38 Best Stops Between the Carmel Valley and Oxnard (2024)

The top stops along the way from the Carmel Valley to Oxnard (with short detours) are Superior Court Of California County Of Santa Barbara, State St, and Tobin James Cellars. Other popular stops include Ventura Pier, Old Mission Santa Barbara 1786, and Old Mission Santa Ines 1804.


Estrella Warbird Museum

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The Estrella Warbirds Museum is an aviation museum located in Paso Robles, California that specializes in restoring and preserving military aircraft, vehicles, and memorabilia.

This is a very kid friendly place to visit. We went with 3 kids under 2 and one 3 y/o and they had an absolute blast. All the airplanes, tanks, and vehicles outside are hands on and the kids can climb into many of the attractions. They have an indoor car museum that is no touching but there is one little car to climb in there too. Overall I highly recommend for a mixed aged audience, everyone loved it from youngest to oldest and it was worth the price of admission.

Erin Morey — Google review

A must see when visiting Paso, but also a must revisit for those of us that live in Paso. They update the museum and rotate in New planes etc often. Very knowledgeable staff and guides. Everyone is super nice, and it's all for a great cause.They have a great mission statement too. Be sure to ALWAYS donate more than just the entry fee. This is to preserve our great history, and educate! Love the Warbirds Museum!

Brandon Stier — Google review

We went to the Smoke and Rust BBQ, Antiques and Car show there and really enjoyed that venue. The planes are beautiful, and people brought some really nice cars for the show too. This event was a fundraiser for a pediatric cancer charity and was very nice to attend and vend at. I can't wait to go back and visit again.

Monica Gray — Google review

A really amazing museum. The staff is really friendly and are happy to answer your questions. Seeing the jets and planes up close is really an experience that no picture can justify. Take a visit, you will not be disappointed.

Todd Tennison — Google review

Such a hidden gem in Paso! We’ve been Paso Robles so many times never found it until this trip, and so glad we went! You can feel they put a lot of love into this museum, and did their best for maintenance. It’s much bigger than it looked like, I thought we were only going to spend 1 hour max here, but ended up staying about 2 hours!

Kristy ShanYun Chung — Google review

Absolutely loved this museum! My 6 year old ran around saying wow look at this! He lived climbing in the planes and tanks that were open. Absolutely great! We will definitely be back!

Allison Wright — Google review

This place is awesome! If you want to see some history of what our soldiers flew, drove, shot, or operated, then this place is a must see. I loved the aircraft, and military exhibits. Honor our veterans by stopping by and donating to this museum! There are displays of ammunition, radios, pieces of the Japanese zero aircraft, German Messerschmitt instrument panels... the list goes on. I hope to stop by this museum again. Remember, we would be speaking German and Japanese if our soldiers had not fought and sacrificed their lives for you and I!

Precision Insulation and Coatings — Google review

A hidden gem! My husband and I love history and so museums are always on our agenda. This place is amazing and I could see us coming back to check it out again. The docents are friendly and available, but let you go at your own pace. You could spend hours here and still not see everything! You never know how big these machines are until they are towering over you. A great day here and so much history you can feel and touch!

M Wentland — Google review

Fabulous museum! We spent about 2 hours here enjoying all the cars, planes and WW2 memorabilia. So much to see and learn with cars that we had never seen before. Well worth the time.

Wendy “The Traveling Squirrel” — Google review

What an amazing place in a nicely semi secluded location. The people at the museum were very welcoming and took us in quickly. The wait was virtually none. You start in the gift shop and move onto the interior portion of the museum where there is so much to see and read. The description on their website is typically a four hour visit with a potential for a second day...that's very correct. If you stop to read everything and fully immerse yourself, it will take a while to leave the first portion of the museum. Once out onto the outdoor section, the places are spectacular. Some with their engines intact, other with their engines gotten, either one lends itself to great views. You can get up close and personal with the planes, just don't touch. Wheel bays are open and you can stick your head up there and look at the components that makes everything tic, but watch your head! You can essentially walk the entire ground with some exceptions that are roped off. There are planes, engines, tanks, missiles, munitions, plane restorations in progress, classic car/race car section and general reading. It is a blast for those who love wartime history and wartime relics. The classic car collection is massive, that was a pleasant surprise. I understand the preservation of the planes, but I would have loved to be able to enter one of their larger planes and just take it all in. As an aerospace tech, this was a great time. I'd definitely love to visit again. Great experience for my father and I. Great job Estrella Warbird Museum.

Carlos Garcia — Google review

Saw a sign and decided to check it out! We are so glad we did! It was pretty cool!

Sandra Gregory — Google review

4251 Dry Creek Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446, USAhttps://www.ewarbirds.org/(805) 238-9317


Eberle Winery

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Eberle Winery is a family-run winery located in Paso Robles, CA. It features a modern production facility and tasting room, as well as vast underground wine caves. The winery offers complimentary wine tastings and public tours of the production facility and caves.

One-of-a-kind experience that I imagine is the perfect place to start in Paso. Yes, owner Gary really does hang out around the tasting room, yes, tastings and tours are complimentary, and yes, the wine is awesome! I especially enjoyed the Rouge blend and the Cabernet (of course). Look forward to coming back and bringing more friends and family to Eberle!

Eric Newell — Google review

We had been wanting to stop here on our business travels, and finally had a chance to. Lovely tour of the cave. They recommend reservations, but we popped in and they fit us in. Great, FREE wine tasting and our tour guide Fiomma, was our tasting guide too. Very good wines. I left with 3 bottles and I desire to come back again!

Lauren Brown — Google review

Great tasting and tour.If this is your first time visiting Paso, this is a great starting place. Book the tasting and tour online. The process is very easy. And the follow up emails are good.Tasting is free. They have a wide rang of offerings. My personal favorite is Muscat Canelli. (think of it as the sweet fruity dessert Wine for a hot summer day)The tour to the cave is very fun as well.

Cz juarez — Google review

First make sure you make a reservation as not to miss the most unique experience in the area: the visit to the caves. Lisa guided us through some informative tour and the history of the wine maker. Then Stephanie took care of the tasting and conversation in the tasting room. This was a wonderful experience. Thanks to all staff.

jose lourenco — Google review

This winery is beautiful, and the staff are amazing--They gave us great recommendations about things to do and see in the area, and were incredibly nice. The cave tour was very neat and informative (and free!) And of course, the wine was wonderful. Will definitely be coming back!

Hannah ?Bear? Arman — Google review

Cave tour and the wine tasting was complimentary. The hostess was very informative and even offered to take our pictures during the cave tour. The tasting deck had such wonderful views of the vineyard. Definitely a place to relax and sip some amazing wines!.

Aswati Aravind — Google review

Such a great winery in Paso Robles. Eberle has been here since the 70’s or 80’s making it one of the OG’s. They are known for their great red wines and their caves. You can take a cave tour, which I highly recommend. Tastings are still complimentary, which is truly a rarity, unfortunately, in the Paso area. Stop buy for a tasting and pick up a bottle or two.

Brandon Cohrs — Google review

We wanted to do some wine tasting and watch the sun set and we did just that at Eberle Winery. Customer service was great, wine tasting tour was very nice. We had a lovely time watching the sun set. Our experience at Eberle was 5 stars. Thank you!

L Yaj — Google review

Amazing wines. I have never loved all the white and red wines at a winery before. All were velvety smooth. I was amazed! Very reasonably priced too. The grounds are beautiful. Caves are amazing. Must see. And they give big military discounts. Highly recommended stop if you are in Paso

Bill Schultz — Google review

Made reservations online prior to visiting is highly suggested. Enjoyed a table on the outdoor patio and received amazing service from Jennifer who was running around everywhere making sure our glasses were always filled and gave the best recommendations. Walked away with a membership using my veterans discount of %50 off. Thank you for making our visit a memorable one and can't wait to come back and indulge in more great tasting wines.

Mikey Bonifacio — Google review

Lovely winery near Pasa Robles with a free wine tasting (with a guitar serenade!) and cave tour with a fascinating look at their history and business. The people are so sweet. They also do great charity work- 100% of donations / select bottle purchases on Memorial Day weekend went to veteran related orgs. Just an awesome place.

Preethi Raju — Google review

I've been an Eberle wine club member for several years and didn't hesitate to book our destination wedding at Eberle Winery! Oralia and Cara were amazing event hosts! Our ceremony overlooking the vineyard was spectacular and our reception in the wine cave was so unique and romantic! I highly recommend Eberle for any special event. Their wines are all delicious!

Lori Franklin — Google review

We walked in without an appointment, but we were able to do a tasting with Michael, who was very knowledgeable. Afterwards Michael gave us a tour of the caves, which are worth seeing.We ended up buying a case of Muscat Canelli.

Andy Van Pelt — Google review

Amazing experience and wine. Tour of the “caves” was fun and informative, Chardonnay was amazing - got a bottle. They have a cave room you can reserve -need to find an occasion to do so. Highly recommend.

Konstantin Goldin — Google review

3810 CA-46, Paso Robles, CA 93446, USAhttp://www.eberlewinery.com/(805) 238-9607

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Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden

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The Frankel family has created a beautiful estate that fuses wine and art together to create an Instagram-worthy experience for wine aficionados and art lovers. Sculpture gardens meander through landscaped gardens featuring sculptures by well-known artists, and the winery has even developed its own pistachios which can be enjoyed at the tasting room or in snacks like mini pizzas. Truly one of Paso's top attractions, Sculpterra is definitely worth a visit!

Great place to taste wine, knowledgeable staff and fantastic grounds. Plan on spending time viewing metal sculptures on the grounds.

JAMES Zyskowski — Google review

What a delightful experience. The staff that served us was extremely knowledgeable about wine and coffee. He walks us through each of the wine and explains it thoroughly. I appreciate the information that is provided with the wine tasting. The setting is nice. The tasting is done with you standing but the place is real comfortable. You can also bring your lunch or order from the food truck and sit in the picnic area. The sculptures are fun to watch. There re live music performance on some days.

Justin Lee — Google review

Definitely got the Paso Robles experience here. The property was amazing even on a gloomy day. We tried so many wines and collectively bought so many bottles in our party. Frazier was great at making our experience amazing. The art and iron work all around the property made it even better of an experience. Would recommend to anyone visiting the area.

Rafael Robles — Google review

Loved everything about this place. The sculptures, the wine, the employees, the other guest. Such a great enjoyable time didn't here. So much so that we joined.Brice who poured for us was so fun, full of history and stories.The live music and food truck and added bonus.

Julie Freedman — Google review

For sure it’s very unique place which was made with a big live to the art! Definitely, it’s like a live museum with many spectacular sculptures. The garden is with different sort of plants, there is play ground for the kids. It’s a very first place where I was able to taste not only wine, but also the grapes from which these wines were made. The staff is super friendly and one man told us a lot about this winery and grapes and wines. There are shaded seats and tables around the park. You can easy to find enough clean WC around.We found Primitivo wine like a best for us. We spent several hours here, enjoying this awesome place.

Alexius K — Google review

This place is amazing! It’s a huge sculpture, garden and wine tasting place right in the middle of Paso Robles county. You can spend the whole day you’re walking around, looking at the sculptures, the photos and admiring the scenery. This is not to be missed if you are anywhere close to the area.An amazing experience you will not want to miss !!

Taufiq Habib — Google review

Came here on Black Friday after randomly looking on Google Maps for a place to visit - we were surprised at how nice and lively it is. The grounds are very large and open for people to hike around. The sculpture garden would be interesting for kids to wander around and there’s food and drinks for everyone. Definitely worth a visit when in town.

Wee Khim Lee — Google review

Maybe my favorite winery in Paso. Incredible wines, over-the-top service from Iddy, tasty pistachios grown on-site, and beautiful art all around. What more could you want in a tasting? I’ve bought the Mega Focus at Costco since tasting, it’s especially great.

