Winter is a fun time here in Santa Barbara, so you’re coming to us at the perfect time. Not only do we have fun winter activities for you to enjoy, but you’ll also get to experience Santa Barbara Winter sightseeing! Make sure to visit our favorite sightseeing hotspots while you’re in town:

Mission Santa Barbara

No matter the time of year, this is one of our favorite places to go sightseeing in Santa Barbara. This city has a unique personality to it with architecture that exudes the very spirit of the Spanish people who helped build the city. The buildings here are reminiscent of such Spanish cities as Madrid, and the styles permeate the whole city. From the beautiful Santa Barbara County Courthouse to the Mission Santa Barbara, you’ll find that the colonial architecture here sticks with you. It makes for lovely photo opportunities too.

Stearns Wharf

You’ll want to visit the beach while you’re in town, and there are many different options. But one of our favorite viewing points to simply look at the sea and drink in the sight is Stearns Wharf. Whether you’re here at sunrise, sunset, or any time in between, the view is simply unparalleled. With plenty of restaurants, specialty shops, and recreation nearby, you can easily turn a sightseeing trip to the Wharf into an entire fun-filled afternoon.

Whale Watching

One of the best ways to go sightseeing in Santa Barbara is to say goodbye to the sand and head out to sea. Hitch a ride with one of our experienced whale watching crews here in town (such as Condor Express, or Sunset Kidd Sailing), and you’ll get to see a whole new side to Santa Barbara. Catch amazing views of the city from out on the water, snap photos of the rolling waves and the abundant sea life and learn about it all from your guide as they take you on the journey of a lifetime. Each year from November to April thousands upon thousands of Pacific gray whales migrate through the waters off the coast of Santa Barbara, from the cold waters of the north to the warm, turquoise waters of the south. Come out and see the magic of these majestic creatures as they head on their way.

Santa Barbara Winter Sightseeing with Paradise Retreats

Sightseeing in Santa Barbara is one of the best ways you can spend your winter vacation, and one of the best ways you can spend your time in Santa Barbara is relaxing in your comfortable Paradise Retreats rental home. Take a look at our catalog today to get started on finding your rental home!