Although there are plenty of great options for where to Spring Break this year, Santa Barbara should be top on your list. Between the perfect weather, beautiful beaches, laid-back atmosphere and fewer crowds than most coastal destinations this time of year, we think it’s an obvious choice. Here’s our guide to how to plan your best spring break in SB:


The first step of preparing any perfect vacation is knowing what to pack. In Santa Barbara this task is made easy due to consistently mild but sunny weather and an easy-going vibe at all restaurants and bars. Of course bring shorts, sandals, swimwear and sunglasses-plus your camera, a good carry-all and a sweater for evenings spent outdoors. Pro tip: leave room in your bag to bring home all the great stuff you’re sure to find with SB’s great shopping!


After pulling together your packing list, you’ll want to arrive in style and stay somewhere that feels welcoming and warm, is centrally located and offers plenty of help in making your SB itinerary as perfect and well-planned as possible. Enter: Hotel Milo Santa Barbara. Right across the street from the beautiful West Beach, a short walk into Downtown Santa Barbara, and with easy access to both the Santa Barbara Harbor and the trendy Funk Zone, you’ll be absolutely thrilled with your choice. Plus, we offer several exclusive specials for our guests, including the Urban Wine Trail Package, designed for wine lovers!


Things like shopping, going to the beach, wine tasting, and eating at great restaurants throughout the city will all be very easily checked off your to-do list in SB. And while all of these activities are amazing for relaxing vacations (especially beach days!), we suggest you take your Spring Break to the next level by pushing the envelope a little further. Try kayaking and snorkeling with the Santa Barbara Adventure Co., rent a surrey for your Funk Zone tour, and definitely go on one of Santa Barbara’s amazing hikes!


Santa Barbara is an unsuspecting foodie haven; with a city-wide standard of fresh ingredients sourced as locally as possible, emphasis on health and flavor, plus an extremely popular restaurant scene that encourages new spots to constantly open, you’re sure to satisfy your taste buds this spring break. Head down to the Harbor and Funk Zone area for the freshest seafood in town, indulge in incredible Italian at Trattoria Vittoria or Ca’Dario, and hit up the daily Farmer’s Market for California’s best produce!


While there’s no need to go on a full-blown city tour while vacationing in Santa Barbara, there are definitely some sights worth seeing. Top among these include the Old Mission of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Courthouse (climb the tower for one of the best views in town), and Stearns Wharf. Nature-lovers should also plan a visit to the Botanical Gardens, while art fanatics will love the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.