Eric Newell — Google review

I was completely immersed in the atmosphere from the very entrance to the territory of the winery. Huge beautiful territory with unique sculptures, around vineyards and pistachio gardens, hiking trails. There is a playground for children and adults. The staff is passionate about what they do. There are many tables with comfortable chairs in the shade of the trees, where you can sit and enjoy the wine. If you wish, you can buy one of the sculptures. Spent several hours there. Everything is very atmospheric. You can try the grapes of different varieties from which wine is made. I have no regrets, I can only recommend that you definitely visit this winery. Many wines are presented, I liked Primitivo. I wish prosperity Sculpterra Winery

Elenchik K — Google review

We cannot rave about this winery enough! We walked in at 4pm on 3/22/23, an hour before closing. We were greeted kindly and even got to do a private wine tasting with Bruce. Bruce was a FANTASTIC wine steward. He was an excellent conversationalist and knew so much about the wine, sculptures, the history of the winery, the staff and employees, and more. Without a doubt, the price of the tasting was worth it 5 times over, with a well-curated wine list, pleasant and accommodating staff, and a stunning location along with the beautiful sculpture gardens to walk through. Bruce made our experience so lovely and we will have great memories to bring home. We highly recommend stopping at this winery for anyone on a central California coast trip! 5++ stars.

Sarah Johnson — Google review

Great winery with sculptures. In the Labor Day weekend, there is a food truck and live music in the garden. The wine tasting is $20 for 5 different wines. Great deal. Good place for friends and family gathering.

Traveler — Google review

We did the tour and tasting. Worth every penny. Fraser was our host and he was exceptional. The wines are subjective as all are. We tasted and found several we liked and purchased. The grounds alone are worth the visit.

Dennis Hinkley — Google review

Fills your cup! Spiritually, artistically, and with excellent wines. The sculptures are so beautiful. Kathleen B was amazing and her love of the winery made you feel like family.

Joan Smugar — Google review

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Tobin James Cellars

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The Tobin James Cellars Winery is a winery located in the heart of Paso Robles wine region, featuring an inviting tasting room with a grand, 150-year-old bar. The winery crafts intense fruit driven wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrahs, Zinfandel, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Dessert Zinfandel.

Tobin James is one of me favorite wineries. There Reseve Chardonnay is fantastic. Can't leave here without a case everytime. There are so many wonderful tasting wines. The staff is awesome, kind, helpful, nice and so much fun to do tastings with. Staying on the property is awesome. The room are fantastic. Very clean. Well equipped it all your needs. What a wonderful experience.

Tracey Rapp — Google review

First time at Tobin James and our first stop in Paso. We had a wonderful experience and Andrew made it even more enjoyable! The wines are great, the atmosphere is welcoming, and every staff member was awesome! They truly lived up to their great reviews. I would totally recommend going here if you want good wine and a warm and inviting experience! I was having such a great time I forgot to take any photos of the wines. Also, as a side note- the little birdie wine topper is a must! It chirps when you pour 🐦

Robin — Google review

It was a really great experience here at Tobin James! Everyone was nice and very helpful. Highly recommend coming here while in Paso Robles!

Payton Parks — Google review

We stopped by TJ today for the first time, and enjoyed a tasting with Crystal who was very friendly and informative! She was a large part in our decision to join the wine club. My wife and I sampled over a dozen wines. We had a great experience and left with a few souvenirs. We are looking forward to our first 8 bottle shipment in April, but we will probably be back before then.

Brett W — Google review

Stop by on your way to and from Palo Robles. It’s a big place with country of staff outside seating and picnic area. The manager is very attentive, and the wines are excellent. $20 tasting fee is waived if you buy a bottle.

Taufiq Habib — Google review

The party events are incredible. 4 bands playing through the night and food galore by over 25 food vendors all night long.

Carlos Leal — Google review

I really wanted to love this place, in fact at first we wanted to stay for two days. It is that beautiful. Our plan was to do a photo shoot on the second day, as there are so many unique buildings, antique fixtures, and just overall lovely scenery. The ladies who checked us in were so friendly too. As Harvest Host members it is 'requested' that we spend $20 at a property, and we always spend much more than that. This particular property, however 'required' that we spend $20 per person. The wines were mediocre, which I could have lived with. What turned us sour on our stay was the bartender. I literally felt as though I was a waste of his time. I tried to communicate with him, but all I ever got in return was, "which one do you want to try" There was no verbal communication of what the wines were like, what they paired well with, or upsell of any sort. At one point the bar tender left us to talk to a fellow employee. I witnessed him whisper to her as he pointed at me and my husband. I could go on but I think you get the picture. We wasted no time leaving.

Cherri Rodriguez — Google review

Tobin James winery is a Gem in Paso Robles. We tried varieties of Reserve and Red wines. All tasted very distinct and loved them all. A big shout out to Donna, she took great care of us. Vibe of the place makes it extraordinary. Specially loved the bar table decor. Would highly recommend this winery in central coast.

Reema Chaudhari — Google review

Just finished my first wine tasting experience at Tobin James… AMAZING atmosphere. I absolutely LOVED Veronica, and her recommendations were spot on. You don’t always find a place that has great wine AND great people. If you haven’t checked them out, I HIGHLY recommend making this a top place to stop if you’re coming to Paso Robles. Added bonus is they are visibly supportive of our nation’s military. Will definitely be back!

Brit Hens — Google review

I recently visited Tobin James Winery, excited to use a wine passport I earned after completing a marathon. This passport was supposed to grant me a complimentary visit, and Tobin James was explicitly listed as a participating winery. Unfortunately, they did not uphold their end of the agreement. Despite my attempts to resolve the issue, pointing out that other wineries had accepted the passport without question the same day, the staff simply dismissed its validity.Despite this disappointment, there were some highlights to my visit. A few of the wines were delightful, and one server was particularly helpful, enriching my experience with his deep knowledge of their wines. His passion for sharing and educating was a bright spot in an otherwise frustrating experience.However, the situation soured again when I tried to leave. I hoped for some understanding or a solution regarding the passport issue, but instead, I met with dismissiveness from the staff. This lack of support and customer service left me feeling overlooked and undervalued.While I enjoyed the wines, my visit was overshadowed by the winery's failure to honor their commitment and their poor handling of the situation.

Cian Amor — Google review

We didn’t make an appointment and just last minute decided to stop by and buy wine.We came at 5pmish (they closed at 6) and they graciously let us in!We were able to sample 3 before buying their moscato! It was sooo good :0) And the lady was very friendly but I unfortunately forgot her name.Their main room is huge and the bathroom was really clean!I would come back here with an appointment.

Jessica You — Google review

We had a blast! Rachel, our host, was amazing. We ended up buying lots of amazing wine, and a turtle aerator! This was the last winery before heading back, and we highly recommend it!

Konstantin Goldin — Google review

A must visit on your wine tasting trip! Great atmosphere, friendly staff and amazing wines across the board. While the trend in Paso seems to be to raise tasting fees, increased bottle prices and higher bottle limits to wave tasting fees, TJ has kept their prices on the ground. If you want a really great atmosphere and wines that are very reasonable, this is the place to visit!

Tricellceo — Google review

9/18/22 We visited here when we vacationed in the central coast. It hasn't changed since our last visit in May. No masks required. They do reservation for busy weekends and holidays. Very popular winery. The receptionist up front was very nice. We didn't have a reservation but she let us in. Luckily it wasn't busy. The pourer selected samples of what I would like. He was great. The charming and wonderful ladies who rang up the sale were very helpful. Nice surprise was the discount for buying 6 bottles. This is our favorite place to visit. There is a grassy doggie area for the furry travelers.We stopped here on the way to the coast and back. Lots of free parking with handicap access. Tall shady trees with patio seating. Very friendly and extremely helpful hostesses. They fill in the list of the wines you want to sample and or puchase at the entrance. I came here to purchase specific wines that luckily were available. You take the list to the cashier inside. They get the wines from the back and ring up the sales. They accept credit cards. My last visit here was 10 years ago. The staff are as helpful and friendly as ever. The interior is the same western decor. Their wines are world renowned. This is our favorite winery in Paso Robles. We will return.

L. Consoli — Google review

The location is convenient and good, but there is no winery vibe. I missed the attention of the staff. If you don't ask anything, you won't hear anything. It seems to me that more work needs to be done to prepare the customer for the purchase. Today there are a lot of offers, so it is important not just to give a try for money

Elenchik K — Google review

8950 Union Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446, USAhttp://www.tobinjames.com/(805) 239-2204


Ancient Peaks Winery

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This place was certainly one of the best stops in our trip along the west coast. The kind treatment of the people inside, the selection of food, cheese, delicious figs and other forest fruits, and the unparalleled taste of their wine (which for us coming from Europe is rare to find given our high standards) made it an unforgivable location. We highly advise visiting it.

Javi Viana — Google review

We walked in without a reservation on a weekday. There is seating both outside and inside. They have a restaurant where you can have snacks or lunch. Shelley served us 5 wines from the pearl collection. I liked the 2019 whole cluster Syrah which featured a deep color and leathery palate. These wines are quite dry and have higher ABV. The 2020 Malbec is already good but could lay down for another year or two. They have several wine club choices. This is a large Winery with nice facilities.

JD Rinde — Google review

Wonderful experience! I remember visiting Ancient Peaks Winery years ago when it was only a tasting room. Today, the tasting room has expanded, and now includes a full restaurant with a great selection of options, as well as the wines to taste or by the glass. The wines are well made, and there are a sizable selection of different varieties (including now three Italian varieties) at a wide range of price points for all budgets. The tasting room is welcoming and friendly, and the service has always been exceptional. Santa Margarita is just 15 minutes from San Luis Obispo, but the little town seems like a throwback to another era, and you can sit outside on the patio and enjoy the small town feel. Our server shared with us the interesting history of the land and soils of the Santa Margarita Ranch, including fossilized oyster shells that help deliver some of the characteristic flavors of the wines we tasted. Definitely worth a visit.

Chris — Google review

We were visiting San Luis Obispo from out of state and decided to book a wine tasting for two during our stay. This was place was incredible! From the peaceful relaxing atmosphere and view to the very attentive staff with excellent service, we had a great time!Book a tasting at this place; you wont regret it!

Jason Hayes — Google review

The perfect pairing to the super bloom! We will definitely be back! Amazing staff, delicious food and the wine is always a favorite of ours!!

Annette Aviles — Google review

We love visiting Ancient Peaks and the super staff. They always make us feel welcome and appreciated.Christina is a real sweetheart and always keeps us laughing and we love her.This is a great place to stop and relax and enjoy some really great wine.

George Wong — Google review

Enjoyed a lovely flight. All 5 tastes were very good. Lunch is a must. Ordered the Santa Margarita burger with truffle fries. Burger was cooked to perfection. Hubby had the Smoked Tri Tip sandwich. Delicious. Going to be sure to come back to try more of the menu. Especially dessert.

Valerie Zacharchuk — Google review

One of our favorite wineries. Good wines at good prices. Always enjoy our visit. Staff is very helpful and friendly. Great place to taste wine or have lunch. Worth a visit.

Bob Bojorquez — Google review

Great experience! The wine is divine. The chardonnay and maybe stood out to me the most. Tried the Pearl Reserve wine tasting. Katie is so knowledgeable and friendly. We learned a lot about the soil and wines and the area. Gorgeous seating areas, we sat on a comfy couch! Definitely recommend.

Katrina England — Google review

Recommended to us after our excursion with nearby Central Coast Trailrides. Excellent parmesan truffle fries and fresh baguette with olive oil and balsamic. Enjoyed 2 refreshing glasses of wine - Cabernet Sauvignon & Renegade. Our server, Christina, was personable and delightful!

Rachel W — Google review

Fabulous wines, delicious food, our server was Karen. She was wonderful. Karen deserves a Christmas bonus because she is a good sales woman. Because of her we joined your wine club. My favorite is the Pearl Cabernet Sauvignon. Looking forward to coming again!

