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One night in Santa Barbara, ocean or town?

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One night in Santa Barbara, ocean or town?

We are driving from San Francisco to San Diego with one night in Santa Barbara. Two families with kids ranging from 7-14 years old.

At this stage our preference is to stay somewhere along the ocean, but am wondering if this is the best option.

We will be arriving late afternoon, and will want to walk to some restaurants for dinner, will we find a variety near the beach (Stearns Wharf) or are we better to look for accommodation near the center of town.

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1. Re: One night in Santa Barbara, ocean or town?

Before you do that, would you mind going to the California forum page and on the right side of that webpage there are top questions on the highway 1 drive . There is a primer for you to read

Please read thar

SB is lovely don't get me wrong and we love it but to drive from SF to SD and with one SB halt sounds too rushed. Are you doing 101 or the coastal route 1 and then 101 ?

To answer your question the fess Parker is a great hotel. SB is not that large and a place near the ocean is the way to go IMHO

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2. Re: One night in Santa Barbara, ocean or town?

Further to the above, it looks like it would be between Holiday Inn Express, which is just off State Street. Or Avania Inn, which is between the freeway and the waterfront on Castillo Street.

The accommodation itself doesn't bother us, just the location

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3. Re: One night in Santa Barbara, ocean or town?

Santa Barbara is a very small city. You're talking a difference of a mile or so, choose the hotel or motel that suits you best. So many lovely motels near the beach like Casa del Mar and more.

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4. Re: One night in Santa Barbara, ocean or town?

Harbor View Inn is right across the street from Stearn's Wharf. Go with something with pretty views of the beautiful beach! :).

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5. Re: One night in Santa Barbara, ocean or town?

Harbor View would be nice, but a bit expensive. What is the OPS budget..The Fess Parker possibly would be a good place, on ocean and near town.

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6. Re: One night in Santa Barbara, ocean or town?

For something less expensive, Hotel Oceano is also in this area. :)

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7. Re: One night in Santa Barbara, ocean or town?

Yes there are good restaurants in the West Beach area and Stearns Wharf. Favorites include Toma or Brophys.

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8. Re: One night in Santa Barbara, ocean or town?

Yes there are good restaurants in the West Beach area and Stearns Wharf. Favorites include Toma or Brophys. Call ahead to have them set up a table. Brophys might not take reservations. Enterprise Fish Co is a larger fun restaurant that can accommodate large tables.

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9. Re: One night in Santa Barbara, ocean or town?

Toma & Brophy Brothers are great restaurants, but depending on the age of the kids, maybe not appropriate for them. Endless Summer in the harbor would probably have better kid friendly choices in a more kid friendly athmosphere. Also try Something's Fishy on State St. They have the grills that they cook the food right in front of you. It's great for kids.

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