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Santa Barbara is a wonderful vacation destination if you are looking to get away and relax. The area attracts millions of people a year that flock to this beach destination to relax and stick their feet in the sand. To help guide you in your journey of relaxation, we have put together the top five best relaxing activities to do in Santa Barbara during your next vacation.

East Beach

East Beach is the best stretch to catch some rays without being mobbed by crowds. The shoreline may still fill up more on the weekends, but East Beach is a bit more removed from State Street and the downtown area than the other beaches, offering more space to stretch out or take a walk along the sandy shores. You may have to protect yourself from the occasional rogue volleyball though, as there are more than a dozen sandy courts here.

Art Walks are a Fantastic Thing to Do in Santa Barbara

While taking a stroll on State Street, you’ll notice Santa Barbara’s prominent love of art. Businesses and local artists line this street to show off their artistic talent. Every Sunday, as well as some Saturdays, local artists partake in the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show. Walk along State Street and see some of the most beautiful works of art around.

Santa Barbara Zoo

Neighboring the Andree Clark Bird Refuge in the east part of downtown, the Santa Barbara Zoo gives visitors a taste of the exotic just a block from the sandy shore. Visitors can expect to see a very unique collection of different animals representing nearly every different habitat from around the world.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

North of downtown, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a refuge for bored beachgoers and nature enthusiasts alike. Visitors walk on unpaved paths through what, at times, looks like unremarkable brush. Walk through these amazing gardens and let your stress evaporate with the morning dew.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

In the heart of downtown on bustling State Street, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art infuses some high culture into this laid-back Californian community. This world renown museum is a perfect location to stretch your legs and get out of the heat. Stroll around their amazing exhibits to get out of the heat and enjoy a more culturally driven attraction. This amazing attraction will stimulate your senses and distract you from the stresses of everyday life.

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Any person who has heard the name ‘Santa Barbara’ knows, or at least can assume, that it is a place of great beauty. This beauty is found in the weather, the city streets, and perhaps most notably, in the beaches. While California is home to seemingly endless beautiful shores, Santa Barbara is a place that stands out has one that has some of the best beaches that this amazing coast has to offer. Here is a Santa Barbara guide to some of the most incredible beaches.

Butterfly Beach

This is a quiet and simple place. There is nothing to distract from the immense beauty here. You can find the perfect place to soak up the sun along the sandy beach, or the perfect place for amazing views atop the oceanside cliffs. Perhaps the best thing about Butterfly Beach is the views point to the west rather than the south-facing views of the majority of Santa Barbara’s beaches. This means that this beach is one of the best places to witness a sunset over the Pacific in the Santa Barbara area, and perhaps throughout the entire state of California. You can find this beach in Montecito, which is a beautiful town a few miles to the south of Santa Barbara.

Carpinteria State Beach

There is a lot to love about this amazing beach. While it is obviously beautiful, it is a great place to go if you want to spend a quiet day at the beach. Coming here, you will typically be met with little to no crowds and very calm waters. Wide, sandy beaches make for a great place to relax in between dips into the calm ocean and tide pools. You can even enjoy marine life passing by just a few hundred feet off the shore.

Arroyo Burro County Beach Park

Just to the west of the center of Santa Barbara, you can find this wonderful gem that is perfect for locals and visitors alike. One of the things that makes this beach a fun and unique place to hang out is that dogs are welcome. There is even a stretch of the beach where they can frolic along without leashes. Wide open spaces, picnic areas, and FREE parking make this the perfect place to spend a day in the beautiful Santa Barbara weather.

There is More to Santa Barbara Than Even This Santa Barbara Guide Can Cover!

While these are just some of the beaches that you will not want to miss during your next Santa Barbara vacation, there are countless more. Getting out here and experiencing the beauty and leisure for yourself is the only way to know where to find the best beaches on the west coast.