Margie Saiz — Google review

We had a lovely time visiting the Ancient Peaks Winery! We were greeted with joyful smiles from an excellent staff who goes above and beyond for the needs of their customers! We ordered the tri tip & the truffle fries, both out of this world. They have a wonderful variety of delicious wine & an amazing menu to choose from. Savannah & Erin waited on us and were both wonderful! I highly recommend a visit to Ancient Peaks. It will delight!

Jessica Palmer — Google review

Savannah was absolutely amazing! Customer service was rocky in the beginning with the greeter and the 1st waiter. For whatever reason Savanah took over and completely flipped our experience around for the best. Thank you Savanah for aamazing customer service. Moving onto the food...WOW. DELICIOUS. Pictured is the tri-tip sandwich, fig and brie Hamburger and the curried chicken salad. All very delicious.

CINS SAS — Google review

Excellent experience!!! Came for a tasting and to try the Mushroom/Lions Mane Burger. Was really good….a must try! Kaitlyn was our server and she was very helpful and provided great service.

Greg Lewis — Google review

We had such a great time celebrating our honeymoon here! The wine, food, and staff were all amazing! We had the mushroom sandwich and chicken sandwich, and both were delicious. We cannot say enough good things and we highly recommend!!

Jackie Hogancamp — Google review

This is the absolute best wine experience I have ever had!!!! From meeting the humble and gracious owners to the talented and remarkable winemakers, the staff and everyone at Ancient Peaks were pleasant, knowledgeable and so helpful in everything they did. They made me feel as though I was the most special person there that week and I would not hesitate to highly recommend this as a true destination. The food at the Ancient Peaks Tasting room in Santa Margarita was so tasty. Please do yourself a favor and head to Ancient Peaks and enjoy all they have to offer!!!

Jimmy McRoy — Google review

22720 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita, CA 93453, USAhttps://www.ancientpeaks.com/(805) 365-7045

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Margarita Adventures

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Escape room center

Kayaking & Canoeing

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

WOW!!!! I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND this place for all group types from families to friends. It is so much fun!!!! My sisters and I really enjoyed our time here. All the staffs were professional; their number one priority was our safety and also to make sure we had fun. I didn't know what to expect and the staffs were spot on with their own personal experiences. This was the highlight of my trip with my sisters. Whenever I come back for another vacation I am definitely bringing my family to try this!!! Thank you for a great time and for ensure we were safe while having fun!

Jenny ?Jenny? Yang — Google review

What a great and fun ride!We went for the 07:30 pm sunset experience, and it was just an amazing ride. We were gifted with the sunset in the West, and moonrise in the East. What a view (-;Team was super professional, operated very safely and securely, and was extremely friendly!Well done…and highly recommended!

Yaron Rosen — Google review

A lot of fun and everything seems very thorough as far as safety precautions. There is a little bit of hiking. Overall a good time and I'd come back again.

Alexis Juravic — Google review

My husband and I have been wanting to try this out for a few years now. We decided to take some out of town visitors. I'm so glad we finally decided to do it. It was so much fun! There is some hiking involved and I'm not a spring chicken anymore but if I can do it anyone can! They have plenty of water in places when you need it so don't worry about bringing your own. I highly recommend a fanny pack. I didn't want to risk having my phone in my pocket so I left it on the bus but it would have been nice to get some pictures and videos of others in out group. I don't recommend trying to video as you are zip-lining. They do take some pictures before the first line and post them but that's it. The staff was great. Very friendly, answered all of our questions and went through all of the safety measures on every run while talking through it as they did it. Even the bus ride from where you check in to where you get suited up had an audio history of the area that was very interesting. I highly recommend Margarita Adventures!

Tawny Sablan — Google review

This zipline course is awesome. It's beautiful, safe, clean and professional. All of the staff were super professional, informative and helpful, they totally took care of us the entire time. It's a great outdoor adventure during Covid. All the restrooms and equipment are sanitized for each tour. There are a couple short bus rides where you need to wear a mask. Also there is are 2 short hikes on this course, one of which is up a steep hill, but there are plenty of places to stop and take a break. They provide plenty of water on the course and trails in single use cups. I thought the whole trip was worth the price. Also be sure to bring cash to tip your super helpful tour guides. I'll definitely be back with a group of friends.

L Temple — Google review

Perfect family outing at the vineyards. The crew is well trained and efficient. It’s best suited for people who want some thrill nothing too scary or exhausting. Heat can be an issue during day trips. They have multiple zip lines. Night safari are good too. If you are lucky you might see some wild life including bears.

swatisikta chand — Google review

What an amazing adventure. Great staff!!. Nice gift store with great prices. A great value for how much you get. Knowledgeable staff. Water stations everywhere. Loved it!!!

Sandi Orner — Google review

We had a blast and will definitely be back!! We had so much fun on the zip lines. We made memories.

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We did the escape room yesterday. It is incredibly well designed, well laid out and challenging. I like that hints have to be requested (and not force fed to you) and our host was super friendly and welcoming. I can't wait until they've finished their expansion!

Harry Hamilton — Google review

So much fun!! Staff is confident and knowledgeable. We felt safe. Cold water stations throughout entire course. Get ready to hike a little bit. Learned a lot from the bus driver on the way to-from the site. Thrilling, fun adventure. MUST DO! Good for the whole family. Beautiful vineyards and vistas. Can’t see anything like this any other way.

Jeanette Corcuera — Google review

Used margarita adventures for a bike tour through ancient peaks. Soo much fun on e bikes and felt like a kid again. 1000% recommend this tour!

Emily Awan — Google review

Our family did the escape roomOn my 12 year olds birthday. Neil did an awesome job guiding us through the experience. We had never done an escape room before and even though this one was difficult, he gave us all the info we needed to feel confident. He made the experience really fun and intriguing and made it feel very realistic. We were really into it and had a great time working together to solve the puzzles. Huge props to Neil for doing a really great job introducing us to the process and making it really fun for all of us.

Victoria Taylor — Google review

22719 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita, CA 93453, USAhttps://www.margarita-adventures.com/(805) 438-3120


Pismo Beach Premium Outlets

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Outlet mall


Shopping Malls

Nice spot with shops for pretty much everything, fast food places, gas, etc. Don't go to the Chevron there though, it's always at least 20 cents more than the shell 200 feet away.The bus stop is also right there if you need an RTA or local bus to get around!

Arman Rafian — Google review

Nice outlet mall with amazing offers. Picked up some great stuffs(apparels and shoes) as special gift from my son and wife.. love all of them...👌

niranjay pandey — Google review

Take your family to see the stars and stay for the friendly clean camping. Stunning views! Just a short walk to the beach, shop's and restaurant's. Stroll down the pathways to storefront shopping.

Kimberly Brown — Google review

Good variety of stores, though their prices are about the same as the regular stores.

Michelle Diederichs — Google review

Great place to off-road, camp, go surf fishing, been going there since 1986, unfortunately the democrats don't want anyone on the beach anymore, trying to close it for good! Love the beach! Hate Democrats! Enjoy it while you can!

Morgan Byrd — Google review

Charters, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Hot Topic, BoxLunch, and more! Parking was easy and 3 mins away from our beach home!

Jennessy Johns — Google review

All you need is here. Great place to stop by!“SHOPPING THERAPY”

Panupong Saensooksalwong — Google review

Typical outlet mall with all the standard stores and prices. On Black Friday, there are a lot of discounts but the reduced prices are pretty much the standard price elsewhere. But, lots of places to spend money and time in. Lots of parking. Lots of people. Lots of lines of people waiting to enter certain stores.Bottom line - it was exactly what I was expecting nothing more or nothing less. Shop 'til you drop.

Ken Privett — Google review

Nice place to shop if you are in the area. I recommend the crystal shop, they sell alot of small business products, and they are super cute. The service is also amazing and they are very knowledgeable.

maritza perez — Google review

They totally changed, it used to be an awesome place to shop and get great name brand stuff for a discount, but now the only thing they call that ate on sale are stuff that is $1 off, like don't call it a sale. Used to love driving 3 hours just to get things here, now I'd drive 3 hours to avoid it.

William Hicks — Google review

Decent selection of shops, not anything different from most outlets like this. Tesla superchargers are why I stopped, and they had plenty open at the time I went. They have a Paul Blart mall cop on a Segway that's pretty entertaining to watch.

Mike — Google review

Decent variety of stores with many stores and gas stations around it. Each store basically is a name-brand spot so all of it is good shopping! Its never too crowded which I like! Maybe that will change over time but it hasn't been for the years I've been going!

Canine Care and Behavior — Google review

I ended up stopping into the store, As Seen On TV. While it might not be fancy or a big deal for most it brought back a lot of fond memories for myself. The store even though on the smaller side still packed a lot of punch as in a variety of different types of merchandise!

Erika DeHerrera — Google review

333 5 Cities Dr, Pismo Beach, CA 93449, USAhttps://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/pismo-beach(805) 773-4661


Sun Buggie Fun ATV Rentals

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ATV rental service


Off roading area

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

We had a lot of fun! Our guides Howie and Alex were wonderful and patient. Went with a group of 3 and we had a nice morning. Just wish the shuttle was more prompt but that's the only thing I can suggest!

Seyi Akin — Google review

We had SO much fun. This has been something my husband has been wanting to do for a few year and we finally decided to do it to celebrate his birthday. The staff is super helpful. So nice! Josh Checked us in and walked us through everything. He did an excellent job. Thank you so very much. And Taylor helped us with the booking and really outdid herself. Thank you everyone. We had a blast and we will be back!

Adriana Cherry — Google review

Max was super friendly, knowledgeable, and nice. He answered all of our questions so we signed up to do a one hour ATV ride. When we got down to the beach, Brad was very informative and helpful on how to control and run the ATV and how to navigate the different types of sand dunes that we would encounter. Overall, it was a very good experience And I would do it again, but with caution

Sara Morley LaCroix — Google review

We just took a group of 10 to ride 8 atv’s and 1 buggy. We had a fantastic time. From checking in, to the bus ride out, and then the support out in the dunes- the service was exceptional. An extra thank you to Mason. We had 6 girls aged 14-16 and he was wonderful. The younger two girls were nervous and Mason was incredibly patient with them. We will definitely come back in the future. Highly recommend. Thanks to everyone for helping make our daughters bday special!!

kelleyatc — Google review

What a fun morning to be out on the dunes. We took advantage of 8am, 2 hour rental. There was parking nearby and there were less people on the sand. We checked in one hour early, signed paperwork and watched a safety video. We got helmets and goggles and then boarded a shuttle to our rental. The shuttle was actually fun, there was a mini-river crossing since it was high tide. We could not drive near the beach but the sand dunes were fun and as exciting as you want it to be. It was a 4-seater and we had time to each try out the fun in the sand. The staff were nice and helpful, we had a great experience.

Rachelle Talag — Google review

What a great first experience in the Pismo Beach dunes. The people that helped us from the beginning til the end were awesome. Super helpful, and clear with their directions and recommendations. Our large group rented one sun buggy and one RZR, both 4-seaters. We decided to go in the morning before the sun was too hot. In July we had a slight breeze with 70 degree weather, just perfect. Consider bringing your own goggles that are polarized so you can see depth and detail better. Unfortunately, we borrowed their googles that were hammered and made the sand look flat, even tho it was not. With better vision comes better understanding of where it's safe to drive. The one drawback on the RZRs is the age that you need to be to drive, 30 yrs. If you have younger people in your group, consider skipping the RZRs and go with the buggies with the lower center of gravity, and a less likely opportunity to roll it. The only reason for not getting the full 5-star rating was the high price.

