Off the beaten path in Santa Barbara

A savvy traveler shows us there’s more here than State Street and the wharf 

Hotel Oceana poolside cabanas
Andrea M. Gómez

An insider's guide to Santa Barbara

Beautiful places come with the downside of a crowd.

On the upside, as I learned all too well from living in Santa Barbara, crowds stick together. Which also means they’re easy to lose—if you leave them to the tourist hot spots and instead seek out the less-obvious pockets of town.

Here's where to go, starting with these pool-side cabanas at the Hotel Oceana. More about where to stay next.

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