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Recent Santa Barbara reviews

  • Everything you need!

    "The apartment is exactly how pictured. Super cute, very clean and comfortable. My teenage son and I stayed for 9 nights, so we had an opportunity to really get settled in and experience the pros and cons. Kitchen is well equipped to make meals. Bedroom is nice sized with a very comfortable mattress. As others have stated, the location is excellent. A very short walk to shopping and restaurants. Cristina made sure that we had everything we needed. She checked in with us to make sure we didn't have any questions, and has a nice binder in the apartment that gives information about Santa Barbara and restaurant recommendations. She is a "local" who does a great job being a host and allowing people to have a great Santa Barbara experience at a very reasonable price. As far as cons, Cristina is very upfront about any drawbacks the property may have. You can hear the neighbors come and go, and you can hear noise from the streets - but none of the "cons" outweighed what Cristina and this apartment have to offer!"
    Guest: Stacy Date of Stay: October 2013 Review Submitted: November 5, 2013
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  • One Word: Perfect!

    "We loved our two-week stay at Mesa Paradise, which exceeded all of our high expectations. The highlight of the property is a resort-like tropical-feel backyard with a phenomenal pool and spa, which also functions as a tranquil waterfall. The backyard is completely private and offers a picaboo view of the ocean at a distance from the hill. Whether it is swimming with kids, grilling, relaxing with a glass of wine at the spa listening to music playing through the outdoor speakers, just sitting around (with space heater if you would like) and watching the moon and stars at night, you will miss this outdoor space when you leave. The house itself is extremely comfortable and cozy. It has all you may need during your vacation. Everything in the house is tasteful and clean -- beds, bathrooms, kitchen, kitchenware, laundry machines, etc. As a bonus, you can pool in the converted garage. There is a television (with cable, Apple TV, Roku, DVD player), for entertainment, although with everything this house, backyard and Santa Barbara has to offer, you may not even bother with that during your stay here. The location is extremely convenient. It's in a quite residential neighborhood up the hill from the beach. The hiking trails to the park with stunning views and sunsets are just a short stroll away. You can walk to other parks and steps to the beach. If you prefer to drive, a great beach is approximately 5 minutes away. Driving downtown is also easy and quick. There is also a shopping center with grocery stores, a gas station, multiple restaurants within a 3-minute drive. If you are traveling to Santa Barbara, skip the Four Seasons and stay at this wonderful private retreat."
    Guest: LoveSB Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 7, 2014
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  • Location and size unbeatable!

    "We rented the downtown Victorian for a combined family vacation and celebration of my daughter's graduation from UCSB. With a group that topped out at 14 when everyone was there it was difficult to find a home that would accommodate us all. The Downtown Victorian is an aging beauty and as such could use some updating both to the home and the furnishings (especially some of the beds like the one in the guest house which was very hard) but the location and the size/charm of the property make up for those shortcomings especially if you have a large group. We were able to walk to almost everywhere we wanted to eat and shop (probably walked distances up to 1.5 miles) including grocery and drug store less than five minutes away."
    Guest: teejake Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 23, 2014
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  • Great stay!

    "We had a wonderful stay at the Santa Barbara Beach Getaway. The owners adequately described the property; it is very well maintained and clean with lots of upgrades. Everything was within a short walking distance; the beach, activities and shopping. We really did leave our car and parking worries behind. I'd would definitely book another stay!"
    Guest: mm Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 22, 2014
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Santa Barbara Travel Tips

Situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, the city boasts a delightfully warm climate throughout the year, and as one of California’s most affluent areas, you can be sure there’s plenty of exciting cultural attractions to experience.

Head to the downtown area to witness stellar architecture in addition to museums, shopping, fine dining and an exciting nightlife scene. Throughout the rest of the city you’ll find even more to do. There’s plenty of outdoor space where you can plan a hike or a bike ride, laze around on the beach or partake in water sports like surfing.

Santa Barbara is often considered the American Riviera because of its stunning natural scenery, including picturesque beaches, magnificent mountains and unique way of life that make it a premier destination for visitors from all over the world.

Things to Do

- Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History: Founded in 1916, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is the oldest museum in the city. It’s located in Mission Canyon and covers 12 acres. The museum is housed in a Mission-style, Spanish-Mediterranean complex of buildings and known for its dioramas of birds, mammals and southern Californian habitats. There’s also exhibits on marine life, geology, Chumash life and an art gallery dedicated to prints of natural history. The museum is also home to one the largest collections of Native American basketry from Chumash basket weavers.

- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: See some of the best that nature has to offer at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden with 78 acres boasting more than 1,000 species of rare and indigenous plants. The garden is an ideal place to see native California plants in their natural settings. There’s also almost 6 miles of hiking trails in the garden, so you can enjoy some physical activity in between enjoying the natural sights.

- Chumash painted cave: For a truly unique experience, visit the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park where there’s a small sandstone cave preserved with rock art from the Chumash people. The drawings depict cosmology and other subjects created from mineral pigments. Trek down the path in the park that leads to the cave to experience this special location.

- East Beach: Hitting up the beach is a must-do in Santa Barbara, and East Beach is a great option. It’s often the first beach seen when entering the city, and it’s a well-known area for volleyball. In fact, several tournaments are held here throughout the year. East Beach has lifeguards so you won’t have to worry about water safety while you enjoy the sun and surf. There’s also a snack bar, a play area for kids and a bike bath.

Shopping and Dining

- Stearns Wharf: Get a multisensory experience with a visit to Stearns Wharf. Feel the ocean breeze across your face as the sun beams down, and breathe in the salty sea air. Relax for a while watching local fishing boats unload their morning catch or visit the special aquarium. You can also taste local wines and enjoy a deliciously fresh seafood meal after perusing the various shops.

- Paseo Nuevo: Paseo Nuevo is another great place to shop and dine. Located in downtown Santa Barbara, the outdoor shopping spot boasts Spanish-style architecture surrounded by beautiful flowers, trees and fountains. Explore the various shops selling clothing, beauty products, art and other goods. You can pick up some souvenirs to remember your vacation, then stop by one of the many eateries like Kahuna Grill, Pascucci or Sakura.

- Cajun Kitchen: You’ll want to start your day with a hearty breakfast, so stop by Cajun Kitchen. Each item is served with home fries, hash browns or grits as well as toast, an English muffin, flour tortilla, homemade biscuit, homemade blueberry muffin or homemade cornbread. Choose from a variety of omelets, burritos, oatmeal and more for a delicious main course.

- Cold Spring Tavern: After a day of fun, you can relax and dine on a tasty meal at Cold Spring Tavern. The meals here are prepared with homestyle techniques and everything is made with fresh ingredients bought from local producers. Favorite dishes include Western-style barbecue, Cold Spring chili and freshly baked breads. On the weekends you can especially enjoy the fun atmosphere here with live music from bands and singers.

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