Santa Barbara: an itinerary

I planned my first solo road trip to Santa Barbara in the middle of a pandemic, and here is my itinerary!

*Note: Things I researched but didn’t end up doing are denoted with a `` (asterisk)**

General advice

  • Make reservations for all activities and restaurants far in advance due to COVID capacity restrictions


I stayed at the Ritz Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara. Currently all restaurants on site are open for outdoor dining!


Since I planned this trip last minute in the middle of a pandemic I stayed away from group activities that required reservations and instead opted to free style the trip, here is what I did end up doing:

  • Yoga at the hotel or on the beach!
  • Hanging out at the hotel pool


  • Whale watching


  • I would recommend checking out some hikes in the area!*
  • Watch the sunset at Shoreline Park
  • Stop in San Luis Obispo when driving to Santa Barbara from the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Vintage Shopping in Santa Barbara



Go wine tasting in the Funk Zone! It’s what Santa Barbara is known for! Here are few places to go drinking in the area:

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