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Explore Santa Barbara from this Hotel by The Beach

From mornings spent touring the region’s vineyards, to afternoons passed within the buzzing arts community, Santa Barbara promises both outdoor adventure and cultural fulfillment. Discover boutique shopping, annual festivals, golf, horseback riding and more during your stay at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara. Located by the beach, the hotel is near some of the city’s best-loved attractions, including the neighboring Sandpiper Golf Club, the avant-garde Funk Zone and the Santa Barbara Bowl, which hosts some of the city's biggest concerts. Strike out on your own, or allow the Ladies and Gentlemen of the resort to craft a customized itinerary for your stay on what is deservedly known as the American Riviera.


The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara guests can swim in three pools, surf or sail at the beach, receive one-on-one attention from the resident tennis pro, play a round at the adjacent championship golf course or walk the on-property nature trail. Santa Barbara is also home to a thriving arts community, festival circuit and winery region, inviting guests to explore beyond the resort to discover more of what the area has to offer.


Santa Barbara’s three 18-hole championship golf courses include Sandpiper Golf Club, located next door to the resort. Tee times at all courses can be arranged through the resort.


The resort’s four Har-Tru clay composition courts host adult and junior clinics, matches and private and semi-private lessons. Equipment is also available for rental.

Click here to learn more about our tennis program.

Beaches and Pools

Set on 78 acres, the resort offers two-mile natural beach, three zero-edged saline, heated pools with private cabana rentals and watersports including surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Learn more about our Pool Cabana rentals.

Outdoor Adventure

Take advantage of Central California’s year-round temperate climate and discover the beauty of Santa Barbara on a leisurely bike ride along the beach or through historic downtown. Adventure seekers can enjoy mountain biking atop the Santa Barbara Bluffs, catching waves on a surfboard, and exploring the Gaviota Coast by kayak or paddle board.
For more information regarding tours and rentals, please contact CalCoast Adventures at 805.628.2444.

*Electric bikes, mountain bikes, and beach bikes can be picked up at CalCoast Adventures, located just off the Main Lobby by the Front Drive. Surfing, Kayaking, and Paddle Boarding are available off-site, weather permitting.

Meet Your Maker

Discover the secret to your favorite wines when you barrel sample future vintages and taste private reserve/library wines. Experience includes a gourmet picnic lunch, a private guided tour, and tastings.

Santa Barbara City Tour

From local wineries to bespoke shopping experiences, encounter the rich history, of Santa Barbara. Tours include a customized itinerary, private guide, transportation, and local dining experience.

For more information or to reserve the Meet Your Maker or Santa Barbara City Tour experiences, please contact Santa Barbara Coastal directly or resort Guest Relations.

Haskell's Beach Coastline Kayak

Enjoy lunch while kayaking along 3 miles of the majestic Gaviota Coastline spotting dolphins, sea lions, pelicans, and more.

Natural History Hike

Led by an expert guide, uncover the natural beauty of native plants, local geology, and Native American culture.

Mountains to Shore Downhill Biking

Cruise downhill on Gibraltar Road, a paved mountain road that winds its way into the heart of downtown Santa Barbara.

For more information or to reserve Haskell's Beach Coastline Kayak, Natural History Hike, or Mountains to Shore Downhill Biking, please contact Santa Barbara Adventure Company directly or resort Guest Relations.

Exclusive Yachting Excursions

California’s premier destination for on-the-water fun, guests can explore the open sea aboard a luxury private sailboat or yacht. Ideal for special occasions, an exclusive voyage along the Gaviota Coast awaits.

For more information, please contact Santa Barbara Sailing Center or resort Guest Relations. Reservations can also be placed online.