Ron Hoopes — Google review

It was a great first time experience driving a UTV and Sun Buggie delivered! Staff were very helpful! Got stuck in the sand, called them and their team was there to help us right away. Definitely coming back for more fun now that we have a go to rental place, Sun Buggie!!! 🤙 🤙🤙🤙

Judd S — Google review

Second time back and this time I rode the CanAm Maverick. It’s twice as powerful as their standard dune buggies, and can be twice as fun. It fits 4 people including my 7 and 9yo kids. My youngest was exactly 46”, but I opted to still bring a booster so they can see over the dash. I’m glad I did that as they had tons of fun.If you flip one of these Mavericks you’re going to pay a $3,000 fee which scared me enough not to even consider anything steep. My wife sat in the back and she got motion sickness because I did more hard turns instead of taking on the dunes. I forget if the standard dune buggies have the same flip over fee. When I did them a few years ago, I didn’t know about the fee so I went all out.One thing I like about this place most is that they’re very professional at the vehicle staging area. You feel like you’re in good hands and everyone there is helpful. One thing that can be a little better is the registration process. One member of our group didn’t know he had to take the papers to the staging area (20 minute bus ride back/forth). I also would like to note that their call center is very professional and helped book our reservation just a couple hours before.

Victor Lukito — Google review

Started of trying to get my son with down syndrome to let me put a helmet on him. The guys were very patient with us and finally got him in the 2 seat buggy. He didn’t last long and let me turn in my daughters 4 wheeler and she road with me for 2hours. She had the time of her life screaming in joy when we went off the steep side of the dunes. After she got tried and hungry I took her back to the RV and the guys let me finish out the time riding the 450- 4 wheeler with my older Boys(16 and 18) who road 4 wheelers and tore up the dunes for 4 hour. They gave me a big thank you and said they had a blast.We will be back again. Shout out to Mason for all his help with my Crazy Family.

Joshua Hertz — Google review

Easy rental process, awesome staff, and a GREAT time! Brad did an amazing job and was super nice! We got in the early rental hour and it was 100% worth beating the weekend crowds! Definitely recommend, thank you everyone!

Jessie DeVries — Google review

It is expensive at about $100/hr, but fun. Wish we had a little training/tutorial to get a hang of things instead of just going out on our own, getting stuck, not trying the fun slopes etcWill do again — but will bring an experienced friend along to show us the ropes.

Ashish A — Google review

I had a blast riding in the Can-Am 1000 staff was excellent explained everything I needed to take place. The Can-Am had enough power to go up every doing that I attempted and plenty of speed had an excellent weekend with Denise. She had an excellent time driving it as well, thanks to all that sun buggy

David Sainz — Google review

We had an amazing time carving up the dunes with Sunbuggy ATVs. Alex and Dan helped put my youngest at ease before her first ride and she can’t wait to go back. The staff was friendly, helpful and made this a great day!

Akshay Patel — Google review

Although our ATV adventure didn't exactly go as planned, we had a great time until my daughter got injured when she didn't see a drop in the dunes. All of the Sun Buggie staff was so helpful. I had to leave mine and my daughters ATVs with my fiance and get my daughter medical help. My fiance called Sun Buggie to come help get our ATVs and they were quick to get to him so that he could meet back up with us. Sun Buggie staff came where we were to check on how my daughter was, BTW she's OK just going to be really sore for a while. All of the medical staff was quick and proficient. We followed up with a CT scan at the ER as they suggested to be sure there wasn't any hidden injuries. We also lost a cell phone along the ride that Sun Buggie staff went out of their way to find and bring back to us where my daughter was being looked at. We were aware of the risks of riding as we are not first time riders and even though we had this scare my daughter still wants to ride again. We plan to ride again and would definitely choose to rent from Sun Buggie again. Thank you for everything Sun Buggie staff! You guys were all truly awesome!

Crystal Baker — Google review

Did 2 hrs ATV ride with my 17 year old son. Vehicles were old and parts were broken. Not clean. Same with the helmets. ATV guide and care takers were nice and friendly. Lady at the billing counter was a bit rude. No orientation given. You watch youtube video on your own phone forced by them. Entire process felt bit rude from reading forms, email instructions, terms and conditions..all written is unfriendly manner. Lack of politeness.

Vishal Surana — Google review

Love it!! The staff was amazing!! The experience was amazing had so much fun,Definitely recommend.

Leticia Bermudez — Google review

A great experience with Sun Buggie. My daughter and I had a great time. They were very friendly as well as less expensive than their competitors across the street. Cameron was particularly helpful and just a genuine good dude. Thx SB for a great outing in the dunes with my daughter. I highly recommend them!

Greg hyman — Google review

My wife, two daughters 16, and 19, one of their friends and I had an absolutely fantastic experience with SunBuggy in Pismo Beach! From start to finish, their team went above and beyond to ensure our adventure was unforgettable.Despite a slight hiccup at the beginning due to a car stuck in the river, Alejandro kept us informed and reassured us throughout the process, making sure we were well-prepared for our day of fun. The paperwork and safety video were handled smoothly, thanks to his guidance.Once we were ready to hit the dunes, Alex was our hero! Patient and thorough, he made sure everyone in our group felt comfortable operating the vehicles safely. Even when we encountered a minor issue with a quad's battery, the team quickly provided a solution, ensuring our adventure wasn't delayed.Speaking of the adventure itself, it was absolutely epic! With almost nobody else on the dunes, we had the perfect opportunity to explore and enjoy the thrill of riding.I can't thank the SunBuggy team enough for their outstanding service, both on the front lines and behind the scenes. Meeting the owner, Randy, was a delight, and it's clear that his leadership reflects in the exceptional service provided by his staff.If you're looking for an adventure in Pismo Beach, look no further than SunBuggy. Their dedication to customer satisfaction and safety truly sets them apart. Thanks again for an incredible experience!Chris

Chris Johnson — Google review

307 Pier Ave, Oceano, CA 93445, USAhttp://sunbuggy.com/pismo(805) 244-9721


The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville

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Performing arts theater

Concerts & Shows


Intimate theater with a variety of shows plus an in-house pub with beer, wine & snacks for purchase.

Today was our third annual visit, not counting Covid-19 years, and it was definitely our favorite show to date. A small, but talented cast and crew told the tale of Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four. It was engaging and entertaining. A delightful evening shared with friends.

Bonnie D — Google review

Fantastic! Amazing! These hard working, very talented people do everything from take your tickets, serve you food and take your orders to entertain you! Every single person on stage can sing, act and dance! Amazing! What a find! We will be back for sure!

Karen Stebbins — Google review

One of our favorite places to go for theater. Local talent populate the cast in year-round show runs that are hilarious and entertaining for all ages. Also, there is food/drink for sale before the show and during the intermissions like, beer in pint glasses/pitchers, wine by the glass or bottle, soda, hot dogs, brats, popcorn, nachos, pretzels, etc.HIGHLY recommend this special place - even if you're from Bakersfield!

Duane Adams — Google review

WOW! WOW! WOW! They are back & FANTASTIC! Saw Bride of Frankenstein tonight. Great sets, makeup, VOICES, COMEDY, EVERTHING! You cannot miss this accoutrement of talent! The Science Fiction Vaudeville was hysterical, with all my favorites: Star Trek, Star Wars and The Twighlight Zone. Reserve your tickets today!

GeralynK Rangel — Google review

My family really enjoyed "Under the Boardwalk"! It was such a fun and funny show. It seemed like such a unique experience to do in the Pismo Beach area. We have a 7 year old and an 11 year old and they both enjoyed the show. I would definitely recommend this to others coming to the area.

Jeff — Google review

First time going, great show! Took the whole family and everyone enjoyed.

jeff stewart — Google review

Always a fun time at the melodrama. The plays and actors are great. Whenever family and friends visit us from out of town, they ask to go the Melodrama. Christmas is always one of my favorites. ❤️

Tina Venner — Google review

Normally not my type of scene, but after persuasion from my girlfriend, we visited. For someone like me who is completely oblivious to plays or musicals, this was still highly entertaining. The seats are all within good distance of the stage, the lighting is nice, the snacks/food (made by the actors) were delicious and the play itself was beyond awesome! Be it a family gathering, date night, curiosity or whatever the reason may be, definitely a good place to visit.

Junior B — Google review

What an awesome experience. Thank you cast and crew for a great time. Fantastic performances from all. Good clean fun for the entire family. Please support this great place.

Paul's Folks — Google review

So much corny old-fashioned fun. You won't be disappointed. Love the singing in the kitchen by the actors too.

Don Urbanus — Google review

Loved the live performances and vibes there. The staff are kind even while asked a thousand questions by our friends. A bit pricey just for the show and that does not include any kind of snacks or drinks.

The Brute Squad Dude — Google review

Always a great show and time watching this amazingly talented cast! Love coming here time and time again. Especially around the holidays for the glass tunes and reindeer rap! If you are here or even passing through it’s worth the stop to spend an evening amongst a good old fashioned vaudeville act!

Grace Holland — Google review

So much fun! This place is a MUST! So much energy from the actors and actresses! The lights and sound were on point too! What a great place to hang out with friends and be entertained by professionals! Well done cast and crew!

Jake Sheire — Google review

We had a nice time with friends, putting our minds somewhere else for a couple hours and simply being entertained. The cast was quite engaging, even in the snack area, working their tails off for tips between acts.

Lisa Maraszek — Google review

I just watched "Grave Mistakes" (3/16/24) and it was amazing! Great actors, great script. It was an excellent way to finish off my vacation. Thanks Melodrama!

Tym Otto — Google review

Super fun and family friendly. Very talented people. Recommend getting bench seats around the perimeter as the table seating is quite crowded. Nice food options.

Steve Boothby — Google review

We love everything about the melodrama! The cast is top notch, the food is good, the cast are the ones that serve you it feels very nostalgic and amazing here. We come every year at Christmas as a traditional with a huge group, and we try and come to most of the other shows year round.

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1863 Front St, Oceano, CA 93445, USAhttp://www.americanmelodrama.com/(805) 489-2499


Presqu'ile Winery

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Food & Drink

Event venue

Live music venue

Presqu'ile Winery is a contemporary estate surrounded by well-groomed vineyards that offers wine tastings and picnic opportunities on its grounds. Apart from the superb wines, Presqu'ile also boasts remarkable architecture, picturesque views of the hills and ocean, as well as occasional live music events. The open-air seating area is modern and stylish while the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir are highly acclaimed.

This was such a nice experience! This visit was sometime in February, so it was a little chilly but being in the sun was warmer and very nice. Went around noon for a nice lunch and some wine with the food/wine experience.The wine was fantastic! I’m not even one that loves wine, but I was blown away by how delicious all options were. The food was also amazing and was inspired by Asian cuisine we were told. Couldn’t have asked for a better selection of food items. Also added the charcuterie plate, which I’d prefer to see some changes; maybe more olives and the menu said there were figs on the board, but didn’t get any.Our waiter was nice but didn’t talk much besides asking if we were local to see if we wanted to buy into the wine club. Otherwise there was a waiter from Pennsylvania (same!) that I listened to at his tables and he was so personable and friendly. He even came to say hi to us and talk about being from PA!

Amanda — Google review

The service here was excellent. If you like full bodied cabs like Caymus or Austin Hope, you likely will not enjoy this wine. We did not. The only person in our group who liked it, doesn’t prefer the wines listed above. I wish I had known before we spent so much on the tasting. We wasted so much time. The food was delicious! That was the highlight. If I returned, I would order the food and the Sauvignon Blanc only. The wine is not paired at all with the food. The view is excellent.

Todays Present — Google review

The experience was so very relaxing and cozy. The service was excellent. I will definitely be choosing Presqu'ile again. Thank you for your excellent wines, magical ambiance, and tasty dishes.

