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Santa Barbara savvy on a Tijuana budget!

6 Jun 2006  Family of 4 living the Santa Barbara life on 1 income!
4.0 of 5 stars based on 12 votes

Live the Santa Barbara lifestyle for a day or weekend without breaking the bank.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Santa Barbara
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Arroyo Burro County Beach Park
    Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, Santa Barbara, California

    If you have your dog with you, you'll definitely want to hit Hendry's Beach for some surfing dog action -- well, let the little guy run in the waves anyway. It's the locals answer to "what about a dog park?" It's fantastic and free fun for your friend Fido, and a beautiful setting for you and a mate. When you get to the sand you'll notice a sign indicating that to the left the dogs are allowed to run without leashes and to the right are the others (dogs on leashes and those who want to suntan without dogs sniffing around.)

  • 2. Goleta Beach

    For the family, the best beach is Goleta Beach, right next to UCSB. It is great for those who just hate sand, but love the beach environment because you'll find a long sandy beach flanked by grass where you can lay your towels. The kids love it because there is a great newer playground for all ages. There is a nearby bird refuge at the end of the S.B. bike trail where you'll be able to spot quite a few exotic birds. It has amenities reminiscent of a state park, such as restrooms, picnic tables, BBQs, volleyball nets, a restaurant and fishing pier, but unlike the state parks north of here, the parking is free!

  • 3. La Superica Taqueria

    622 N Milpas St
    Santa Barbara (California), California 93103
    (805) 963-4940
    Average Price is $5.00!
    This is a MUST for any traveler, but it's the perfect eatery for a budget-minded one. If you go there during the peak mealtimes, expect to wait in a long line that moves at a moderate pace. It's a fun wait though because you just feel like such a local doing it. And when you make it into the turquoise-painted building, you get to see the handwritten menu hanging above your head and watch the Latino women hand-make the DELICIOUS tortillas that go in almost every meal. This is a cash only business, but prices are fantastic. You can eat here for around $5.00, and it's the most authentic and tastiest Mexican food youâll find north of the border. Don't be turned off by the picnic table decor. This was a favorite of the one-and-only late Julia Childs, and Jackson Browne was spotted here last time we went. You never know who you'll see!

  • 4. Santa Barbara Museum of Art
    Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

    Experience art in the middle of downtown Santa Barbara FREE every Sunday! Collections include Asian, European, American, Contemporary, Antiquities, Works on Paper, and Photography. Special exhibits change monthly and you can learn more about this fine museum including hours and current exhibits on their website.

  • 5. State Street
    State Street, Santa Barbara, California

    When you're down at the museum, be sure to stroll along State St. and enjoy the people-watching and window shopping -- always free. Stop in a bead store and check out all the amazing beads from all over the world. I always like to make a bracelet of beads from my trip as a very special souvenir. This is pretty inexpensive and will mean more to you because you made it!

  • 6. Stearns Wharf
    Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, California

    Parking on Stearns Wharf is free for the first 75 minutes. Walk around the pier, take a walk or ride your bike up the paved beach path that winds between Santa Barbara's famous palm trees. Rob Lowe jogged past me and gave a friendly hello last time I was on that path.

  • 7. Chase Palm Park
    Chase Palm Park, Santa Barbara, California

    While you're down at the wharf, take the kids across the street to Chase Palm Park, one of the worldâs greatest parks. Kids will have a blast on the large playground, at the sand and water play area. Be sure to head over and take a ride on the real, old-fashioned carousel!

  • 8. Mission Santa Barbara
    Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

    This is where it all began. Learn about the history of Santa Barbara while touring these spectacular grounds in a relaxing setting. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the views of the ocean while picnicking on the grounds, or by the lavish rose gardens. Very peaceful and romantic and tours are free.