FROM HOTELS TO HIDEAWAYS, SANTA BARBARA HAS IT ALL!
UNCOVER GREAT RATES
LINGER A LITTLE LONGER IN NEIGHBORHOOD INNS
Visit our blog to uncover local secrets, events & more. Details
Stay a little longer & do a little more! Details
Tour the region from sunrise to sunset Details
WHAT TO DO WHILE HERE? Learn More
TREAT YOUR PALATE TO AN UNFORGETTABLE TASTE VACATION More Details
CALENDAR OF EVENTS Learn More
With so many options, here are ideas on where to begin. Details
From toddler to teen, you'll have a blast! Details
Follow the sunset to SB. And take a map along, just in case! Details
EXPERIENCE SANTA BARBARA'S MAGIC Learn More
FIND WHAT INSPIRES YOU More Details
VIEW OUR GALLERY FOR AWE INSPIRING PHOTOS Learn More
Experience events & attractions unique to Santa Barbara! Details
Explore SB on two feet or two wheels. Details
Your guide to the surrounding Santa Barbara area. Details
SB BASICS, MAKE TRIP-PLANNING A BREEZE Learn More
GETTING HERE IS EASY More Details
START YOUR VACATION WITH OUR FREE VISITOR’S GUIDE Learn More
Taka a vacation from your car in Santa Barbara. Details
We’re filled with hidden gems and plenty to see and do. Details
Our e-newsletter will transport you to the sights of SB. Details
With the sparkling Pacific at our fingertips, it's no surprise that Santa Barbara is a seafood lover's paradise. Stroll down to the Santa Barbara Harbor and take a close look - after the spectacular views of sage-green mountains sweeping down to the ocean and boat masts punctuating clear blue skies, you'll notice boats ... lots of 'em. Though the harbor at first appears tranquil, it's actually a beehive of activity, with 150 local fishermen hauling in an average of 7 million pounds of seafood each year. The Santa Barbara Channel is one of the country's richest sources of sustainable, high-quality seafood, and this is no small fry, as it translates to a $30 million industry considering its positive effect on related businesses.
The catch of the day depends on the season, but it may include spiny lobster, ridgeback shrimp, spot prawn, rock crab, white sea bass, California halibut, yellowtail, albacore, swordfish, rockfish, Pacific snapper and barracuda. Some of the other stars of the seafood show might surprise you. Red sea urchin roe, or uni, is prized by the world's sushi lovers, and some of the best is hand-harvested by divers right off our coast in the Channel Islands. And if you think squid and sea cucumber are merely the ugly ducklings of the sea, think again - sea cucumbers may look like giant warty slugs, but they are highly sought-after in Asia for use in soups and as a medicinal tonic. And Santa Barbara farms aren't all landlubbers - open ocean aquaculture farms produce delectable oysters, mussels, clams and scallops, using sustainable techniques.
So while you're here, dive into the briny bliss of spot prawns or lobster at a local restaurant, buy some fresh catch right from the boats at the Saturday Fishermen's Market, shop at the Santa Barbara Fish Market on Harbor Way, or head out to sea to reel in your own catch! In October, hit the annual Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival to celebrate the opening of lobster season, meet the fishermen and gobble the freshest local seafood at great prices.
WELCOME TO ARCH ROCK FISH! We obtained our namesake from the Arch Rock at Anacapa Island which is the smallest island in the Channel Islands, off of Santa Barbara’s coastline. Anacapa has many rock ...MORE
The original “Santa Barbara Wine Country” restaurant, bouchon santa barbara searches for the freshest, most local ingredients available. The wine list features local treasures that complement the ...MORE
Experience Stunning Food & Delicious Viewsat one of Santa Barbara’s Best Restaurants! Casual Bistro Dining with Surfing Inspired DecorStunning Harbor Views and Covered Decks. Open Seating from 11am. ...MORE
When John Downey opened his namesake restaurant in 1982 the concept was simple... Serve the very best food available, and serve it in a comfortable, unintimidating setting where it would be easy to ...MORE
For over 30 years the original Enterprise Fish Company has prided itself on offering the freshest and finest seafood around at an amazing value.We are located on State Street, only two short blocks ...MORE
Finch & Fork, formerly Coast Restaurant, is a gathering place where guests are welcomed to share in small plates and great conversation. Chef James Siao brings to life a menu designed to be paired ...MORE
Kayak, Snorkel and Explore the National Park. Book Now!
Winter Wine Classic - January 24, 2015
Food and drink tastings, photo tips, and fun. Book now!
Santa Barbara Airport - 1 Stop to Everywhere!
Tropical Courtyard, Poolside rooms, Crocodile Restaurant&Bar
Pick your passion and then explore over 101 more.
For insider tips, special offers and more, sign up for our enews today!
Request your FREE copies today to help plan your visit and get the most of it while you're here!
The unforgettable sunset of Old Spanish Days Fiesta's Opening Ceremony 2014.
Photo by Instagram Fan stevenleyvaphoto ... <<More