K Susenbach — Google review

Fantastic French inspired cuisine and great wines to match. Not much of a red wine fan but this place made me one! Recommend the Syrah

Jared PR — Google review

I dropped by Presqu’ile on a rainy Thursday and wanted to leave a review of the food tasting and our server (Tom). Tom was an amazing host with our group, taking time to explain the wines, the history and the flavors we could expect. Tom’s warm and welcoming energy set the tone for a pleasant afternoon and food and wine tasting. I was a bit worried that as a vegan, I wouldn’t be left with much to eat, however Presqu’ile really delivered there as well! The chef and crew made sure I had plenty of options and communicated to me what dishes I could and could not eat. They even separated them out on a different platter for me. Of course the view from the tasting room was stunning, caping off a wonderful afternoon!

Liz Quick — Google review

What an awesome experience! The grounds are beautiful. The food is amazing. Every wine we tasted was delicious. A must experience!!

Suzanne DeSanto — Google review

Presqu’ile is one of my favorite wineries in California. The wine was superb per usual, especially the sparkling and new releases of the estate Chardonnay. The food was divine as well.Alex and Katelyn were so helpful and knowledgeable when I was asking them questions about vintages and the estate wines. I can’t wait to return.

Emily League — Google review

5391 Presquile Dr, Santa Maria, CA 93455, USAhttps://www.presquilewine.com/(805) 937-8110

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La Purísima Mission State Historic Park

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State park

Sights & Landmarks

Historical landmark

Recreation center

La Purísima Mission State Historic Park is a restored 1820s mission that boasts of 10 original furnished buildings, a visitor center and a self-guided tour. It has an informative and educational visitor center that can take up to an hour or more to explore. The park sits on 2000 acres of land with around 25 miles of hiking trails for visitors to enjoy. There are many restored buildings with historical displays showcasing the way of life at the mission.

It’s a very nice and huge complex with animals and all. It does retain the feel of being a historical place a lot more than those that are currently in use and right at the heart of a town. I was even able to pet one of the piggies. She loved having her face scratched.

Andy Salas — Google review

It was nice experience because they have nice garden where you can have a pick Nick. They do not have a priest in church but the staff are very nice. You can enter fir free the only thing you pay is parking 6 dollars. You can see animals there in their farm.

Derick Lizarraga — Google review

Such a historic place that shows life during the colonization from Spain. The Mission is well taking care and properly secured so historic items can no be destroyed or defaced from the public. Is a nice 3 hours ride from Los Angeles.

Julio Matus — Google review

I’ve been to the mission multiple time but hadn’t ever done the tour as an adult. The tour guide, Leah B., was engaging, knowledgeable and funny. I recommend anyone interested in the history of missions in California visit La Purisma. Tours happen daily at 11 am and at both 11 am and 1 pm on Saturdays.

Nova Robinson — Google review

My wife and I have visited many California Missions but believe this to be the best of them. It has a great visitor center that is super educational. It's easy to spend an hour or more in the VS just learning about the mission.The mission is situated on 2000 acres and has ~ 25 miles of hiking trails, besides all of the restored buildings with very informative historical displays of what life was like on the mission.We paid a $5.00 parking fee (as seniors) with the regular price being $6.00. If you visit, plan to stay awhile. You will probably want to pack a meal. wear good walking shoes, and make sure you have plenty of water.Would definitely go again!

Randy McAtee — Google review

Beautiful property with hiking trails. You get a real sense of how life must of been. Buildings have many rooms to explore with of furnishings and artifacts. Blacksmith shop. Water fountain and livestock. Allow 2 hours more for hiking trails.

Peggy Davis — Google review

One of the most beautiful missions in California! ❤️ Be ready to walk, a huge property with hiking trials, live stock, and clean restrooms. Don't forget to pay your parking, there's a $6dls selfpay parking, and admission is free.

S. S. — Google review

One of the best specimens of California missions with large visitor center (not open Mondays), restrooms, lovely gardens, chapel, and more displaying all aspects of mission life including live animals. Small parking fee and the rangers do check. Group picnic area under the trees.

Nanette Blackburn — Google review

This is a very beautiful Mission. It's the largest mission in California and the only mission that is totally preserved.

Al Garcia — Google review

We had a wonderful day here with the family. You only pay for the parking which was $6. We spent a good hour and a half here. Kids loved it

Rondi Clark — Google review

Parking: need a state parks pass, or pay the parking fee. If you are willing to walk a few hundred feet more, you can park free on the side of the road.I didn't see main church--came too late. Only saw a chapel. They also have goats and cows on the lot. Some gardens and lots of trees throughout. Worth going to if you go to Santa Inez and Solvang down the road!

alan royse — Google review

Great recreation of a spanish mission of the 18 century. I was surprised to see a marvellous restauration project in California, better than many of the restauration projects in Spain. Well maintained with a great garden with plenty of wildlife. You must visit La Purísima to see how the spanish missions were a little town with many services in a time that the life was hard.Great visit

Rafa Gandara — Google review

2295 Purisima Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436, USAhttp://www.lapurisimamission.org/(805) 733-3713


Flying Goat Cellars

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Wine store

Food & Drink

Wineries & Vineyards

Purple furniture. Metal sculptures. A winery dog with brown eyes as soft as crushed velvet. The Flying Goat lifts you away at first sight. In fact, it makes you wax poetic:What Isaac Newton is to gravityowners Kate and Norm are to bubbly;and their pinot selectionreceives our benedictionfor its fruit-driven diversity.I first entered the Goat on a weekday afternoon in 2017, drawn by the premise and promise of a sparkling wines flight. The unique tastes of fizz, acid, and citrus made my tongue euphoric. The cheeky GHETTO graffiti on the walls made me chuckle. And the novelty of a tasting room that combined high-class methode champenoise offerings with plush, stuffed billygoat decor made my heart sing.I've returned to the Goat, time and time again, for their wine. But I've also marveled at art shows, savored honey tastings, and enjoyed made-to-order crepes in this niche space. Host Kate has a love for the community that shows in her hospitality. Winemaker Norm has a gift for turning out high-quality products that turn skeptics into believers. Case in point? My father became a sparkling wine fan after tasting the Goat's brut rose. My sister loves their red wines so much, she hoarded a bottle of their 2012 santa rita hills pinot noir for years until she found a worthy occasion to pop the cork.I have learned that the best gifts come from the most unexpected sources. The people at the flying goat, from the full-timers to the moonlighters, have opened my eyes to the incredible world of sparkling wine production, pairing, and appreciation. Give yourself the gift of a visit...and a limerick.If you are looking for bubbles that shine,redefine, and enliven sparkling wine:the Flying Goatwill float your boatfrom blanc de blancs to cremant every time.

Faye Walker — Google review

We appeared on a Thursday.The owner was attentive and shared good wines.It is definitely a gem to experience off the beaten paths of other wineries within Santa Barbara area.We left with a case shipping.Decor is cute. Love the Flying Goat labels.

Lola — Google review

Great friendly stuff, inside and outside sitting, packed snags available.

don marcello — Google review

BUYER BEWARE!! Bought old (2015) wine duo (Pinot/sparkler) which was pricy n had a spoiled bottle! (I've stored wine properly for over 20 years n seldom open a spoiled bottle but it was probably bad when I bought it a few months ago) Terrible business practices!! When I asked for replacement bottle, Kate refused, blaming me. Will never buy their mediocre wines again!!

Lourdes Retana — Google review

1520 E Chestnut Ct unit a, Lompoc, CA 93436, USAhttps://flyinggoatcellars.com/(805) 736-9032


Jalama Beach County Park

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Jalama Beach County Park is a secluded and charming park by the ocean, with a winding road leading to it. The area features a popular snack shack, picnic tables, fire boxes, and a sundry store. The Jalama Beach Store offers basic wifi and sells famous Jalama burgers along with other sundries. Camping is available on first-come-first-serve basis after reservations fill up or for day-use fees.

A somewhat hidden gem of a county park off the beaten path. Winding road in and windy once you arrive but beautiful, remote spot along the ocean. The Jalama Beach Store has you covered with sundries and famous Jalama burgers. Not much cell service but basic wifi at the store. Day use fee or first-come first-serve camping after reservations fill. Nice new playground, adequate restrooms, and a dump station. A couple cabins with views available from the hill top. Walk the beach for more scenic views and lots of neat geology.

Nanette Blackburn — Google review

Beautiful piece of coastline. Beach is pretty rocky and not too swim friendly. Also, there are tar seeps on this beach. Great spot for long beach walks and beachcombing. Can get very windy. Campground has good facilities. Hot showers, flush toilets and a small general store that carries most things you might need during your stay. Cafe has decent food. Both store and cafe close at 5. Camp sites are all mostly flat, but small and close to each other. Popular with dog owners.

Georges Mignault — Google review

Restrooms, douches and clear water are available for free. Quite place for camping. Plenty of parking. Beautiful view. Highly recommend. Your pets will love this place too

Anastasia Selivanova — Google review

First time camping here with our small camper. Had a great time with the kids and friends. The beach was spectacular and great to explore. The store/restaurant is great and lots of items to buy. It was very windy and cold, would like to try again this summer. I've heard it can be windy at any time. The sites are nice some were pretty muddy after the big storms.

John Bunt — Google review

First beach day experience 🏖️ Awesome time! We arrived at 12pm on Saturday July 15th, 2023. There was about a 30 minute or less wait to get in. The beach was not that crowded at all. It felt like we had lots of space. The water was cold, but there were some fun waves to ride for my first time trying to use a body "boogie" board. I made some ASMR on the beach. Great experience. Good people.

RancorSweetly — Google review

We went camping for 2 nights after Thanksgiving weekend. We had an RV Trailer and had a spot with electricity at the bluff. We had an awesome view and lucked out with spectacular sunsets. It was our first time in Jalama Beach and it is secluded. It is around 30 minutes to the town of Lompoc. Although there is wi-fi, the internet is slow and flaky. Expect a quiet, relaxing time here. There are several surfers that come here.

Catherine Hunt — Google review

Great campground. I love how people put colored lights up to brighten these winter nights. Many campers. Many kids. Great atmosphere. Great beach. Great Jalama Burgers! I had two (not on the same day :)

John Meng-Frecker — Google review

Not many know about this hidden gem. Need to book 6 months to the date in advance at midnight to get the "good spots" our family has been coming here for going on 8 years and my wife's family for a whole lot longer than that. The grill and store is family owned and one of the best burgers I've had. Don't expect hard alcohol but a nice cold beer and a burger is on the menu. The sights are amazing. Don't expect cell signal but there's enough wifi to do basic communication. We use it as an opportunity to disconnect and take in the things we take for granted with the everyday noise in the city life.

Kyle Cantrell — Google review

OMG literally how have I lived in CA most my life and not known of this sacred gem! This beach is 14 miles from Hwy 1 and a what a lovely drive it is. So unlike the beaches in both northern and southern CA. The Jalama Beach Store & Cafe is outstanding and has almost anything you might need so that you don't have to make your way out of this paradise should you need something. The cheeseburgers at the cafe are to die for as well as the clam chowder! You can easily walk in either direction for a full 60+ minutes and hardly see a soul. Cannot wait to go back next summer. @dreamtreecoaching on IG & @thegrievingmind.

Tamara Smith — Google review

Great place for a short family getaway. The Perch actions are awesome. Clean restrooms and showers, although it requires money and quarters. There's a burger place, $11.00 for a burger, no fries or drinks. Staffs are nice and the place is clean. There are cabins for rental. The drive from highway 1, keep your eyes out for deer's and wild pigs. Lots of farms, ranch and cows.

chou vang — Google review

Beautiful beach. Great for surfing, running, and camping. There is a $10 day use fee and sometimes they run out of day use space. Also a great fishing/spearfishing location as long as the waves co-operate.

Josh Herguth — Google review

Covid restrictions have limited access to the park and the camp store but made it safer. Great food at the store with a limited menu, but the beloved Jalama burger is still flying off the grill. The setting is idyllic. The staff do a great job of keeping the restrooms clean. Day use and camping allowed. You can not change you reserved site during the pandemic. UPDATE: THEY don't evacuate the camp for each flight!

