So-Cal Vibes in Sunny Santa Barbara

Feelin' the So-Cal Vibes in Sunny Santa Barbara. WONDERMENTARY - travel & photography blog

After days of cold winds and fog (clearly seen in this post), I finally felt the warmth and plentiful sunshine that I went to California for. In Santa Barbara, we felt what true So-Cal weather was like. “We only have 3 seasons here – spring, summer, and fall,” mentioned our hotel receptionist. Living here must be like living in paradise (earthquakes aside)! Due to the beautiful weather, we didn’t stay indoors for long and spent the afternoon out and about wandering Santa Barbara’s main street.

Feeding Seagulls Santa Barbara California

Finally! On the beach during warm weather! Now contrast this experience with the beaches in Monterey
Santa Barbara California
On the walk to main street. Classic, picturesque California.

Santa Barbara California Shops

Ice cream in sunny #California = 👌😎 #VSCOcam #icecream #selfie #sweets #mcconnells #santabarbara #springbreak #heckyes

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After eating ice-cream at McConnell’s, we went back to Stearns Wharf to eat some more. Holla.

Between the two of us, we split 4 lbs of crab. Now that’s what I’m talking about!

Pelican on Stearns Wharf Santa Barbara California

Stearns Wharf Santa Barbara California

After dinner, we caught the last rays of sun. Those iconic palm tree silhouettes though…#onlyinCalifornia

Santa Barbara California Sunset

Stearns Wharf Santa Barbara California Sunset

Just as I did in Morro Bay, I woke up early the next morning to catch the sunrise. Our hotel was right next to the beach, so that was definitely an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. However, I arrived a bit late, because the sun was almost already up on the horizon! Ahh well, next time…

Santa Barbara California Sunrise on Beach

Santa Barbara California Sunrise on Beach

Santa Barbara California Sunrise over Stearns Wharf
And it’s up!

Hearing about California from my friends made it seem like the northern and southern regions were two completely different states. After seeing both for myself, I can now believe that! The laid-back, chill, so-Cal vibe was ever-present in Santa Barbara, so it was a nice place to relax after spending a couple of days intense hiking (read about ’em here, here, here, and here).

Have you ever been to Santa Barbara? Where are your favorite cities in southern California?

Thanks for reading!

  • Christine | A Keane Sense of Adventure

    I heart Santa Barbara! Man that 4lbs of crab looks so good! I miss CA seafood! Love your sunrise pictures… You can’t tell you were late 😉

    • Thank you! Where did you live in CA?

  • funny how those who live in tropical countries tend to think snow is romantic and beautiful while the people who have winter in their countries think summer is the best
    and california with 3 seasons without heavy snowfall sounds just perfect!

    • Yup, you always want what you don’t have!

  • It’s a dreamy vision, I absolutely dream of going there! I whish I could have 3 seasons too!

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