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A must for the visit to check out the beach area is a promenade along Stearn's Wharf. There are a few restaurants on here and a few shops to boot including a confectioners where I purchased some incredibly expensive delights of the chocolate variety.
salt water taffy and lobster
The wharf is a staple in every sight seeing expedition when traveling within Santa Barbara. A walk along Cabrillo Blvd as well. The gigantic dolphin statue right in front is a trade mark, and the wharf also has great places to eat! The SandBar Grill, Moby Dicks, and the ice cream parlor or salt water taffy store! So delicious. Everytime I come and stay in Santa Barbara, I have to stay at The Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com). Located downtown they have great rooms and was rated one of Santa Barbara's best hotels by the LA Times! I especially love lounging on the pool deck by one of their pools after a long day.
Basically a tourist trap on the Ocean. Still is has a few restaurants, a small aquarium and many tourist shops.
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Built in 1872 to serve cargo and passenger ships, the wharf is now a landmark in Santa Barbara.
You can drive and park on the pier and there are restaurants, shops and a museum towards the end.
It's pretty congested around the pier so you may want to park in one of the nearby lots instead of on the pier. There is plenty of ample parking close by.
Beach from Stearns Wharf
View of the beach from Stearns Wharf. The very end of the pier is left open for fishermen. And on a clear day you can see the Channel Islands. Different boat excursions also start at the pier.
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