Santa Barbara on a Budget

Published Date Author: , November 3rd, 2013

California MapThere’s no denying that Santa Barbara, one of the most beautiful towns on California’s central coast (and perhaps the entire United States), comes at a cost. But while you might not be able to stay in Montecito, or dine at San Ysidro Ranch, it’s still possible to experience the charm of this Pacific Ocean coastal town without depleting your travel budget in a single day. Of course, beaches are always a good option to while away an afternoon, but here are five other cheap activities to help you stay in motion:

Hike to Inspiration Point: The trailhead is located just a 5-minute drive from downtown, which means there are no excuses for skipping out on this 3.5-mile roundtrip hike that puts you atop a scenic overlook and gives you a panoramic view of downtown all the way north to the airport and beyond. While short, the hike gains 800 feet in elevation rather quickly, so be sure to bring plenty of water. And don’t forget your camera – the hike didn’t get the name “Inspiration Point” by accident.

Paddle Board in the Harbor: Regardless of whether you’ve tried stand up paddle boarding before, it’s unlikely you’ve done it in a setting as epic as the Santa Barbara waterfront. Beautiful views of the boats, beaches, and palm trees are framed by the mountains that hug the coast, and there’s a good chance you’ll spot a seal or two. Boards and tours are available from the Santa Barbara Sailing Center and start at $15/hour.

Authored By Will McGough – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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