Traveling solo can be a truly wonderful and eye-opening experience, whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure. In Santa Barbara, you’ll find endless activities you can enjoy on your own. Here are a few of our favorite Santa Barbara activities that you can look forward to:

See a Live Show

There’s always some kind of live show happening in Santa Barbara, no matter what time of year you’re coming to visit us. The Santa Barbara Bowl is a famous outdoor amphitheater where you can enjoy views of the surrounding mountains during the shows. The unique architecture affects the way the sound carries, and it makes these live shows one of a kind. Other beautiful venues where you’ll always find great shows playing are The Granada Theatre and The Arlington Theatre.

Head to The Funk Zone

Find this funky district by Amtrak station, between Highway 101 and the edge of the sea. Here you’ll find all manner of interesting stops and shops, including cafes, art galleries, gift shops, and tasting rooms. This is an awesome area to simply walk around and explore at a leisurely pace, and since you’re on your own, you’ll get to decide when and where to stop. The Urban Wine Trail (a self-guided Santa Barbara wine tour) lies in this area as well, so you can add these stops to your list too! Talking a long walk through the Funk Zone is a great way to explore the fun side of Santa Barbara and make a lifelong memory out of one afternoon.

Dine Deliciously

Find a table for one at the best restaurants in Santa Barbara. We have everything here, from cozy breakfast cafes like Shoreline Beach Cafe, to classic bars like The Good Lion, to upscale dining experiences like The Lark. The wine and craft beer of Santa Barbara are real treats, and you don’t want to miss them, so make sure to try to local brews while you’re dining. Most of all, make sure to dine by the seaside at sunset. We have plenty of restaurants with a view of the sea and grabbing a table there as the day nears its end is one of our favorite ways to end the evening.

Spend Your Stay with Paradise Retreats & Santa Barbara Activities

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