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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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Wooden splendor on the

A classic wooden wharf on the Pacific. Longest on CA coast, I believe. Shops, restaurants and lots of fishing to observe.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A classic wooden wharf on the Pacific. Longest on CA coast, I believe. Shops, restaurants and lots of fishing to observe.

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austin, texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We ate at SB Shellfish Co. At the end of pier but it looked like there were lots of options...even ice cream and candy shop. It's a nice long pier and interesting to watch all the fishing going on at the end of the pier. The food was great and watching the sunset was beautiful?

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Brea, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Our hotel was only a few blocks away so we were able to get to Stearns Wharf in a few minutes. It's a relaxing walk with beautiful views. Great photo opportunities. There are a few restaurants and little shops along the way. Very enjoyable.

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Stavanger, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Great place to sit on a bench and enjoy the cool ocean air. Great people watching, boat watching, and a wonderful place to grab a happy hour cocktail!

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virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We had only an afternoon and a night in Santa Barbara which was too brief. Using Trip Advisor we found first the Santa Barbara Mission, then Stearns Wharf, a restaurant, and a hotel located near each other and close to Highway 101. In the evening we walked the entire length of the Wharf and found so many interesting things to... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

we like coming to stearns wharf when we visit, it has great seafood restaurants with wonderful views, has little souvenir shops , and ice cream place, and the aquaruim, its not big but they have a really cool jelly fish exhibit there that is a must to check out., nice place to take a stroll on the pier and kill... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Sterns Wharf is a historical landmark and great ending for State Street,Santa Barbara's main street. State Street just extends into the wharf. The wharf was built in 1872 for passenger and cargo ships to unload. Now, there are several restaurants, ice cream shop and candy store to visit. It is a fun walk to the end of the pier to... More 

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Morrisville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

There are a few shops where you can get souvenirs. Also ice cream and candy. As well as several restaurants. You have to come here if you go to Santa Barbara.

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This time I rode my bike to the end of Stearns Wharf. Previously, I have always driven out onto the wharf. You can also walk out and then you do not have to pay the fee to drive on the wharf. There are many interesting stores, two or three great restaurants, people fishing, boats going in and out of the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We felt so welcomed on this wharf. We had arrived late due to a flight delay; our hotel concierge phoned and secured a last minute reservation for dinner. The wait staff greeted us a long-lost family, even though it was close to closing time. Great welcome to the area. We went back a few times just to wander the wharf;... More 

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Address: 219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Phone Number: +1 805-564-5530
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara

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