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Stearns Wharf & the Harbor

Your stay at the Spanish Garden Inn puts you in close proximity to all of Santa Barbara’s top attractions. Our convenient location means that you are always within a brief walk or drive from the next stop on your itinerary, and our luxurious amenities are guaranteed to help you recharge after your long day of sightseeing. Confused about where to start? Just ask your concierge! 


Recharge at the Spanish Garden Inn

Santa Barbara’s most popular maritime destinations are located within walking distance of the Spanish Garden Inn, and our positive staff members are always eager to provide helpful recommendations about their favorite restaurants and local hangouts. After a long day of shopping, wining, dining, and exploring the wharf, you can take an evening stroll around our private gardens, relax in your elegantly furnished room, or attend our nightly wine and cheese reception.

Stearns Wharf

No trip to Santa Barbara is complete without a trip to its number one attraction, Stearns Wharf. Stearns Wharf is a classic wharf with ocean views, restaurants, specialty candy and ice cream shops, and educational centers. After treating yourself to a frozen treat, you can meet the marine life at the Sea Center, or visit the Stearns Wharf Bait & Tackle to rent the fishing equipment necessary to cast your line. Your whole family will enjoy making memories at this unforgettable Santa Barbara destination.

Santa Barbara Harbor

A day at the Santa Barbara Harbor is essential for anyone looking to experience Santa Barbara like a local. Both visitors and locals frequent this destination to breathe in the salty air, watch boats dock and fisherman unload their catch, and be moved by the essence of Santa Barbara. You can choose between leisurely activities like upscale shopping and dining, or you can try whale watching, sailing, kayak and Jet Ski rentals, scuba diving, and fishing activities at the Sea Landing in the harbor.

Whale Watching by Sea and Air

Have a “whale” of a good time during your stay at the Spanish Garden Inn by reserving your trip to discover some of Santa Barbara’s largest underwater residents. The coast of Southern California is well known among whale watchers as one of the best locations for viewing these gentle giants, and depending on the time of year, you can expect to see Pacific Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, Sea Lions, elusive Blue Whales and Orcas. Ask your concierge about adding a local whale watching trip, by boat or by helicopter (or both!), to your package at any time.