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Stearns Wharf

Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA
805-564-5518; 805-897-2683
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Ranked #25 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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St Helens, United Kingdom
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140 reviews 140 reviews
73 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Strolling along Santa Barbara seafront, we decided to give Stearns Wharf a whirl. Nice, but nothing special. Wooden, which started me thinking about pier fires (as you do!). Unsurprisingly there was a notice detailing the fire of 1973. Interesting facts to be found. Traffic on the pier is a little disconcerting. Little nick-nack shops and a couple of restaurants. Great... More

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Arvada, Colorado
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I am not sure if Santa Barbara is a place for tourists. So, you cannot expect something you may find in San Francisco here. During my business trip, I had a couple of hours to explore Santa Barbara beach in the late afternoon. I liked Stearns Wharf. The old wharf trading company seems to be the best place to buy... More

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riverside, ca
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Loved the warf. A little spendy, but beautiful and worth it!! It's fun to sit outside and take in beautiful Santa Barbara and watch all the beachgoers and water sports!

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Hockessin, Delaware
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I thought there would be more at this wharf. It has gorgeous views of the water and the mountains and several restaurants, a few small shops, and a very small "aquarium". It was fine. I just thought it would be bigger with more to offer.

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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

We took a stroll, whilst dodging the cars driving along it. The views of the beach were pleasant, there are a few places to eat on the pier, but these seemed expensive and crowded. If you have small children, make sure that you watch them, there are no railings at the end of the pier and it's a sudden drop.... More

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North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Beautiful scenery, but the local 'homeless' there use new tactics to part tourists and their money. I use homeless in parentheses because most appeared to be young people who are probably living in their parent's basements. I had the displeasure of listening to one young man complain to another about a man in leather shoes who wouldn't give him any... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I prefer the San Francisco Wharf. Restaurants over there could be pricy...I saw no energy at this place...

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Los Angeles, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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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191 reviews 191 reviews
75 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
3 attraction reviews
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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