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The California coast is just what you need for a romantic and memorable Valentine’s Day getaway. Look no further than the beauty of Santa Barbara to host you and your loved one. The city offers a variety of romantic activities that will make your getaway one to remember for years to come. Here are some of the most romantic activities you can do when visiting Santa Barbara for Valentine’s Day:

Take a Sunset Walk at a Beach

With Santa Barbara sitting on the West Coast, you can expect some of the most beautiful sunsets you have ever seen. The best place to catch a romantic sunset is easily at the beach and luckily there are several pristine beaches right here in Santa Barbara. Butterfly Beach faces west, allowing you unparalleled views to the sunset. The beach is always clean and offers plenty of space to go on a romantic stroll. Make it even more romantic by planning on a picnic. Set up a blanket with your favorite snacks and maybe even a bottle of champagne. If the high tide rolls in, you can easily push back to the beach wall where you can still enjoy the views just as well.

Hike Up to Knapp’s Castle

Outdoor lovers will want to take advantage of the beautiful weather here in Santa Barbara and explore the many hiking trails. One popular trail will lead to a romantic outlook up at Knapp’s Castle. This castle was destroyed back in 1940 with an unfortunate fire. However, the stone ruins were left behind and feature some incredible views of the surrounding hills and coastlines. Crumbling stone walls are the perfect spot for some romantic photos to document your Valentine’s Day getaway. The hike up to the castle is relatively short and is less than a mile for a roundtrip. Knapp’s Castle is located approximately 20 minutes away from downtown Santa Barbara.

Visit the Santa Barbara Courthouse

Now you might be thinking, “How is visiting a court house romantic?” Once you see the Santa Barbara Courthouse up close, you will realize just how incredible this building is. This courthouse has been named one of the most beautiful buildings in the country. It is designed after the Spanish Colonial Revival style for which Santa Barbara is known. You will notice the mesmerizing shade of red on the roof tiles. In fact, many couples have sealed the deal right here at the courthouse and used the building for their wedding photos. The Santa Barbara Courthouse features different attractions that must be seen during your visit. The Mural Room features gorgeous murals relating to the history of Santa Barbara. The murals take up over 6,000 square feet of wall space and are frequently used as the centerpiece for wedding photos. The El Mirador clock tower stands tall among the building. The sunken gardens feature sprawling plant life in a tropical setting. You probably did not think you could do so much at the local courthouse. Make your visit even more romantic by planning for a picnic in the gardens!

Go Whale Watching

Santa Barbara is a popular area to hit the seas and go whale watching. These majestic creatures frequently spend their time just off the coast and will swim up to the surface. Condor Express is the top choice in all of Santa Barbara to book a whale watching experience. Whales will stay in the area year-round so you can still enjoy this around Valentine’s Day. Your whale watching cruise can give you potential sightings of gray whales, humpback whales, and even dolphins. Each whale watching experience is two and a half hours in length and is available every day of the week. Condor Express also provides dinner cruises and other options to help celebrate your Valentine’s Day with. You can book your reservation by calling 805-882-0088 or by emailing info@condorexpress.com.

Reserve a Valentine’s Day Dinner

End your Valentine’s Day getaway by making a reservation for a romantic dinner at a local Santa Barbara restaurant. A poplar option that offers New American cuisine with a romantic ambience is The Lark Santa Barbara. This local restaurant uses fresh ingredients and features a wood lined quarters with an outdoor patio. While the building previously held a former fish market it has now been turned into an urban eatery. Enjoy luxury entrees such as fresh seafood paired with local wines. Reservations are highly encouraged as only patio seating is available at this time. Place your reservation by calling 805-284-0370.

More to Enjoy for Valentine’s Day

As you can see, there are plenty of romantic activities in Santa Barbara. Make the most of your romantic journey by reserving one of our vacation rentals. You and your loved one can have a variety of amenities as you enjoy each other’s company.