverse shops you will find anywhere, you will find a fun day and cool day shopping Santa Barbara.

Visit Wine Country

For a day spent away from the beach among the beautiful sites and cool breezes of the Santa Ynez Mountains, you can explore one of California’s best wine valleys. You can pick one winery and spend the day or organize a tour of the entire valley. Whatever you choose to do, it is sure to be a lovely day spent cooling off.

While the summer in Santa Barbara is certainly not unbearable, it is always good to have a few ideas regarding staying cool on vacation. This is a good list but there is plenty more to keep you busy and keep you cool.