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“souvenir shops”(46 reviews)
“wooden pier”(24 reviews)
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Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular sunsets, and sample fare from fast food to fine dining at California's oldest working wharf.
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219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3581
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went for dinner and weren’t sure if we could park on the pier, but we could. Very easy to drove right on and had so much fun walking to the end. No charge the first 2 hours.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank tonip261
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here every morning and every evening to watch the sunrise or sunset and to stretch our legs. A nice bike path is here and it's great for people watching. There are benches along the way should you need to take a rest.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank intlwanderlust
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a brief stop here. Parking is free for 90 minutes. Check out the shops and restaurants very affordable!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Stacey B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stearns Wharf is a favorite stop when visiting Santa Barbara. I love the views out into the ocean as well as looking back at the shore. It was too early for lunch, but the restaurants we approached gladly showed us their menus so we could...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jandago
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to take an evening 🚶‍♀️ stroll or to join friends for lunch or dinner. Everyone seemed to enjoy browsing the tourist shops. We had fun taking photos of a big ol’ pelican perched on the railing. I think this dude is a frequent...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BugsBunny66
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walking along the pier is popular with many and the attractions at the end are good. The Harbor Restaurant is very popular and odd shops. There is an interesting history of Santa Barbara in flags on the left opposite the restaurant. It has flags of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank UKTurkeyTrotter
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice place to spend some time enjoying the Santa Barbara Harbor area. Touristy, yes, but that's to be expected.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tuba4You
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walking down Stearns Wharf is a wonderful way to take in this beautiful part of Santa Barbara, CA. What's not to enjoy about leisurely strolling out on a wharf in the Pacific Ocean?

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 2TravelersMn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice for a walk out to the end of the wharf. Fishing gear available there if interested. Lots of restaurants to choose from. Pelicans and seabirds.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CaliforniaLuRN
Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

Highly recommend a visit to Stearns Wharf. A nice view back to the town. A few shops to visit along the wharf. The ice cream shop was particularly nice!

Date of experience: January 2019
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irishlass75
September 28, 2017|
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Response from Ralph G | Reviewed this property |
No the shops and vendors are further on
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irishlass75
September 28, 2017|
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Response from Ralph G | Reviewed this property |
This is my very first visit so I couldn't say if this is the one but there was none or very few vendors at the beginning of the board walk leading up the pier
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Maureen B
August 26, 2017|
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Response from Fallbrookian | Reviewed this property |
I have seen pets on the pier, but there's no place for them to do their business so you'll want to see to that first! I'm not positive the souvenir shops would allow them, but there are outdoor cafes where they could join... More
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