Travelers hoping to relax on the beach or enjoy a picture-perfect sunset will love Santa Barbara, the “American Riviera.” The California coastal city’s white stucco buildings and red-tile roofs are gorgeous and hint at Spanish colonial roots.
Santa Barbara combines an affluent sensibility and a laid-back atmosphere with an ease that’s simply not possible in other scenic destinations. The Mediterranean climate and broad beaches will welcome those who have come to relax, while upscale boutiques and diverse dining venues keep days and nights alive with excitement.
If you plan to charter flights to Santa Barbara for business or pleasure, prepare for your trip with these convenient travel tips.
Private Airport Near Santa Barbara
- Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA): Just 7 miles west of downtown Santa Barbara, SBA is the closest airport for flyer-friendly access to the city. It’s a small hub primary airport with distinctive architecture and a unique Public Art Program that lets flyers enjoy Santa Barbara’s local culture while passing through.
The Best Things to Do in Santa Barbara
- Go on a Sustainable Wine Tour: A pair of experienced sommeliers will lead you through Santa Barbara County’s wineries in luxury vehicles. Enjoy an organic lunch and wine tasting in one of the lush local vineyards.
- Spend the Day at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park: Also known as Hendry’s Beach (by the locals), this is the perfect spot to spend hours swimming, surfing, sunning, and grilling. Pack a picnic and go horseback riding on one of the park’s many trails to mix things up and enjoy the scenery from another perspective. Want to bike the trails or the coast? No problem! There are many bicycle shop rental locations throughout Santa Barbara.
- Tour Old Mission Santa Barbara: One of Santa Barbara’s most recognizable landmarks, the Old Mission is the only one in California to remain with the Franciscans from its founding (in 1786) until today. It’s still a functioning house of worship and includes a museum, cemetery, the ruins of the old mission aqueduct, and a beautiful rose garden. Self-guided tours take an hour or two, and docent-led tours are also available if you’d like to be guided.
The Best Places to Eat in Santa Barbara
- Caffe Luxxe - Montecito: From 7am to 4pm every day you can head to Caffe Luxxe in Santa Barbara for direct-sourced, fresh-roasted coffee that was voted “Best in the West” by the Louis Vuitton Travel Guide. Breakfast and lunch options (and organic treats!) make this a perfect morning or midday stop for pleasant conversation and good eats.
- Bouchon: Hunting for a fine dining standout? Try the crispy duck breast with duck leg confit or the short rib with risotto at Bouchon. This hardwood-floored venue features charming rustic ambiance, optional patio seating, and is perfect for a romantic and delicious dinner of French and European cuisine.
- Oku: Come enjoy the Asian-inspired fare at Oku, a two-story oceanfront surf and turf that’s one of the newest and most exciting options in town. The rooftop offers fantastic sunset views of the Pacific as you savor seared scallops, kalbi-style short ribs, and an incredible selection of sushi.
The Best Time to Visit Santa Barbara
Is there a bad time to visit Santa Barbara? The Mediterranean-style climate guarantees seasonable weather for the majority of the year. July and August offer the warmest sun and water temperatures, but the shoulder seasons (May or September) are perhaps the best time to visit if you want thinner crowds and better pricing on accommodations. The winter months are known to be a bit rainy and too cool for sunbathing. However, winter also offers access to all of Santa Barbara’s greatest attractions at mere fractions of the price you’d pay in the summer!
Book Your Private Jet Charter to Santa Barbara With Hangar 7
Our agents are ready to offer you advice and flexible accommodations as you prepare to charter your private flight to Santa Barbara, California. Contact Hangar 7 Aviation today and start arranging the details of your trip!