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Stearns Wharf

219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3581
+1 805-564-5530
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A Pier Should NOT be a Street

I had assumed that the Wharf in Santa Barbara would be as upscale and interesting as other... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2017
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Lovely day and nice views

The wharf is an easy walk, with affordable and convenient parking just across the street. You are... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2017
Jules D
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219 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3581
+1 805-564-5530
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

I had assumed that the Wharf in Santa Barbara would be as upscale and interesting as other locations (State Street, etc). Au contraire. No offense but why the heck are CARS driving on this pier?? We were there right after sunset in December so it...More

1  Thank Singleonceonce
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

The wharf is an easy walk, with affordable and convenient parking just across the street. You are able to drive onto the wharf as well, but if you're looking to enjoy the scenery I suggest walking. The boats nearby made for some impressive views the...More

Thank Jules D
Reviewed 4 January 2017

was not impressed with the Wharf, lots of homeless and only franchise tacky restaurants there. Sorry but I've seen and expected better.

Thank JenCasselli
Reviewed 4 January 2017

It's always worth a walk on Stearns Wharf. You can drive out and park. Interestingly, public parking in Santa Barbara is the best deal in town - two bucks for the first 90 minutes. Several excellent restaurants on the Wharf, as well as an excellent...More

Thank jwmclean20016
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

The ocean is always soothing. This place is so quiet and calmed that goes perfect with its views.. It is a good spot for fishing and relaxing. There are a few restaurants.. My teen kids said it was a kind of boring, but that depends...More

Thank Betinaoruga
Reviewed 3 January 2017

From here you can watch the seals and shorebirds play. There are always fishermen at the end of the pier. Good, although expensive shopping and restaurants. It is well worth the money to have a meal here where you can take in the views. Come...More

Thank Brenda F
Reviewed 2 January 2017

To begin our trip up North, we stopped at State St to have a little ice cream and walk along the wooden pier. Parking was fairly easy as it was a weekday. I just traveled up a couple of side streets before finding a place...More

Thank Donna K
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Driving out to the end of the pier was an interesting experience and the first 90 minutes are free, shopping was minimal, watched many fishermen get lucky..

Thank philandnancy2016
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We spent around 3+ hours here and paid $5 as parking. Make sure you exit once in 90 minutes as first 90 minutes are free parking. We had lunch and tasted wine at deep sea winery.. Walked around interesting stores and drove out. We also...More

Thank Sherry T
Reviewed 30 December 2016

This is a nice wharf comparable to the Santa Monica pier. There are a few nice restaurants and shops. It offers a nice view of the Santa Barbara coast.

Thank JEFlippo
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Alicia A
How much is it to fish? Do they have pole rental? Do you need a permit? We are traveling to town for a wedding and looking for something for the boys to do
21 May 2017|
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Response from WanderJenn | Reviewed this property |
There used to be "no fishing" signs which were not enforced. Now there are signs for designated fishing areas. I believe that there is no overhead casting. . .for the sake of fellow visitors, I imagine. There is a bait... More
Are the artists/craftsmen in this area on a Saturday?
18 May 2017|
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Response from 407debraz | Reviewed this property |
In November they were only there on Sundays
Will there be fireworks for the 4th of july?, and has the oil spill impacted the water?, and is the ocean water safe to put your feet in? We go every year there for the 4th of july and just want to know before we head out there. Thank you
19 June 2015|
Response from DSamario | Property representative |
Thank you very much for reaching out. Santa Barbara beaches have not been affected by the oil spill beyond the passing tar ball and the beaches are full of visitors each day. We are very excited to be putting on our Fourth... More