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Santa Barbara

A watered down Beverly Hills!

sunny -28 °C
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Santa Barbara was a real delight. The hostel was in a good location. We met some nice people and Mark went surfing for the first time on Leadbetter beach. Whoa! radical dude. I was catching some tubes riding those breaks man, awesome! Sorry, drifted off there, more like getting the seaweed out of my mouth from wiping out so much!! The weather was great until the last day. We had a nice Mexican meal, and the second night disgusting pasta pots that were cheap for a reason.


The city is really pretty, in a Spanish Style. There are people with lots of money there too. We saw a row of cars drive past; two Aston Martins, two Ferarris and a Lamborghini amongst others.

We headed out one night for a few drinks with an Australian guy called Patrick. We ended up in a Karaoke bar. Mark was straight in there and got up to sing. I have evidence of this performance, which I am threatening to post on here!

On our last day we headed around town to see some of the old builings, such as the 18th century mission (you've got to do some culture!).
We then set off for San Diego and hopefully some better surf dude.

Posted by blytonrtw 12:02 Archived in USA

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SOunds like you had a fun time in Santa Barbara! Such a fun city and there is so much to do, I really enjoy myself whenever I am in the area! I was just there actually and I had a blast, the surf was excellent as well! I stayed at the Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com). SO affordable and the location is great!

by Adele454

Santa Barbara is impossible not to enjoy. There is so much to do if you are traveling in a couple, individually or with friends or family! Hiking, wine tasting, beaching it, and shopping, the list goes on! My personal favorite is the Botanical Garden. Beautiful grounds and it is so nice to be out in the fresh air and enjoy the flowers and sunshine! The South Coast Inn (www.santa-barbara-hotel.com) is great for us and in the best location.

by Lana D

SO in love with Santa Barbara- going there was one of the best choices I made on my AMerican road trip. SO much fun and a lot to see and do, the night life was even a lot of fun as well. Close to LA and the shopping is out of this world, I cannot wait to go back! We stayed at the Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com). Cheap and close to downtown, it was the perfect spot.

by jgray451

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