Udo Wahn — Google review

9999 Jalama Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436, USAhttps://www.countyofsb.org/parks/jalamacamping.sbc(805) 568-2460


Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

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Food & Drink

Wineries & Vineyards

Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard is a family-owned establishment that offers tastings of Burgundy and Rhone-style wines amidst beautifully manicured grounds. The staff members are incredibly friendly and helpful, enhancing the overall experience for visitors. The winery is also dog-friendly, making it an ideal location for pet owners to enjoy some delicious wine while their furry friends relax under the shade of a tent.

Nice wine and great tasting room staff. Very dog-friendly! Brought our very large golden retrievers, and were very comfortable in the shade under a tent. It’s all outdoor seating now as they do some renovations but we were fine with that since we have dogs and the weather’s nice

Gayle Oswald — Google review

A stunning location for a winery, plenty of outside space (it was January and we drank Al fresco). Classic tasting price for 4 glasses was $25, 'Enhanced' tasting price was $35. We could do mixed options within our group. I went for the classic. I gave it 4 stars as unfortunately I didn't remember any of them distinctly. The Enhanced menu had a $90 Napa red wine which was delicious. The food in photo we brought ourselves, but there is a pizza van on site.

Colin Hall — Google review

The tastings are great and it’s a super nice spot for a picnic. They also have food trucks if you don’t bring your own food. Outdoor area is really nice.

Hudson Lofchie — Google review

Yes, yes, yes! If you are wondering if you should or should not visit Fess Parker, the answer is... Yes, you must go by! My wife and I had a wonderful experience. We both did a tasting and bought a bottle. We were served by Jack, but everyone we spoke with was super nice and helpful. We loved the wine, and the grounds are beautiful. This place is a MUST if you want some great California wine.

Lance K — Google review

I have 1 reason for each star I did not add on this review. The wine was mediocre. The price for a wine tasting was expensive and we were very disappointed with almost every one we tasted. Most of the white wines smelled like burning brakes on a car. Weird, I know. The scenery was perfect and lovely.The servers were so poorly dressed I was shocked. I thought it was embarrassing that they allow their servers to come to work dressed the way they were. Our server was wearing baggy shorts, t-shirt and an unzipped Hoodia sweatshirt. Very underwhelmed with the whole experience.

Katie White — Google review

First of all, the drive just to get there is beautiful. The scenery and outdoor patio area is so gorgeous and had an amazing time sitting outside enjoying the wine and view there.

Juliette Fechter — Google review

I’m not a wine aficionado, but I know a good place when I see one. We were visiting family and had a very relaxing wine tasting in a beautiful setting with perfect California weather. The people working here were attentive hosts and very engaging. We had grown up watching Fess Parker movies as kids so that made it even more special.

johnsko Johns — Google review

Spent a great afternoon with perfect weather, wine tasting flight and charcuterie board. Come with good company and you're guaranteed an enjoyable time with scenic grounds and delicious wine.

Luis Diaz — Google review

Beautiful vineyard! I went solely to get a couple of bottles of wine my sister said she loves from Fess Parker Winery. No tasting (odd for me), but did buy a glass of wine to enjoy while sitting out on their lawn under the oak trees.

Pat James — Google review

I'm not a wine drinker at all but this Winery gives you such a great experience. The wine is amazing the atmosphere is great and the views are amazing. You can even become a member!! Definitely recommend!

Katy Garcia — Google review

-Went to Fess Parker Winery where the film Sideways (2004) was filmed and did a wine tasting (also drove by Sideways Inn which has been demolished and rebuilt, and also drove by Ostrich Land (wish we would’ve stopped by there - also, both of these other locations were also in the film, the film of which was critically acclaimed by the way, but I thought was just meh, if you care what I think, although I would like to see it again now…)). (see pics)

Scott Tyson - Realtor — Google review

We started our Santa Ynez wine tour at Fess Parker. The magnificent lodge had plenty of seating indoor and out. Seeing the pictures of Fess (aka Davy Crockett) with Walt Disney brought back old memories. The staff was friendly and attentive. The menu had a good selection of both whites and reds. The only improvement would have been some wood and a fire in that awesome fireplace to take the chill off the first morning tasting.

Paul Santeler — Google review

Celebrated a friend's birthday here in picnic area.What a wonderful property. Highly recommended.Enjoy wine tasting in the stylish building or the relaxing patio. Beautiful grounds to stroll or take a guided horse tour of the 700 acre property set among rolling hills dotted with pastures and small ranches.

Martin Mulvihill — Google review

6200 Foxen Canyon Rd, Los Olivos, CA 93441, USA


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Firestone Vineyard

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Wineries & Vineyards

Was surprised to find out that the owner of the winery is the owner of LV Golden Knights (Go Kings Go). Really enjoyed the views from the tasting room and the wines that were presented to us. Ben, our server was considerate and a pleasure to talk to. He really informed us of all the by-products and flavors that were incorporated into each one of the wines 🍷. Along with Ben, the rest of the staff were friendly as well. It was a pleasure stopping in.

Kino J — Google review

Firestone Vineyard is a wonderful vineyard to experience. My wife and I stopped in and both did a tasting, then bought a bottle to-go. We were served by a gentleman named Tim. He was super friendly and joy to meet. The other person we met, Christy, was also super nice and friendly. All in all, we had a great time and would love to go back. This place is a must to try out!

Lance K — Google review

Nice vineyard with great views. Pleasant tasting room. The wines seem a little off right now but I've also had really good ones from here.

john daley — Google review

I would say this is a must visit winery if in the area. The wines did not disappoint, they have a Chardonnay unlike any we've tasted before and an amazing Cab. The atmosphere is warm and cozy and Yazmin was amazing. The establishment is pet friendly so we enjoyed the company of our Yorkie as we tasted.

michael house — Google review

Superb experience, excellent wine, inside pleasant tasting room on a very windy day and they even provided bottled water for between tastings. Well versed server provided an interesting dialog and explanations. $$ but nice time worthy of taking away a bottle of cab franc.

Jim Peterson — Google review

Very friendly, if you go there ask for Nick, his very nice

Sayda Vera — Google review

We went to three different wine tasting locations and by far this one was different. It was a 109 degrees outside so indoors was our only option. I did not expect to be seated in the back area with the barrels. It was amazing experience. They had a live dj playing vinyl music and they were raffling off some merchandise. We brought our own cheese and crackers. They provide you with chilled water and the service was great. We will definitely come back here. Thank you Firestone Vineyard ❤️

Vic Arutyunyan — Google review

Very enjoyable full flavored cherry & blackberry flavors and the trace of spice at the finish was quite stellar !! Do you have anymore in your cellar ? :)

Vasan Serca — Google review

Worth a stop! Almost skipped this one since it’s the first down the vineyard trail but glad we went in. The inside is medium size with no seating just standing at the tasting counter, worked for me but some of the family grew restless. Beautiful views of the Los Olivos valley and great wine.

Kathryn Cervantes — Google review

We hadn't been to Firestone for about 20 years. Now as part of Foley Family Wines we re-visited and were pleasantly surprised. One of the first, if not the first wineries & vineyards in this area. The wines show this with their maturity, depth & balance without being over bearing.

Garry Klassen8 — Google review

We stopped in right before closing on our way to Monterey Car week. Taylor was great and had our tasting experience waiting in us. This is one of our favorite vineyards within our FFWS membership!

David Gwilt — Google review

I thought it might be helpful to offer a different perspective of Firestone Vineyard for bride and groom’s who may be considering this space for their wedding. Most reviews online are from a guest’s perspective. I would love to offer the light and lines point of view from a local Santa Barbara wedding photographer who has been shooting there for over eight years.As someone who sees spaces in terms of light, composition, and experience, Firestone Vineyard has a bouquet of options to play with. The visual artist in me loves the elevation Firestone has over the valley. The bluffs on the side of the vineyard overlook layers of hills a vines. Layering elements into a photo elevates the ‘wow’ factor of a picture. The length of the lawn allows me to play with compression and background layers. This makes it ideal for both portraits and for intimate ceremonies.I specialize in candid wedding photography and so for me, having quiet locations are key to creating great images. Spaces that are separated from where the guest’s arrive gives me the ability to facilitate still, quiet moments where the bride and groom can connect authentically without people watching or an audience. Spaces such as the bluffs, the courtyard, inside the vineyard, and behind the large doors of the barrel room allow me the isolation to play and capturing their authentic personalities.Firestone’s Vineyard has large trees organically roaming throughout the vineyard. The combination of leading lines in the rows in vines contrasted with the natural placement of the large trees blends perfectly with the direction of the sun light during golden hour just before sunset. One of my favorite places to play and create is in the vines.A close second to the vines is the barrel room. From the photo in my review you can see that the artist inside me is a kid in a candy shop when it comes to the spacing and placement of the barrels. The isolation of light in the barrel room paired with the length variation of barrel size is a dream to create in. It’s the perfect space to bring in my controlled directional photography light and create. It’s almost like a large, quiet, photo studio where I can control all the light and play with all the layers of barrels.I’ve been photographing weddings in the Santa Barbara & Santa Ynez area for many years and have experienced how different spaces unfold from a guest’s and day-of perspective. The views, lines, composition, layering, and lighting of Firestone Vineyard is a playground to create in as an artist. I LOVE photographing and creating amazing art in this space!

Matt Roberts — Google review

5017 Zaca Station Rd, Los Olivos, CA 93441, USAhttps://www.firestonewine.com/(805) 688-3940

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Old Mission Santa Ines 1804

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Catholic church

Sights & Landmarks



Old Mission Santa Ines, established in 1804, serves as both an active Catholic parish and a museum offering tours and a gift shop. It provides visitors the opportunity to explore the history of indigenous peoples and missionaries through art and workmanship exhibits.

Step back in time to Old California. This is an active Catholic parish that is beautifully maintained. The tour is worth taking and exploring the art, workmanship and history of the indigenous peoples and Missionaries. The gardens are well maintained and calming. The grotto area depicts San Juan Diego kneeling before Our Lady of Guadalupe. Also, the outdoor Stations of the Cross allow you to reflect on our Lord's Passion. There are picnic tables under the shade trees for a nice lunch. The restrooms are clean, parking is convenient and do not forget to visit the gift shop.

KM Sanchez — Google review

I've been to a lot of Missions. I grew up in So Cal. This one feels a little different. It's not crazy crowded like San Juan Capistrano, for example. It's really chill and the surrounding landscape is beautiful. Vineyards and farms, as well as the Dutch town of Solvang surround this mission. I don't think I would spend a lot of time here, but it's worth an hour or so. I tried to enter the church but it was closed. Take a nice walk around the grounds then go get some yummy Dutch treats in town.

Susan Hermosillo — Google review

Beautiful old church. Glad I stopped by. The surrounding area is beautiful as well, it has great views of the landscape. There are many rooms that have artifacts and information, so plan to spend some time here appreciating everything if you are interested in this kind of stuff.

Adam N-A — Google review

One of the beautiful and peaceful spot nearby the busiest town. You can walk here from the town. They do have tours but unfortunately I couldn’t register for it as there were private events going on both times.The view from the park next to the church is beautiful. They have benches over there. Just sit and experience the beauty.

Chetan Pangam — Google review

This is one of the quite place to visit1. It is one of the oldest church around2. The gardens are beautiful3. You will see the nice forest view from hereNeed improvements1. Not much in gift shop2. Could have opened church for all time

Mahantesh Paramaj — Google review

Love the missions. I have made it a point to visit everyone of them. And relieved history in a diminute way I recommend to visit all the missions and enjoy the past.

Pancho Villa — Google review

It was not crowded when visiting. Unfortunately did not take a tour. Just strolling outside the premise you'll get to see some nice sights. Great view of land from the parking lot (parking lot on the premise). The small garden is beautiful.

