Ansicht des The Ritz-Carlton, Bacara

Planning Your Trip

Combining all the best elements of California, Santa Barbara features breathtaking beaches, cultural sophistication and opportunities to explore the outdoors. Whether you plan to hike, dine, shop or simply relax, here’s what to bring to this beachfront hotel.

Aerial View
Aerial View
What to Pack

If your Santa Barbara itinerary is heavily weighted toward wine country, cheers. The region’s unique terroir produces some of the finest chardonnays, pinots and syrahs you’ll taste. If you’re planning to vineyard hop, pare down your suitcase by packing lightweight and light-colored separates in natural fibers that mix and match, flat or wedge heels, a light layer like a denim or cotton jacket, a water bottle for hydration, and sunblock and a sun hat for bright sunny days.

Resort Essentials

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is a Mediterranean oasis at the edge of the Pacific. With natural beaches, lush landscaping, luxurious accommodations and a world-class spa at your disposal, you only need a few items to make the most of your journey.

  • Santa Barbara boasts mild to warm sunny weather year-round, so you can pack sparingly, with an added light layer for evening.

  • Sunscreen is a must — choose a broad-spectrum, water-resistant formula to provide UV protection even while swimming.

  • Bring water-friendly sandals for the spa and pool, as well as your usual workout gear to take advantage of the fitness center, four tennis courts, yoga and Pilates classes, and more.

Outdoor Adventure

Santa Barbara abounds with nature and ways to enjoy it, whether hiking, biking, sailing, surfing, golfing, kayaking or horseback riding. Here’s what to bring.

  • Take hiking boots or sturdy running shoes to check out the amazing hiking trails, from Douglas Family Preserve overlooking Arroyo Burro Beach to the panoramic views 1,800 feet above the city at Inspiration Point.

  • Ocean temperatures are lower here in winter and spring, when surfers and other sea-goers tend to wear wetsuits. But you can happily wear your swimwear for ocean adventures through summer and early fall. 

  • Whether you’re heading for the tennis court, a hiking trail or out on the ocean, sun protection is essential. A dry bag will keep tech essentials, wallet and keys safe from the water.

Weekend Getaway

Santa Barbara is a favorite escape from the bustle of cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. This is what insiders bring.

  • Casual sophistication defines California style. Don’t bring anything too stuffy or formal — think athleisure and sportswear for day, and relaxed eveningwear such as flowy dresses, sandals, button downs and dressed-up denim for night.

  • Pack light, while putting some thought into your accessories — stylish sunglasses, watches, jewelry and handbags can be rotated with your daily outfits to add impact.

  • Comfortable walking shoes are essential for strolling Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail and eclectic neighborhoods, like the Funk Zone and palm-lined State Street, on foot.

Bacara Residence
Bacara Residence
What to Reserve

Reservations at the right places let you make the most of your time in Santa Barbara. Here is where you should book ahead, whether you’re arriving for a weekend getaway of wine tasting and hiking, or a summer vacation spent golfing, dining and relaxing at the spa

Pool and lounge seating outside The Spa.
Pool and lounge seating outside The Spa.

Santa Barbara invites impromptu exploration. But when a couple’s retreat or family getaway calls for a roundup of the region’s finest experiences, these action-packed itineraries will set you on the right path.