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Stearns Wharf

Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA
805-564-5518; 805-897-2683
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Ranked #25 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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
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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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52 helpful votes 52 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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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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Madison, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We headed to the wharf at the end of our day in Santa Barbara. To be honest, it's not really a pretty place to hang out and the food options are quite limited. Most people seemed to be walking around looking for something to do or fishing. Note that there are not high rails around the entirety of the wharf... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

tourists are all around and the area is not too crowded, beware in this place while taking kids as there is no side rails and anyone can falldown in water. offers free parking with validation

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