Steve Munguia — Google review

Parking: free and in front of the mission with a big lot.Unlike other missions, this one is not state operated, it's a functional parish, the church and grounds have no entry fee. The church might be closed for private events like weddings at times.The church is beautiful and like old Mexican and European churches with lots of old icons, art and statues! I wish they used the old altar, the new one is out of place for the building.A must see if your in Solvang

alan royse — Google review

Tremendously gorgeous church which is still in use today. Even if you don't get inside the church, the views near by are enjoyable. From walking around on paved paths, to admiring the architecture, and also looking at the overlook of vast grassy fields, this is an enjoyable visit in Slovang. Not a must visit in the city, but fun nonetheless.

Greater Nethland — Google review

Historic mission with active Catholic Church allows self-guided tours for $8. The tour covers the historic structures, models for past structures, some artifacts, original bells, historical timeline, access to the church sanctuary, the gardens and cemetery. There is also a good bit of artwork associated with the mission on display throughout. A paper guide is provided. There is a small gift shop, which is where you pay for the tour. Free public parking is available outside the mission, a very short walk. There are also restrooms adjacent to the parking lot. These are the only available restrooms for visiting the mission, but it is not a long walk.

LR P — Google review

I enjoy visiting Catholic churches, for education, culture and inspiration and to take the opportunity for some quiet time and prayer during business travel.I visited a few old churches here in the central California coast and am impressed with the longevity of these communities.This church charges an admission, which I'm happy to pay to help keep open and available to the public. The entrance is to the left of the main doors at the souvenir shop.You walk from the shop through several rooms that illustrate the history of the mission. I couldn't spend much time here and may come back for more in depth reading.The museum and church was not busy and I did have time for quiet prayer.The gardens are beautiful and well maintained. I don't know if it is appropriate to picnic here, but would make for a great stop with family.

Adrian Nagle — Google review

1760 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463, USAhttps://missionsantaines.org/(805) 688-4815


Refugio State Beach

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State park

Nature & Parks


Serene stretch of coast & picnicking spot with a snug, basic campground & scenic views.

Nice day at the beach. You can camp here, on the main grounds not on the beach itself. There are restrooms, a huge grass play area with a swing set. Dogs are allowed on leash on the main grounds, but not allowed on the beach. Sand was soft and clean and lots of seaweed at tide lines. Rolling waves, great for kids. Felt peaceful.

jen westmoreland — Google review

Refugio is a must-visit destination for camping enthusiasts seeking a perfect blend of natural beauty and community spirit. The memories we created at this incredible beach spot will undoubtedly linger, making it a place we long to return to for future adventures. If you're searching for a slice of paradise to pitch your tent, look no further than Refugio.

Richard Shannon — Google review

A gorgeous beach that doesn’t get too busy. Day parking is $10 for vehicles and more for RVs. I’ve been in winter and summer and it’s always a beautiful view. Great for pictures and the waves are alright. Bathrooms on site plus showers. The color of the water is almost like the emerald waters of Miami but not quite. A great beach no less and definitely recommend.

Marcos Quirino — Google review

We stayed in the Bouchard Group camp site. Great location on a bluff, uninterrupted view of the water. There were bathrooms and showers in the group site. Two water sprockets for cleaning. No outdoor sink but plenty of picnic benches. Nice beach with little to no current. Very nice site for group camping.

Jim Hardimon — Google review

This beach was recommended by California native. I also lived in California for about 4 1/2 years myself. Beautiful beach if you get a chance to go there go. There is a parking fee. Enjoy.

Amanda Cornelisse — Google review

Lovely beach, nice campsite with hot showers. Facilities need updating but clean. Need credit card to buy tokens for the showers, minimum 20 dollars!!!! Nice rangers and host. There's even a small shop with souvenirs and basics. Lots of driftwood you can burn

Philippa Walker — Google review

Beautiful views. Campsite, playground great for family picnics. Just no dogs allowed on the beach side. They do have bathrooms near by.

Ms. Hurtado A — Google review

Secluded with lots shade. Very picturesque beach with palm trees.Best of the three beaches along the Gaviota coast (Refugio, El Capitan, and Gaviota).Head west along the beach to the rocky area and cliff for nature hike.. Amazing views and nice vistas on top of the cliff.Ten dollars entry allows you to visit all three beaches in one day with one pass.Clean restrooms. Clean showers by the gift shop. 25 cent for two minutes. Parking right near the beach.

Sam Bawahab — Google review

It's pretty views. They have picnic tables that are first come first serve. A park grill is at each table. If you want solitude this is NOT the state park for you. Areas are very well maintained so don't bring your mess. I rated 3 stars because dogs are not allowed on the beach and the area that the dogs can be in is on rocky hills and slopes with broken wood.

Jocelyn Mitchell — Google review

The beach is lovely but the campground layout is just too close together for my tastes. You're camping with all your neighbors, no divisions between spots to speak of.Also, they didn't tell us that there was no on site place to buy firewood. We had to break down camp and go into town to get some. Easily avoidable hassle if they'd just put up a sign or told us at check-in.It is beautiful though.

Robyn Pearson — Google review

It was wonderful! The accommodations were great. I will certainly return. We had a local seal come up and play in the surf.. a first time experience for me in 30 years of living here in So. Cal.

Doris Ramirez — Google review

Stopped by this beach on our way back to LA from solvang because we wanted a place to enjoy our pastries. We drove along the coast and couldn't really find a beach without paying and didn't want to miss sunset. I wish you didn't have to pay however this beach was really nice and that is probably why. We had the beach to ourselves for sunset and it was so lovely. Saw some dolphins too. Nice bathrooms and it seems like it would be a good place to camp along the coast. Idk how much camping is but a day pass is $10

Sammie Peters — Google review

The campground is absolutely beautiful. We had the pleasure of watching dolphins at the beach, and we noticed fishermen catching a good amount of fish. However, there was one significant issue - there seemed to be tar in the water. This tar can stick to any part of your body, and it's nearly impossible to get off, especially if it's on your feet. Washing it won't help much. The best remedy I found was using cooking oil. It's a shame there weren't any warnings about this.

Le Thien Phuc Tran — Google review

Beautiful place. We stopped by at the right moment traveling to Disney was about 4:30ish. Nice place to camp also.

Rafael Padilla — Google review

The beach was beautiful! So many cute squirrels and birds. I highly recommend going in the early morning because beach gets much busier as the day goes on, but up until about 10:30 AM to 11. You pretty much have the beach to your self.

Tracy Saunders — Google review

Refugio State Beach is indescribably beautiful! it's all in the right place at the right time! simply a gift from Mother Earth, this beautiful place!!! is really a visit who!

Carolin Melcher — Google review

Such an awesome place to camp. I loved the sunsets here. The palm trees are iconic of course! It makes you feel like you're in Hawaii, not California. The campground hosts were so friendly and helpful. Take a walk down the beach and your footprints might be the only ones you'll see. The showers and restrooms were pristine and well maintained. You gave a great view of the Channel Islands on a clear day. There's something for everyone. Basketball courts and playgrounds for the kids. You will often see people scuba diving here during the during the weekend and there's a fun little surf spot at the west end of the bay! I can't wait to go back.

Robert Prescott — Google review

10 Refugio Beach Rd, Goleta, CA 93117, USAhttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=603(805) 968-1033


Lake Cachuma

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Bodies of Water

3,100-acre, man-made lake for camping, boating & fishing in a tranquil setting with yurt rentals.

Very nice place! Good place for Camping , relax , nice nature , nice clean lake ( no swimming) but you can rent the boat, fishing, food store in the camp with lot of good stuff (food , souvenirs, bbq stuff some fishing stuff, toilets and showers (showers was dirty .. ) and toilet on the water, good restaurant, live musicThanks !

Filip B. — Google review

Cachuma lake water level 93% full for July 2023 visit. We had lots of fun camping over three days.

Sam Bawahab — Google review

Beautiful lake with clear water and surrounded by green hills. We stopped here for about 30 minutes and hiked down from the parking lot all the way to the water. Located in the valley, there are numerous little streams that bring rain water from the hills into the lake. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

Sandeepa Dey — Google review

This is an above average campground with good amenities, proximity to Solvang, and access to a nice lake/reservoir. The RV sites are ample & have full hook-ups. Tow vehicles are not counted as a 2nd car so you can actually have a 3rd vehicle for $10 per night extra. Make sure the rangers designate your tow vehicle as a tow vehicle with the window permit on check-in.You can have a tent buddy-camp next to an RV on the RV sites, but tenting only at RV sites is not permitted.Notable Pros: (1) Proximity to lake via various marked hiking trails from most camp areas (2) Fairly well-stocked General Store with firewood, ice, liquor, RV accessories, etc. (3) Rangers were very helpful, present & courteous throughout - unlike the CA State Parks/Beaches (4) boat rentals available & being on the lake with a motorized boat was GREAT!Cons: (1) Dog run was horrible, dry, foxtail & burr infested and simply not suitable for pets. Our neighbor stated she would take her dog to Solvang for morning walks. Keep the pooches on the pavement at all times. (2) Disc Golf course was a mixture of dirt, dry grass, and back trails...not inviting in the least & scenery was dismal. (3) General Store, restaurant & most camp amenities closed on Mondays (4) fishing is advertised, but it is clear the lake is lacking in fish stock - prepare for an all-day fishing excursion with little or nothing to show for it (from shore, in boat, etc.) - this based on inquiring with other fishermen & trying various spots (5) Aggressive racoons ransacking campsites looking for food - we had 4 little burglars in our campsite moving stuff around at 3 AM.So this camp ground is about a 3.5 star which can easily be a 5 star with some noted fixes. Very dry and dusty and not environmentally pet friendly, but a great location & lake area.

Rob Hdez — Google review

Great camping experience, 3 days with friends by beautiful Lake Cachuma above Santa Barbara. Beautiful sunsets, Pot luck bbq kayaks, hikes day trip to Solvang. Everything was great, except the bathrooms were never cleaned the entire weekend. Discussing what 150 campers can do. Bring your own bathroom bucket.

Kat — Google review

Definitely worth stopping by if you’re in the area 👍👍If you’re heading to Solvang from Santa Barbara, most likely Google maps will direct you to take CA- 154. It’s a scenic route and you’ll see the lake on the right side.There is an entrance fee but since I wasn’t really staying for a long time, I really appreciate the ranger who gave me a short time pass just to see the water and the facilities; so that was a really courteous gesture. There are multiple campsite areas, a landing dock for boats, ample parking, convenience store, gas station and there’s one restaurant by the lake.

Dut Kasilag — Google review

Loved it. Beautiful Lake, friendly workers, ample space for camping near the lake, I would recommend going down to the lake by sunset or sunrise, I took amazing photos. They have boats you can rent, affordable, reasonable, fast... Not speed boats but more or less a great place to spend a weekend with a small family...

SB Overlander — Google review

It is a nice place to walk around, though there are not a lot of trails. It is pretty. The restaurant is slow and very noisy. We gave up and didn't eat there. The restroom stall latches could use some attention.

Kelli (Wind Poppy) — Google review

My new favorite spot to fish for trout , they stock the lake in the spring with lots of huge trout. Tons of camping and lots of day use areas. Beautiful views all around the lake 👍👍

Brian Varela — Google review

Wonderful spot for camping. Entry fee is only $10 per vehicle. The place is equipped with almost everything a camper needs. Rest rooms, playing areas, gas station, restaurant & grocery store. Recreation is also available with fishing tools & boat rentals. Great place for RV campers with spacious parking areas. Whether you are only spending a day or staying overnight for camping, the scenery & ambience @ the lake is wonderful. April to July I'd say are the best months to camp there

Ammar El-Taher — Google review

Been coming here for 47 years.. lol glad the water Level is up.. finally... the pools are a plus and holiday weekends are crazy. Make reservations. They only have a few 1at come 1st serve spaces. The over flow area is quiet and away from all the bustle. They are also trails you can walk... overall a beautiful area. Day use is $10.00. 6am to 6pm.

