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Stearns Wharf

Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA
805-564-5518; 805-897-2683
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Ranked #24 of 71 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Activities: Fishing
Traveler Description:  Stearns Wharf has got to be the most beautiful wharf on the California coast.  Here you will find many touristy shops for souvenirs and several... more »
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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This place is great to spend time with friends watching the boats and paddlers go in and out of the harbor. Good restaurants , great views. Motorcycle only parking in a small area, or use the car spots, please out at least 2 bikes in one spot, thanks. No charge for motorcycle parking. I always bring people on this pier,... More

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San Marcos, California
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190 reviews 190 reviews
75 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Excellent place to take early morning walk with the dogs. Great pier with excellent views. Great place to go in afternoon for lunch or just to look around at the boats.

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Beverly Hills, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I have been to Santa Barbara on a number of occasions but this is the first time I walked on the pier. Just be careful not to get carried away with the views because there are no barriers and you can literally walk right off into the water. Not a good idea. You can't take a bad photo so make... More

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Calgary, Canada
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9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

In Feb 2013 (trip advisor doesn't go that far back), we took a spontaneous road trip out of SoCal and headed north along the 101/PCH...when u drive past Camarillo and Oxnard, u begin to encounter the mist coming from the Pacific ocean and as u get closer to S.B., ur in awe of the vastness of the Pacific ocean to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Stearns Wharf is a great place to either begin or end your visit to sunny Santa Barbara. It's a bit touristy, but what pier on the Pacific isn't? There are several good restaurants to choose from when it comes to price range and seafood selections. The view from the wharf is spectacular. You can see out to the Pacific on... More

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Abuja, Nigeria.
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Sterns Wharf must be one of the busiest tourist attractions in Santa Barbara. Leave the car behind because parking isn't easy. You will certainly enjoy it better if you walk. Not very much is happening there but the views around are lovely. There are restaurants and some shops to pick up souvenirs and gifts. The mountains, the ocean and the... More

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Indio, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Santa Barbara is a great tourist town because you can take in so many different kinds of sites in one day just by walking: downtown shopping, waterfront with long beach, Stearns Wharf, museums (art, history, acquarium), restaurants. If you get tired of walking, there is a waterfront shuttle you can ride for $.50, rent a bicycle built for 1 or... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

If you are lucky enough to visit Santa Barbara you will not want to miss a walk around the beautiful waterfront and Stearns Wharf. There are many dining options on the pier and it is within walking distance of the very fun Funk Zone. You can also drive out onto the pier and park for free (90 minutes with merchant... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Very nice to visit although I suggest walking to it as parking is obviously (and very understandably) a nightmare! We enjoyed the views of the ocean and looking back at the Santa Barbara mountains! Nice scenery and a few interesting touristy stores to poke your head into. Restaurants are a little over priced and fairly average but that is to... More

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Reston, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Touristy, average restaurants and lots of people. The views of the coast and the mountains were nice.

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