Off the beaten path in Santa Barbara

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

Santa Barbara, CA, Hotel Oceana
Andrea M. Gómez

Santa Barbara weekend: Where to stay

Instead of a break-the-bank beachfront hotel:

Shop West Beach for deals. Like the Spanish colonial–style Hotel Oceana (from $239, including breakfast; 805/965-4577). The rooms are simple and comfortable with hardwood floors; beach cruisers come with vanity license plates; and the pool has cabanas.

East Beach is a smidge farther from downtown but has finds too, like the cozy Craftsman Old Yacht Club Inn B&B (from $149; 800/549-1676), with a reputation for its knockout breakfast.

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