Two lovers standing together on a tropical beach and thinking about life, beautiful sunset in the background

Santa Barbara is the ultimate place to experience romance in a fresh and exciting way. From casual picnics in the botanic gardens to an adventurous helicopter ride over the ocean, here is our guide to planning your most memorable getaway yet:

Couples Massage

When deciding how to spend some quality time with the one you love, a couples massage is an obvious yet classic choice. As the quintessential romantic indulgence, this choice becomes novelty when set in one of Santa Barbara’s gorgeous spas. Try Le Reve Downtown for a homey,  eco-certified center or Float Luxury Spa for a more upscale, elegant environment. To try something out of the ordinary, make a reservation with the Salt Cave and enjoy your treatment amongst rejuvenating salt crystals.

Sunset at Butterfly Beach

Santa Barbara sunsets are world famous for their beauty and intensity. For the most idyllic sunset in town, head to Butterfly Beach in Montecito. Arrive with your significant other and a blanket in hand. It’s hard to get more romantic than an evening spent at the beach watching the sun go down. This is the perfect spot to watch the sky turn pink and take a moment to appreciate life and love.

Champagne Helicopter Ride

If you and your love are a little more adventurous, we suggest a helicopter ride to make your trip over-the-top exciting and magical. While there are a couple local companies to choose from, we recommend the Santa Barbara Sunset Tour with SB Heli. The tour takes you on a 30-minute ride over the coast for the absolute best view of the sunset. This even includes your choice of wine or champagne! Whether flying for the first time or the tenth, this experience is sure to be both memorable and romantic.

Dinner at Stella Mare’s

While there are hundreds of restaurants to chose from in Santa Barbara, few can compare to Stella Mare’s when it comes to excellent food and romantic atmosphere. The French-inspired menu pairs perfectly with the stunning scenery. Located right on the edge of the Bird Refuge, the glass-walled dining room is the ultimate spot for an intimate dinner with someone you love. Try any of the French classics, including mussels or steak bearnaise, and don’t forget to order a signature cocktail or a glass of imported wine at the bar.

Picnic at the Botanic Garden

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, tucked into the foothills of Mission Canyon, is an underrated but fantastic spot for both romantics and nature-lovers. With 78 acres filled with California flora and fauna to explore, it is the perfect place to spend a leisurely afternoon wandering the park and soaking up the ocean views. Bring a picnic and the garden becomes a peaceful destination for couples to get away from it all.