santa barbara beachfront

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Santa Barbara enjoys almost every geological and climatic advantage for which a city could ask. The nearby Santa Ynez Mountains provide rugged terrain for hiking and high-altitude vantage points for ocean gazing. The wine country provides, well, some of the best wine in the world.

Central to the city’s identity — moreso even than its vineyards and its mountains — is the Pacific Ocean. Providing unique things to do in Santa Barbara for visitors and locals alike and a beautiful backdrop for daily life, the beachfront is among the spots most worth exploring near Hotel Milo.

Grab a Bite at Chuck’s Waterfront Grill

The Santa Barbara harbor and Stearn’s Wharf are comprised of local businesses supported by bustling crowds of boaters, fishermen and tourists. Many of the area’s waterfront restaurants boast delicious seafood and spectacular views. One of our favorites is Chuck’s Waterfront Grill. One of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara, Chuck’s offers fresh oysters and a serene patio dining area.

Head Out on the Water

While you’re on the beachfront in Santa Barbara, there are always a bunch of people having fun out on the water to observe. If you’re feeling inspired, there’s plenty of opportunity to join the fun. Establishments like the Santa Barbara Sailing Center offer a range of activities, including sunset cruises with dinner and live music to children’s sailing lessons to kayak rentals.

Santa Barbara Waterfront Shopping

There are plenty of great boutiques and retail outlets along the waterfront in Santa Barbara. For those who want to dip into local style, check out Surf-n-Wear’s Beach House. Selling and renting surfboards, the shop also boasts a wide range of beach-ready, surfer-style attire, including T-shirts, hats, and hoodies.

Santa Barbara Beachfront Park

Santa Barbara is filled with gorgeous beaches and full-scale oceanside parks. Arroyo Burro Beach Park is a local favorite with gorgeous beaches and grass-filled picnic areas. Head to Arroyo for a barbecue, some swimming, fishing and a whole lot more family fun. Simply being outside and feeling that ocean breeze is a major piece of why so many people love to hang out on the beachfront in Santa Barbara.

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara is one of the top oceanfront hotels in Santa Barbara. Providing comfortable suites and rooms within walking distance of the city’s best beachfront shopping, dining and activities, Hotel Milo is the ideal place for a relaxing coastside stay.