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A great day at the beach can start with an amazing breakfast and cup of coffee, or finish with a delicious lunch from a local café. When you’re ready to pause the sightseeing and grab a beverage or a snack, make sure to put these charming coffee shops in Santa Barbara on your itinerary!

Handlebar Coffee Roasters

128 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(719) 201-3931
7 AM to 5 PM Daily

Terrific for kicking off a day of exploring downtown Santa Barbara or heading to the beach, this coffeeshop was founded by two former professional cyclists that settled down in Santa Barbara after years of traveling and even racing in Europe! The coffee shop has a modern and laid-back feel that perfectly captures the Santa Barbara vibe. There’s a small breakfast menu that includes options like granola and yogurt, avocado toast, and huevos de la vina, organic eggs and arugula served on char-grilled sourdough bread. Handlebar roasts their beans weekly, with sources from Central and South America, and Africa.

Jeannine’s Bakery

15 E Figueroa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2781
7 AM to 2 PM Daily

The first thing you might notice about Jeannine’s is the stylish indoor space, but we’re certain after trying some of their delectable menu items you’ll leave with memories of the food occupying your mind! Serving up gourmet breakfast dishes, sandwiches, and salads there’s something on the menu for everyone, whether you’re looking for a lighter fare or something indulgent like the Banana Kahlua French Toast. Make sure to grab a seat on their adorable patio if the weather permits, with ivy covered walls and a design style that will make you feel like you’re sitting outside a European street café.

Lilac Patisserie

1017 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2710
Sunday-Friday: 8 AM to 5 PM Saturday: 8 AM to 7 PM

This bright and cheery bakery and café sells a selection of decadent cakes for special occasions (or when you’re just feeling like you’d like to treat yourself!) as well as lighter daytime fare for breakfast and lunch. Start off the day right with their Fresh Berry Bowl, farm fresh berries with yogurt or whipped cream. They also feature a breakfast sandwich, omelet, and Quiche Du Jour that can be found on both the breakfast and lunch menus. In addition to fresh soups, salads, and sandwiches, you can finish your visit with one of their colorful and house-made desserts.

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When you come to Santa Barbara this year, set aside some time between beach visits and seafood delights to delve deeper into the culture of the city. There are some hidden gems here of a unique nature that you’d love to see while you’re in town. Anyone can tell you to visit the beach, but only Santa Barbara locals know about these secret treasures:

Santa Barbara Surfing Museum

As a city famous for its beautiful and active coastline, surfing has long been a favorite pastime here for locals and tourists alike. Take a beach day to try surfing while you’re here, and afterward, take the family to get acquainted with the history of surfing at the interesting Santa Barbara Surfing Museum. The sport of surfing is actually very ancient—dating back all the way before 1000 BC—and you’ll get to explore this rich cultural history in one of the most unique museum experiences you’ll ever encounter. This is definitely one of the best Santa Barbara activities that you should experience!

Knapp’s Castle

This is a popular hiking destination, but you won’t be coming here just for plant life or water, like so many other hikes. This hike is special. At one point in time, the Santa Barbara Hills were home to a rich tycoon whose house fell to a forest fire in 1940, just weeks after he sold it. What was left behind after the fire was only the haunting skeletal structure of a once beautiful building. Today, it provides you with an excuse to go on a fun day hike in a lovely natural environment, and an interesting place to stop and eat your lunch at once you arrive. You don’t often get to explore the ruins of an age gone by.

Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

Orchids are one of the most beloved flowers out there, and for good reason. With their gorgeous white and royal purple color palette and the pleasant aroma they give off, they’re popular around the globe. Check out the collection here at the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, which has been open since 1957 and houses over a thousand varieties of orchids. Feel free to explore the estate, which spans over five acres, and buy your loved one an orchid to take back and keep in a pretty vase in your rental home during your visit.

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Fall in Santa Barbara is a beautiful and exciting affair. When your family comes to visit us in Santa Barbara, you’re going to be so happy about all the different family activities you can experience during your kids’ fall break from school. Here’s a helpful list of some of our favorite things to do with our families this time of year:

Family-Friendly Eateries

When you’re searching for a restaurant to bring to family to, give a thought to Mesa Bar & Cafe. They open early and stay up late, and there’s something on the menu for the whole family. Try Javier’s French Toast for breakfast, or the Mesa Fish Tacos for lunch, or the Cajun Jambalaya for dinner. Your kids will love the Homemade Chocolate Cake or the warm Apple Pie for dessert. If you can never get enough of the beach, you’ll want to have a meal or three at the Shoreline Beach Cafe, where the food is even better than the ocean view.

Activities Every Age Group Can Enjoy

Take the Santa Barbara Trolley Tour, where you can either get a 90-minute overview of the entire American Riveria, or you can hop on and off at your heart’s desires! You’ll see more places than you can count, like the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Santa Barbara Zoo, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. You might want to jump off the tour and visit a couple of these places as you pass by! They’re all great places to take the family for a couple hours of fun.

Relaxing Together

If you want a nice and quiet day on the beach, your best bet is Leadbetter Beach. With cozy picnic areas, soft sand, and plenty of room, it’s the peak family experience that you’re looking for when you head down to the water. If you have a dog, consider heading to Arroyo Beach, where you can let your four-legged family members off the leash to splash around and have fun with the kids. If you want to go bike riding (a great family activity), head over to Butterfly Beach, where the bike path is abundant with flowers and butterflies, right along the water.

Here at Paradise Retreats we know all about family fun, and we’ll put that knowledge to good use in finding you the perfect vacation home for your family. Just call us today at 1-805-275-1851 to get started.

