Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful destinations along the entire coast of California. As such, it receives countless visitors throughout the year, especially during the summer. But the great thing about Santa Barbara is there is not a single bad time of year to visit. As fall comes around, the city does not enjoy its highest tourism boom, but this is perhaps the best time of year to visit. Here are a few reasons why.
You can always count on the weather in Santa Barbara. It is consistently sunny with highs ranging from the high 60s to low 70s. These averages, paired with cool ocean breezes, make this city an absolute paradise throughout the whole year, including the fall.
A Wine Country Bursting with Color
The Santa Barbara area is home to one of the most vibrant wine-countries in the country in the Santa Ynez Mountains just to the northwest of the city. While the beaches and city streets of Santa Barbara seem to be in a perpetual state of summer, a short trip to the vineyards and wineries shows endless sycamore, cottonwood, and liquidambar trees bursting with the beautiful colors of autumn, which set the stage to enjoy some of the most sought-after wines in the country.
While the crowds flock to Santa Barbara during the summer, the same cannot be said for the best waves. The positioning of the area on the coast results in the best point-breaks remaining dormant during the summer and spring. However, during the fall, this area becomes a surfer’s dream, as massive swells consistently roll in. El Capitan State Beach is one of the best places to take advantage of this.
Santa Barbara Brew Festival and More
This is a celebration of beer, food, and music Santa Barbara style, which means it is taking place right by the ocean! On October 7th, 2017, you can enjoy unique pours from countless local breweries, along with upbeat musical performances. But there is so much more where this festival came from in Santa Barbara, as the city will be home to countless celebrations of culture, food, music, and just about everything else you can imagine before the fall is over.
It is amazing that you can enjoy all of the amazing benefits of a Santa Barbara fall with a small fraction of the crowds that you would see during the summer. This means quieter beaches, less crowded waters for swimming and surfing, ease in getting into wine tastings and restaurants, and so much more!
There certainly is no wrong time to visit Santa Barbara, but the fall is very likely the best time to visit this beautiful city and surrounding area. If you are looking to plan a vacation for the fall, make it a Santa Barbara vacation—one that you will never forget!