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Why Go?

Dubbed the American Riviera for its stunning coastline, celeb residents (hi, Oprah), and expensive real estate

The laid-back appeal of a beach town, offering a culture fix if you need it (Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Spanish colonial architecture)

You saw Sideways, right? There are 80-plus wineries only 30 miles from Santa Barbara

What To Skip

East and West beaches on weekends—too crowded

What For:

Beach + Island, Family, Food + Wine, Golf, Luxury, Spa + Wellness

When To Go:

May, June, September, October


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