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If you are looking for the perfect summer getaway this year, look no further than beautiful Santa Barbara. Our California home is a great place to visit any time of year, but summer in Santa Barbara is truly special. A visit during the start of summer lets you enjoy cool temperatures, plenty of outdoor and indoor activities, and avoid the bigger crowds of late summer. Take a look at some of our favorite early summer activities in Santa Barbara this year:

Get Out Your Cruiser

When you visit Santa Barbara, you will immediately notice how many locals take advantage of the friendly streets. Visitors and locals alike are able to bike all around Santa Barbara for a relaxing ride. Several bike paths, such as Cabrillo Bike Path found around the waterfront, lead to beautiful beaches with incredible views. Take in the crisp ocean air as you casually explore the city. For more adventurous riding, you can head out to the mountain trails just outside the city. Grab a mountain bike and ride along these shared trails. The best place for you to grab a bike in town for a short rental is Wheel Fun, the largest bike shop in all of California. This local rental shop features everything you need to properly hit the biking trails.

Visit the Santa Barbara Zoo

Make sure to stop by the Santa Barbara Zoo to visit some incredible exotic animals. The Santa Barbara Zoo has been a staple of the community for years. They currently house many beautiful creatures such as leopards, anteaters, flamingos, gorillas, lions, and so much more. You can easily view each animal in its spacious habitats. The Santa Barbara Zoo will be opened at a limited capacity with reservations made in advance. If you are visiting in early June your children can join their Summer Zoo Camp where they can enjoy interactive science exhibits, guided tours, and even get close-up encounters with some of the animals!

Take a Kayaking Tour

Santa Barbara has many incredible spots where you can casually kayak around the shore. Adventure lovers will want something more thrilling to satisfy their trip such as a visit to Prisoners Harbor. Don’t let the name fool you as this area is one of the most beautiful areas to visit. Take a kayak tour with Santa Barbara Adventure Company where you will be guided to the area found just north of Santa Cruz Island. All tours will take you to your destination and provide you with all the gear you need. Make sure to check out their other tour offerings such as rock climbing and wine tasting tours!

Speaking of Wine….

Now that we have your attention, you will want to explore the many wineries found around Santa Barbara. The early summer season is a great time to visit so you can enjoy these wineries outdoor, especially as some restrictions are still in place. Local wineries such as Santa Barbara Winery and Jamie Slone Wines are local favorites and offer tasting flights to try a little of everything. Enjoy other wines by the glass or pick up a bottle or two to take back to your vacation rental. Some of these wineries also have open spaces that can allow a friendly pup to join you on the festivities.

Grab McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream

Nothing screams summer quite like picking up a cool treat such as ice cream. Santa Barbara is the home of McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, a locally owned shop that has been around since the 1940s. You can grab a cone or bowl of your favorite ice cream that is made in-house at either of their two locations. Enjoying your ice cream in the shops may still be limited this summer but you can easily do a walk-up order and enjoy your treat as you walk around the city.

Visit Stearns Wharf

Knock out all of your shopping and dining needs by stopping at Stearns Wharf during your visit. This local pier has been open since 1872, making it one of the city’s oldest landmarks. While it has seen several renovations over the years, it continues to host a variety of unique shops and restaurants. Browse the locally owned stores or stop in for a delicious meal with oceanside views. Plan your visit accordingly, as many of the restaurants will have limited seating available. Keep an eye out for the beautiful Spanish and Mediterranean-style architecture at Stearns Wharf!

Summer In Santa Barbara is Almost Here

Do not hesitate on planning your early summer activities in Santa Barbara. Reserve one of our beautiful properties right here in the city. You will have access to incredible amenities and home features that are unavailable at other lodging options. Stay away from crowds and have your own personal home away from home this summer in Santa Barbara.

