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Address: 219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Phone Number: +1 805-564-5530
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Activities: Fishing
Description: Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular...
Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular sunsets, and sample fare from fast food to fine dining at California's oldest working wharf.
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A Walk. The Beach. Waves. People Watching.

A leisure morning walk along the pier. Some small souvenir shops open and fishermen at work. Perfect start to a beach day.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Stuttgart, Germany
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Fun walk with local entertainment, and great views of the beach. The place is very touristy, it has several restaurants and shops. Parking is free for 75 minutes.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is a very long pier that justs out from the Santa Barbara Coast. It boasts several eateries. It is not the place to go for fine dining as the restaurants are crowded and purely catering to tourists. It isn't bad to stroll out and view the coast from a quarter mile out.

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Bishop, CA
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A leisure morning walk along the pier. Some small souvenir shops open and fishermen at work. Perfect start to a beach day.

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Santa Cruz, California
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237 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This Wharf is awesome! Lots of great seafood restaurants and the prices are fairly reasonable. I love to walk on the Wharf early in the morning and watch the beautiful sunrise, look at the mountains and watch the boats leave the harbor.

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Ferndale, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

truly a great place for a walk or eat seafood or ice cream or ck out the shops one can drive their car but the walk is better and watch the sunsets !

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Alta Loma, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Visit the marine Museum and have lunch at the The Harbor Restaurant... Fun with the Pelicans at the end of the wharf too ! They are pretty tame ! C&H

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Palm Desert, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I love walking on the pier, but usually park somewhere else. It did take a long time to find parking so I wish I hadn't brought the car. We went to the Ocean Institute at the end of the pier and also had lunch at one of the restaurants. Nice casual day with the family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Great walking area there is a lot gift shop you go fishing try out wine test for free. You can go a 1 hour boat ride for $40. Beautiful beach very clean there a lot of boat park in the middle in the beach.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great landmark in beautiful scenic surroundings and ideal photography location. The shops are a bit gimmicky but it's an enjoyable activity and plenty to do in this area.

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New England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

While walking along the shore take the time to wander to the end of the pier. You might watch folks fishing or see a sailboat race in progress. There is ice cream and candy and tourist trinkets for sale on the pier and a few touristy restaurants with a great view. Remember that here the sun doesn't set over the... More 

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