Purple ice plant blooming on a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean in Santa Barbara, California.

Spring Break in Santa Barbara is fast approaching, giving college students license to take some time away from classes. Compared to America’s many solid spring break destinations, our oceanside getaway stands out.

The coastal city boasts the perfect blend of festive and laid back environments, perfect weather, and enlightening cultural institutions. If you’re thinking about where to spend your spring break, be sure to check out these reasons why Santa Barbara is one of the top west coast spring break options.


Evenings filled with revelry and relaxation are at the core of the spring break spirit. Santa Barbara caters to all sorts of partiers and vacationers. From the raucous and rowdy to the more calm and refined, our city can foster whatever Spring Break environment you desire. As veterans of the Santa Barbara nightlife scene, our first recommendation for spring breakers would be to stop by The Neighborhood for a quintessential bar experience, including fun games and an easy atmosphere. Check out The Velvet Jones or The James Joyce for good live music and great cocktails. And for that more upscale club vibe, stop by The Savoy or EOS Lounge.


Santa Barbara is always lively, thanks to its always-full calendar of cultural events. Right now, the city is happily anticipating an exciting musical performance by Leon Bridges at the picturesque Arlington Theatre this March, right in the heart of Spring Break season. The International Orchid Show and a concert by Jose Gonzalez will also take place in Santa Barbara this March. Also, be sure to keep an eye on the Santa Barbara Bowl’s upcoming schedule: it’s one of the best music venues in the country.

The City Itself

Santa Barbara is just plain beautiful, which is honestly the most important element in choosing an ideal Spring Break destination. You and your friends can relax or party on our amazing beaches, explore wine country with various tours and bike riding excursions, or check out the amazing art scene in our renowned Funk Zone neighborhood. The options and fun are seemingly limitless, which makes this Santa Barbara one of the best places to go on spring break in the United States.

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara is located mere minutes from Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, the oceanfront, and a wide variety of things to do along the California coast.