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Santa Barbara is a slice of Mediterranean charm along the central Californian coast, framed by the rugged Santa Ynez Mountains and verdant vineyards in the distance. This seaside city was perhaps made famous around the globe by the popular ‘80s soap opera of the same name. Santa Barbara conjures up sunny images of swaying palms, azure blue ocean, Spanish colonial haciendas with red-tiled roofs and bright bougainvillea. When in town, drop by Mission Santa Barbara, the 18th century mission and Catholic Church, and Lotusland, the local botanical garden. If you’re traveling with children, a trip to the Museum of Exploration and Innovation (MOXI) and the lovely Santa Barbara Zoo should definitely be on your checklist. For outdoor sports lovers, there’s much to do around the waterfront precinct including sailboats, kayaks, and paddle-boards. Get a feel of the local atmosphere at the many farmers’ markets and the Santa Barbara Public Market. Sample delicious seafood, local wines and Mediterranean platters at the chic eateries and trendy bars lining the historic pier of Stearns Wharf.


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Enchanting Travels USA Tours Belmond El Encanto
Belmond El Encanto

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Belmond El Encanto is less than a 15-minute drive from the Santa Barbara airport. This 5-star property’s original Spanish colonial architecture has been beautifully preserved.

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