As summer winds down, many people are not thinking of their next vacation plans. This is a shame, because late summer could be the most ideal time to visit Santa Barbara; the weather is perfect and there is still so much to enjoy about this wonderful community. Below are best things to do in Santa Barbara before the end of summer.
Relax on the Beach
In Santa Barbara, the weather is always appropriate for a visit to the beach. But a late summer trip to one of these amazing beaches might offer the most relaxing of all beach trips. You see, the weather is perfect and much of the summer crowds have dissipated. While there are many amazing beaches, Butterfly Beach in Montecito is among the favorites of the locals for its amazing views and wide sand bar.
Celebrate the Harvest
The Santa Barbara community takes wine very seriously. This is evidenced by the four-day Celebration of Harvest from September 29th through October 2nd. Throughout this period, you can enjoy winery open houses, tours of vineyards, adventures through the Santa Ynez Valley wine country, dinners with excellent wine pairings, and so much more. If you love wine, this is a must-attend event.
Take in a Polo Match
If you look back at the last year of your life, odds are you have not had many opportunities to go to a polo match. Well, you have that opportunity this summer at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club. The season continues throughout October, so you have a few weeks left to take advantage of this opportunity. Make a day out of it by tailgating before the game amidst the amazing late summer weather.
Learn to Surf
What an amazing experience it would be to learn how to surf in Santa Barbara sometime in September or October. This is when you can find the best waves that the area has to offer, along with consistent sunshine and a lot of space. If you like frolicking through the ocean in some great waves, then this is the time and place for you.
Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival
Summer and winter are essentially the only two seasons in Santa Barbara, so it’s fair to consider October 14th as late summer. This is the day when visitors have the one of a kind opportunity to partake in the Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival, one of the best things to do in Santa Barbara. This is a beautiful festival in which people are reminded that Santa Barbara is a fishing town. Along with some of the freshest and most delicious seafood that you have ever had, you can enjoy live music, fishing exhibits, and games!
This list barely scratches the surface of the opportunities that you have on a late-summer Santa Barbara vacation. Summer is definitely the most popular time to visit Santa Barbara, but believe us when we tell you, as summer dwindles, the fun increases!