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Best Photo Spots in Santa Barbara, California

Best Photo Spots in Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara is a small California city located on a beautiful stretch of the Pacific coastline. It’s only 90 minutes away from Los Angeles and is well known for its exquisite Spanish architecture, laid-back artistic vibes, and upscale taste. There are many eccentric places to take photos here and that’s why I’ve created the “Best Photo Spots in Santa Barbara” for you to enjoy!

Santa Barbara Mission

There are 21 Spanish Missions in the state of California and let me tell you, the Santa Barbara Mission TAKES THE CAKE! The exterior is stunning with pink trim and furthermore, the grounds are beautifully landscaped. It’s a must-see when visiting Santa Barbara, California.

Address: 2201 LAGUNA ST, SANTA BARBARA, CA 93105

The Chromatic Gate

Have you ever wanted to walk through a rainbow? Well, you can do just that at The Chromatic Gate in Santa Barbara. It’s one of the coolest spots in Santa Barbara and has come to be a staple in the community.

Address: 633 EAST CABRILLO BLVD, SANTA BARBARA, CA

Chase Palms Park

The land of nothing but Palm Trees, Chase Palm Park is the perfect place for a picnic in Santa Barbara. It’s adjacent to the beach with a skate park and shipwreck themed playground. It’s the perfect activity for families! We took one of our favorite photos EVER here so make sure to check out the posing video for the above photos on TikTok!

Address: 323 E CABRILLO BLVD, SANTA BARBARA, CA 93101

Stearns Wharf

Stearns Wharf Santa Barbara

Stearns Wharf is a wooden pier that juts out into the Santa Barbara harbor. It’s great for beautiful ocean views and you can grab dinner here at one of their many seafood restaurants.

Address: 217 STEARNS WHARF, SANTA BARBARA, CA 93101

Ganna Walska LotuslandPink House with Cacti at Lotusland in Santa Barbara

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Located on an estate in Montecito, California, Lotusland was purchased by Ganna Walska in 1941. After her passing, they turned it into a non-profit botanical garden. It’s known for its dramatic botanicals and is recognized as one of the top ten gardens in the world!

Address: LOTUSLAND, COLD SPRING RD, MONTECITO, CA 93108

Santa Barbara Courthouse

One of the prettiest places we visited in Santa Barbara was the Santa Barbara Courthouse. Its architecture is quintessential Spanish Colonial and there are so many corners that are great backdrops for photos.

Address: 1100 ANACAPA ST, SANTA BARBARA, CA 93101

Paseo Nuevo Staircase

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California is inundated with tiled steps but the Paseo Nuevo staircase is perfect for a good photo opportunity. There are two identical staircases and they’re located right next to Eureka restaurant.

Address: 601 PASEO NUEVO, SANTA BARBARA, CA 93101

The Funk Zone

The most creative part of Santa Barbara, California is The Funk Zone. It’s a small area that is dedicated to artistic murals, curated coffee shops, and outdoor eats. We really enjoyed coffee at Dart Coffee Co. and The Lucky Penny is a great spot for dinner!

Address: 220 GRAY AVE, SANTA BARBARA, CA 93101

State Street

State Street is the main attraction for downtown Santa Barbara. This palm tree-lined street runs for miles with boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. There are so many great photo opportunities on State Street. Just walk along State Street and see what catches your eye!

Address: STATE STREET, SANTA BARBARA, CA, 93101

Farren Road

This one is a local’s spot and it’s a bit off the beaten path. It’s located 40 minutes outside of Santa Barbara’s main attractions but has a beautiful ocean and mountainous view.

Address: FARREN ROAD, GOLETA, CA

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Thank you for reading my “Best Photo Spots in Santa Barbara” post. Are there any places that you love in Santa Barbara that I’ve missed? Be sure to let me know in the comments below and for more of my California guides head here!

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XO, Courtney

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6 Comments

  • Reply Passport Overused

    Great post 😁

    July 3, 2020 at 8:42 am
  • Reply Loise

    I would love to have a photo shoot there some day, looks pretty there. I especially love the tall-looking trees <3

    July 4, 2020 at 9:24 am
  • Reply spanishnomad1

    It’s always nice to know the photo spots before hand!

    July 4, 2020 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Alessia

    Can’t wait to visit one day and explore those beautiful photo spots! Really great post 🙂

    July 4, 2020 at 2:50 pm
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