The grace period is over. Summer has officially arrived all over the world! Planning a vacation during the hot and muggy months of summer can often be an experience you wish could have taken place in the cooler months, but when you plan a Santa Barbara vacation, you’re guaranteed an awesome time, no matter what the temperatures are outside! It doesn’t hurt, however, that summer in Santa Barbara is temperate and even cool, but on those days when the red line does climb over the 85 degree mark, these will be the best things to do in Santa Barbara to keep you cool and happy!

Head to the Beach

The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and the water is perfect at the beaches of Santa Barbara, beaches that are the most beautiful in the world. Can you give us any reason why you shouldn’t spend a day or two enjoying the cool sensation of ocean water against lightly tanned skin? We didn’t think so, and if you’re feeling the burn of abnormally high temperatures, there’s nothing cooler!

Visit a Museum

The history of Santa Barbara is a rich and compelling one, and getting a peek into our past with a museum tour is one of our favorite ways to kill some hours on a hot summer afternoon. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History lets you explore our natural side and if art is more your thing, The Museum of Contemporary Art will keep you enthralled for hours!

Grab a Beer

Cold beer and a hot summer day goes together like peanut butter and jelly; each are fine on their own, but mix them together and you create something magical! The Lama Dog Tap Room & Bottle Shop is our current favorite, but every brewery in the area has something special to offer, so if you’re out and about and happen to see one that piques your interest, go ahead and check it out!

Rent a Paradise Retreats Home with a Pool

Nothing beats a swim under the stars, and if you have rented one of our homes with pools, you can enjoy their cool comforts ANY time of the day. Greet the morning with a splash or say farewell to the day with a quiet float as the stars twinkle overhead; there’s never a wrong time to take a dip when the pool is in your own backyard!

Rent Your Own Piece of Paradise Today!

The best vacations can be made better with the right vacation homes. Reserve yours today with Paradise Retreats and discover the difference!

One of the best things about living in Santa Barbara is practically having summer temps year-round, and because those temps range between the high 60s and the high 70s, our visitors never have to worry about being too hot or too cold. Our weather is perfect, and when you’re planning a large group event—be it a family reunion, a college reunion, or a special destination wedding—Santa Barbara and our Paradise Retreats vacation escapes are where your thoughts should turn! And because you and your guests probably won’t want to stay home the entire trip, we’ve compiled this list of the best Santa Barbara summer activities for your entire group!

Horseback Riding, Captain Jack’s Tours & Events

Captain Jack’s is the go-to tour group for any group tours of Santa Barbara, but for a truly Western experience, their horseback tours are unbeatable! For an hour and a half your group can experience the wonders of waterfalls, the majesty of the mountains, and breathtaking beauty of the ocean from atop a glorious steed. If you do nothing else during your stay in Santa Barbara, the group horseback ride from Captain Jack’s should not be missed! Kids 7 and over are invited to take in the tour as well!

Grapeline Wine Tours

Personally, we couldn’t imagine a better way to experience the beauty of Santa Barbara than by wine tour—Grapeline Wine Tours, to be exact! Offering a variety of tours of the best vineyards in Santa Barbara, this activity is for the 21 and over crowd only, but don’t worry; there’s plenty of other activities that your littles can take part in! This adventure is perfect for a bachelorette party weekend or your sorority reunion!

Whale Watching Cruises, Condor Express

If you have never had the breathtaking experience of watching a whale break through the waves, this trip to Santa Barbara is where it all changes! Condor Express offers summer tours lasting 4.5 hours that take you to where the humpback and blue whales are known to congregate; you might get to watch some dolphins frolicking as well! Perfect for kids of ALL ages, the memories made in the waters of the Pacific Ocean will last a lifetime.

Santa Barbara Summer Activities

To be perfectly honest, our Paradise Retreats vacation escapes are designed to be a vacation experience you will want to never end. Spend hours by the pool, play a game of charades in front of a roaring fire on a chilly summer night, or create a gourmet meal in an outdoor kitchen as you laugh, talk, and soak in the beauty of another Santa Barbara night. The options for fun for your entire group are endless. Contact us today to reserve your vacation rental and start making memories this summer when you enjoy Santa Barbara summer activities!