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Stearns Wharf

Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA
805-564-5518; 805-897-2683
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Ranked #24 of 69 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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152 reviews 152 reviews
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157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

nice and breezy anytime of day. Go for a stroll and the view. For a small fee, take the Little Toot water taxi over to the Harbor area.

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Garland, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We had a most beautiful day to walk down this historical wharf. Lovely views in all directions and cute shops to check out. There are even some wine shops with tastings. All in all a place not to miss.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Fantastic place to visit for both fishing, eating and buying gifts, Seals can been seen from the wharf.

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Mesa, Arizona
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I was blown away about driving on the wharf. We'll let me tell you it was freaky. But it was cool, great parking. We walk around to look in the shops. They have several places to eat also. Great views from the wharf.

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Calgary, Canada
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15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We were staying right across from Wharf and enjoyed strolling, shopping for souvenirs and eating at Shellfish restaurant. My 11 year old son, who loves to fish, saw the rental place "Stearns Wharf Bait & Tackle" and went to admire the rods. He gently picked one up and just as I was about to offer to rent it for him,... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Took a walk down the wharf rather than drive and park at the end. A few restaurants and souvenir shops open with quite a wait for the seafood place. Live crab to choose from to put on your plate. Fishing rods available for hire where you could buy your bait and try you hand. Quite a few boats out in... More

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ripley wv
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36 reviews 36 reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Nice experience, very pretty, some shops, places to eat, etc. Very walkable city but also has an inexpensive trolley bus.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

On recent trip to Santa Barbara, we were directed to visit Stearns Wharf and the yacht basin and Maritime Museum. We ended up enjoying the wharf so much that we had to postpone the yacht basin and museum. Walked to end of pier (you can drive on it also) and found the Shellfish Restaurant at the end. Had fabulous lobster... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

You can walk or drive out the pier. We chose to walk to experience the whole thing. The boats the water a back to the red roofed city is truly an amazing site

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Highwood, Illinois
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Stearns Wharf is very touristy. Food is not great on wharf and over priced. Nice spot to look at the boats and ocean but nothing else very special. Only a few shops to walk in and all filled with touristy goods.

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