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Why Santa Barbara Is The Best Stop Along the PCH

Santa Barbara has long been one of the most popular destinations located along the historic Pacific Coast Highway. Connecting fellow California favorites like Los Angeles, Big Sur, and San Francisco — this route features some tough competition, though we believe with proud bias that Santa Barbara is the best. Here are some of our favorite reasons why:

The Beaches Are As Beautiful As Anywhere

Located on its own stretch of Southern California coastline, Santa Barbara’s beaches are less populated and warmer than those further north. In town, we have a number of excellent swimming beaches. For starters, you can head to the gorgeous East Beach for stunning sunset views, Hendry’s Beach to watch swimmers and local dog walkers with their cute pooches.

Santa Barbara is a Food & Wine Lover’s Paradise

Its local culture and geographic setting make Santa Barbara a fantastic food and wine destination. You can taste varietals from local vineyards at a number of local establishments like Melville Winery Tasting Room and the Santa Barbara Winery Tasting Room. Across town, you can also find great seafood and New American cuisine at spots like The Lark and Brophy Bros.

The Natural Destinations Are Top Tier

For outdoorsy travelers who enjoy the natural elements as much as the man made ones — Santa Barbara has a whole lot to offer. You can explore a wide variety of marine life and splash around in our neat tide pools, relax in some hot springs, and of course hit the waves whenever you feel like it. And don’t forget that we have some great hiking trails here too.

SB Is Driving Distance To The Coast’s Top Destinations

Another reason why Santa Barbara is the best stop along the PCH is that it is perfectly positioned on the northern side of the southern half of the state. So when you visit Santa Barbara, extending your trip to include Los Angeles or San Francisco is easy and gives you more reason to cruise along that coastal freeway.

World-Class Lodging

Last, but certainly not least, Santa Barbara stands out amongst its fellow coastal destinations because of its world-class accommodations. You can find some stellar examples of such with the gorgeous guest rooms here at Hotel Milo Santa Barbara. You can enjoy the same coastal beauty as you do driving along the PCH by staging in one of our Ocean View King Rooms. The property is also home to a number of Deluxe Double rooms for families, a gorgeous pool, and one of the best locations in town.