Santa Barbara is one of the finest cities you can visit on the West Coast during the fall season. There’s so much to do here that you’ll be busy dawn to dusk! Not to mention the gorgeous weather, beautiful landscape, and the cultural liveliness that gets even sharper this time of year. Here are our favorite ways to enjoy the fall season here:

Take the Santa Barbara Wine Tour and Picnic

Add some class to your vacation with a gourmet picnic lunch with this high-class excursion through Santa Barbara Classic Wine Tours. It’s a small group tour, so you’ll feel relaxed and pampered the entire time, and you’ll get to taste some of the finest wines in all of California. You’ll even be picked up in a Mercedes-Bens, and you’ll get to relax and enjoy the Santa Barbara scenery without having to lift a finger. How much classier can you get?

Go Kayaking on the Sea

Santa Barbara Adventure Company will take you on a tour of the Pacific Ocean itself, via kayak. If you’re looking to break free of the beach and get out on the waves, this is the day trip for you. Kayaking is a great autumn option when the sea is starting to cool off and you don’t want to spend six hours of your day swimming. Enjoy the sea in a new way by paddling out onto the waves with the whole family!

Hike up to Inspiration Point

Get your blood flowing with one of the most rewarding hikes in Santa Barbara. You have a choice between a short 3.5-mile trail or a longer 7-mile trail, which means you can make this a quick stop or a longer excursion. Pack a lunch if you’re planning on tackling the 7-mile trail because you’ll want to stay awhile once you reach Inspiration Point. It’s a beautiful outlook overlooking the entirety of the coastline, and one of the nicest places in the area for a photo op. This is one of the best Santa Barbara activities according to tourists!

Go Whale Watching

It’s a great time of year to charter a boat and head out onto the waves and see the whales! Condor Express Whale Watching Tours is a great option. If you want to see the sea creatures that migrate through the California waters in the fall, this is the best possible way to do it.

Your Fall Fun Begins Now

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One of the most popular pastimes year-round with locals and tourists in Santa Barbara is fishing. The Large Santa Barbara Channel is the perfect location to reel in big catches and have a relaxing day at your favorite fishing hole. Several spots in Santa Barbara have become more popular for their abundance of fish and higher likelihood to reel in a big one. Here are the top Santa Barbara fishing spots:

Arroyo Burro Beach Park

One of the most popular beach parks in Santa Barbara can be found at Arroyo Burro Beach Park. Also known as Hendry’s Beach, this local attraction allows you to watch the sunset, go swimming, learn to surf, go whale watching, and last but not least have fun fishing. Many locals enjoy fishing at Arroyo Burro due to how easy it is to get there and set up your gear. While you can easily fish right off the coast, you will have even more luck trying to land your big catch further out in the water.

Refugio State Beach

A short trip down the coast will land you at Refugio State Beach, another incredible coastal fishing spot. Refugio State Beach is more tropical looking thanks to the local palm trees and has lifeguards on site year-round to protect any swimmers. While the beach is narrow, you can toss your line in from any point. Make sure to watch out for snorkelers in the water as the beach is a popular swimming destination.

Cachuma Lake

Not all fishing done in Santa Barbara is off the Santa Barbara Channel. In fact, incredible fishing conditions can be found year round nearby at Cachuma Lake. This lake is one of the finest fishing locations in all of Southern California with a deep and rocky topography that allows plenty of room for the fish to thrive. Fish are replenished each year by the state, giving the lake plenty of “catchables” and trophies for you to reel in. Cachuma Lake is known for its rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and catfish; the current record for a catfish trophy is at over 32 pounds!

Enjoy Your Fishing Excursion to Santa Barbara

These are just a few of the incredible fishing locales you can enjoy when visiting Santa Barbara. Remain comfortable between your fishing excursions in our luxury vacation rentals found around Santa Barbara. You will have plenty of room in the gourmet kitchens to cook up your catch of the day. Let us find you the perfect rental for your Santa Barbara getaway today!

Take advantage of the three-day Labor Day Weekend this year by planning a trip to one of the most beautiful and fun-filled cities on the west coast. Santa Barbara is lovely in September, so what better time to come visit? While you’re here, you’ll want to make the most of the long weekend. Here are some ideas for attractions to hit each day for you Santa Barbara Labor Day Weekend.


Plan to spend your first day in Santa Barbara at the beach, because you’ll be so excited to get to the water that you’ll just have to! Try Butterfly Beach for a relaxing scene, East Beach if you’re into beach volleyball, or Arroyo Burro Beach if you’re bringing your family dog along. Plan for something exciting while you’re there, too. You can swim all morning and soak up the sun, but sooner or later you’ll want to do something adventurous. Rent stand-up paddleboards for you and your family or take some surf lessons.


Book a daytime whale watching tour with Condor Express so you can head out onto the ocean waves and see some of the most incredible sights Santa Barbara has to offer. There’s nothing more exciting than whale the whales breaching and lobtailing on the open seas. In the afternoon, you can enjoy the sights on land by taking a short and totally-worth-it hike to the 80-foot waterfall at Nojoqui Falls. In the evening, snag some tickets to see a show at the famous Granada Theatre.


You’ll probably be tired from all the adventuring, so why not do some shopping on the last day? Check out the Paseo Nuevo open-air mall, where you can explore for hours and still have more to see. This is also a great day to visit some museums. You won’t want to miss out on MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, which offers a unique and interactive approach to the art of science museums. As night approaches, you’ll want to enjoy the beach one last time. Try picking a beach you haven’t been to yet since Santa Barbara has so many to offer!

Where Do I Start?

The first thing you’ll want to do is find the best place to stay for you and your family! Paradise Retreats can help you find that perfect rental home. Just give us a call today at 1-805-275-1851 and we can help you get started on your Santa Barbara getaway.