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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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Yerevan, Yerevan, Armenia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I liked it. I think when you visit Santa Barbara you should include this in your trip. We took a boat from the Wharf to Harbor and it was nice. it's a crowded touristic place. overall, i enjoyed it.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

Not too much here, but worth a quick stop if you like piers and want to see the water up close. Kind of a bummer to have to pay for parking, but it's the norm around southern CA. The waves were crazy big the day we were there. We heard a storm sent a wave crashing through the windows of... More

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is the oldest working wooden pier in the West Coast. There are a handful of shops and restaurants. There are public restrooms that are actually clean…First 90 minutes of parking is free with purchase. My husband and I spent about 45 minutes here….not much to do.

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Hanford, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We were looking at Mission Santa Barbara and decided to stop to check out the pier. You can drive on to the pier where their is paid parking which can be validated by one of the stores or restaurant if you buy something. We decide to parking the public parking area just down from the pier area. It is self... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Great spot to look at the Santa Barbara pastoral hillsides! Enjoy walking this wharf. Lots of activity. Did not eat here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Great views. Shops and restaurants are okay, but go for the views, the exercise, and the people-watching.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Wow! The views are spectacular from the pier- all the palm trees lining the beach with the Santa Ynez mountain range as the backdrop- breathtaking! Didn't check out the shops or restaurants... just sat and enjoyed the view--- Amazing!

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Powhatan, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

If you interested in some magnificent views of Santa Barbara don't pass this by. There are some touristy shops, restaurants, an Ice cream shop and a fortune teller. There is parking on the wharf but it was a bit congested. I parked a few blocks away since we would be touring the town. Allow about an hour. Sunset would be... More

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new jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Great to relax and walk along the pier have lunch at one of the many restaurants over looking the Ocean.You can bird watch and look at the beautiful view and the mountains.Their is a very nice gift shop. You can park on the street or park on the pier.

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Bonita, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Headed home down we drove through Santa Barbara along the costs and didn't see any restaurant the screamed at us to stop. I turned onto the pier was greeted by a valet, walked 20 feet to the restaurant, seated ourselved outdoors right on the wind break window with a view of the harbor. We made a note of all the... More

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