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Best Date Ideas in Santa Barbara

Fall In Love With California's Most Romantic City

A city this scenic can't help but serve as the ultimate destination for romance. With a little creativity, the best date ideas in Santa Barbara can become lifelong memories of bliss and togetherness. The city's charming downtown, oceanfront vistas, and outlying areas of natural serenity all lend themselves to magical day trips and evocative evenings. Check out some of our tried-and-true date ideas, and plan your next romantic adventure. 

Toma Restaurant and Bar

Draped with ivy and boasting unhindered views of the harbor, Toma has all the ingredients for a truly special night. Its menu includes Italian specialties and a staggering wine list, many of which hail from the surrounding areas. 

324 West Cabrillo Blvd. 
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962-0777

Stearns Wharf

An evening stroll is the quintessential ending to a night of wine, laughter, and stories. Take your loved one for a leisurely sunset walk along the pier, and enjoy the spectacular harbor views as you get lost in one another's company. Brisas Del Mar, Lavender Inn by the Sea, and Inn By the Harbor are especially close, so that you can easily steal away to this beautiful overlook. 

Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

One for the old-school romantics, this is one of the world's premier collections of orchid species. Wander the paths of this botanical haven, and you may find yourself tempted to buy a specimen just for your sweetheart. Don't resist—orchids are a classic gift! 

1250 Orchid Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
(805) 967-1284

Whale Watching

Set out for the wondrous coast of California's best whale watching destination, for a date that will have marine life lovers enraptured. Condor Express offers a number of seasonal cruises, all providing unparalleled views of the formidable native whale species that call these seas home. 

301 West Cabrillo Boulevard,
Santa Barbara Harbor,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-882-0088

Learn more about our Whales & Tales Package, which includes accommodations for two and a whale watching tour for two. 

For more date ideas in Santa Barbara, enjoy our Romance on the Riviera package for accommodations for two, $50 dinner credit, bottle of chardonnay from Santa Barbara winery and a box of gourmet chocolates. 

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