Genevieve Martinez — Google review

The lake is full and recently stocked with rainbow trout. Wonderful camping with lots of amenities.

Geoff White Sr. — Google review

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State St

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Historic Walking Areas

Scenic Drives

Points of Interest & Landmarks

State Street is a spacious and elegant thoroughfare situated in downtown, connecting the shorefront with various local businesses, an auditorium, and eateries. Dotted with palm trees along its length, this avenue is home to numerous stores offering diverse products and services. The street also features a cinema where one can catch up on the latest movies. Alongside these attractions are several dining establishments serving delicious cuisine for locals and tourists alike.

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Historical landmark


Located in Santa Barbara, CA, the Old Mission Santa Barbara is a Spanish mission that features period art and artifacts as well as gardens with ocean views. The Catholic Church was built in 1820 and still holds religious services. Inside the mission, you can see features left from when it served as the Santa Barbara Mission before becoming an active church.

Don't rush through - take your time and absorb the beauty of this Mission. So much to see here. You can visit the crypts and walk around the gardens. Such a stunning place with gorgeous architecture. I wish we got the chance to attend a service here - next time for sure.

Helen Di Domenico — Google review

Beautiful place with amazing history. This visit I was reminded of the lone woman taken from the Channel Island. It did seem her story got a disproportionate amount of attention compared to all of the hundred years or more of Catholic mission in this location. But I suppose that's because women and native Americans are politically correct right now.With COVID, mission tours dropped off and therefore the revenue. So there are many places where I wish there could be more restoration. Right now it looks very shabby. And the admission even for four seniors was over $50 which seemed much too high for what you get which is only a self-guided walk. But if you think of it as a contribution then I suppose it's okay. I do hope the organization finds increased revenue and can spruce things up a little bit. Even volunteers to improve the gardens would be nice.

Jim Mannoia — Google review

Nice architecture and a cool adjacent park with some good views of the mountains and the ocean. Didn’t go for the tour so really only spent about 20 minutes walking around but worth a quick stop for sure!

Bernard Jeremy — Google review

A true historic place with great view of Santa Barbara! We love going there. It's located just 1.5 miles from 101 off Mission Street exit. There is big lawn in front of the Chapel! It is a working church. We went during Christmas and there was a small display on the lawn with small farm animals. Huge parking lot on the side. Free parking. Go visit the mission for the history and a wonderful view from the hill.

Ravi Govil — Google review

My experience was awesome, the tour is a must, take time to scan the tour barcode for maximum info. I really got the chills walking these hallways, garden and cemetery... inside the church was just as beautiful and moving. I was thrilled to get my new rosary blessed. Take lots of pictures, take your time and say your prayers there's something absolutely special here.

Dammz33 — Google review

A beautiful place to visit with lots of history. The tour is self-guided with lots of information and artifacts. The "Lone Woman" was very interesting and they have put together a room on her. Lots of art from the 1700s and 1800s. The friars, from the story of the place were gardeners, but I found it ironic that the square and the rose gardens were all being cared for by contracted workers. This is still an operating mission.

John Foster — Google review

All mission Santa Barbara is a place that should not be missed if you're visiting Santa barbara. The fee for most people is $15 but there are certain discounts for certain people.I would say you should plan on spending one to two hours here walking the tour. They have also added QR codes that make it really nice to be able to here an audio tour. The grounds are simply beautiful and serene.Don't forget to also walk the outside grounds and take that in while you're there.

Jonathan — Google review

Anyone visiting Santa Barbara should make the time to visit this historic and well-preserved Mission and museum. It is the last California mission that still provides church services to the community.

Wayne Clark — Google review

This is a beautiful spot to take in some reflection. I didn't go on the tour, I attended mass. We were dismissed through the courtyard, which gave me a peak. Nice lawn for a picnic, free parking in the lot.

Jen Fredenburg — Google review

Mission Santa Barbara is called the Queen of the Missions, and it's easy to see why. The Mission is beautiful. The location is spectacular and Santa Barbara is probably the most beautiful town in the world.

Lee O'Connor — Google review

Beautiful architecture, priceless antiques and fascinating history in this still functioning mission founded and run by the Franciscan priests. Remnants of native American structures and even an ancient section of an aqueduct show how this was once a fully self-supporting establishment. A must see in SB.

Steve Tishko — Google review

Don't miss the wall plaque marking the death of the lady from the book Island of the Blue Dolphins in the right corner of the cemetery.Military discount admission was $13.I liked the laundry artifact out front.Curiously, the info all seemed to make it like the native Americans liked being under the thumb of the Spanish.

Bree M — Google review

If you're in the area you must see this historic mission. You can feel the history as you walk through. What struck me was there was no hallway you had to enter each room to get to another room.

Richard Williams — Google review

2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USAhttp://www.santabarbaramission.org/(805) 682-4713

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City courthouse

Sights & Landmarks

County government office


The city courthouse, Santa Barbara County Superior Court of California, is a beautiful edifice in the Spanish-Moorish style popular throughout the city. It is home to the court system for Santa Barbara, and it is one of the best free things to do in town. The courthouse features colorful gardens and a four-faced clock tower. There is also a mural room with painter Daniel Sayre Groesbeck's romanticized version of Santa Barbara's history on display.

This is one of the most beautiful buildings in the United States! I know like that seems like an exaggeration, but I'm not joking. Walking around the building reveals countless architectural details, from stained-glass windows, to tiny stone bridges. The inside is even more striking--long, colonnaded hallways lined with tapestries and heavy, carved wooden furniture. The mural room, which has a 360 degree mural, is jaw-dropping. The clock tower is free to enter and offers an unimpeded view of Santa Barbara, from the oceans to the mountains; this is where you realize why Santa Barbara is called the American Riviera! the surrounding gardens are amazing too--tropical palms, green grass, and redwoods offer a perfect place for a picnic. From its painted ceilings down to its tiled-floors, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a must-see!

Sullivan Israel — Google review

I never look for locations in movies and TV shows, but as a Psych fan I took advantage of a business trip nearby to find this building. I was somewhat surprised the show took the theme of this building and included it in the police station scenes.This was an enjoyable stop. I walked around the building for pictures and enjoyed the gardens in the back. Signs said the building was closed, but upon walking to the entrance in the overhang, guards motioned me inside.There is a tower you can reach after a few flights of stairs. At the top you have a wonderful panoramic view of Santa Barbara with displays explaining some landmarks. I walked parts of the building enjoying the architecture of a functioning county court building. The courtroom was open and available for public viewing.This was a fun stop I ordinarily would not do.

Adrian Nagle — Google review

I love the Santa Barbara Courthouse! I have been photographing couples here for a couple of years and it is hands down one of my favorite locations. It is so effortlessly beautiful! I highly recommend this location for your wedding. Staff is awesome too!

Alejandra Scott Photography — Google review

If you're planning a trip to beautiful Santa Barbara you have to visit this gorgeous building.

Cecilia Campa — Google review

It is deemed the Most Beautiful Government Building in the country for a reason! This building was built in 1929 after the 1925 destroyed most of the city. We took the self guided tour and there are guided tours available. The architecture and details were so beyond beautiful. These pictures don’t even do it justice. The Law Library rivals anything seen in Europe.A must is to climb the clock tower stairs (or take the elevator) for the amazing 365 views. Many people get married here in the Sunken Gardens on the property.

Heather Mac Farland — Google review

Beautiful grounds and building. Take the free tour to learn all about the history but you can also self guide your own tour. I took the free 10:30am tour and I really enjoyed it. You’ll need to go through a security check before entering. There’s bike parking on the grounds just past the entrance door kind of tucked in behind the arch way to the right. There is a observation deck all the way at the top and on your way up, you can see the bells that ring on the hour. You can walk stairs or there’s an elevator.

Reviews By Nitra — Google review

A gem in the downtown of Santa Barbara. Beautiful architectural building with equally magnificent gardens and decorations. A must visit if you’re the area.

Andreas ?Aris? Aristidou — Google review

Who would've thought a court house would be so visually grand! This is such a beautiful place to visit. It's a must for anyone visiting the Santa Barbara area. We loved strolling along the corridors and admiring the amazing architecture. We spent over 2 hours here and even then we felt like we were rushing to get through.

Helen Di Domenico — Google review

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is an incredible architectural marvel that still operates as a courthouse today. Its breathtaking design and intricate details are truly awe-inspiring. The clock tower is particularly impressive, offering a stunning panoramic view of the city from the top. It's unbelievable that this historic and visually stunning building still serves its original purpose, making it a must-see destination for anyone in Santa Barbara.

VI & Bars — Google review

Probably the prettiest city hall in all of California. We love documenting weddings here and can't wait to do more. If you are considering having your wedding - trust us that it is beautiful and will be the perfect backdrop for your wedding.

Fig and Willow Studios — Google review

I don't think there is a more beautiful courthouse anywhere than the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Its Spanish-style architecture fits perfectly with the uniform Spanish-style of the city.

Lee O'Connor — Google review

Nice place and is free to visit. Very historic with paintings from the 1800s. Worth to visit if it is your first time

Marc Cua — Google review

Great place to visit for a day trip! Lots of history from Spanish mission and the architecture. Must go- the observation deck on top floor. 360-degree panoramic views of Santa Barbara. Nice to take the dog there on the green as well.

Shelly Shi — Google review

Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a stunning example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. Designed by William Mooser III, it was completed in 1929 and has since become one of the most iconic buildings. The building's exterior is a sight to behold, featuring elaborate ornamentation, intricate tile work, and a soaring clock tower that dominates the skyline. The courthouse's interior is equally impressive, with a grand atrium that is filled with light and surrounded by ornate balconies. Architecture is a remarkable achievement in both form and function. Its unique blend of Spanish and Colonial Revival styles, combined with its impressive scale and attention to detail, make it a must-see for anyone interested in architecture or history.

Anastasiia Ponomarova — Google review

A historical court house with rich history and a nice garden. It has great view of Santa Barbara town. Definitely worth to pay a visit. Plenty parking space along the street and lots of information inside the building.

J. X. (JX2069) — Google review

1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USAhttp://www.sbcourts.org/(805) 882-4520


Stearns Wharf

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Historical landmark

Sights & Landmarks


Candy store

Stearns Wharf is a beautiful wooden pier located in downtown Santa Barbara, CA. It has been around for over a century and is known for its restaurants, shops, and aquarium. The pier also offers great views of the ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. Tourists frequently visit to explore the pier's many attractions.

This is the third time I have been to Santa Barbara. It is absolutely gorgeous by the water! My wife, my mother, and I walked back and forth on Stearns Wharf. The views of the mountains and palm trees in the distance are so beautiful that no photo can really do it justice.You can park on the pier, but you have to pay for it after a certain amount of time. There are some great restaurants there in case you get hungry. It is best to just take a seat and take in the view.

Marcus Oberlander — Google review

Absolutely beautiful place to walk around. The views are gorgeous and the area has so much to see and walk around and eat. Definitely a must-see when in the area. Very peaceful and not too crowded.

M Mui — Google review

Very relaxed and clean compared to many other beaches here in California! Great atmosphere and very nice ocean views from the pier. Great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. You will most likely see some birds up close if walking the pier. Good amount of parking so it should not be a problem at least when I went in the morning. Coffee and food options all within walking distance as well.

Max Pfaff — Google review

This was our last stop before leaving Santa Barbara. It was a beautiful morning. We drove right in, parked the car, took some pictures, and picked up candy and cute little Santa Barbara treasures for our family members back home.

Elaine Roberts-Ballard — Google review

Historic pier right next to downtown Santa Barbara, studded with restaurants, ice cream, candy and gift shops. The pier extends well into the ocean and walking all the way to the end, a panoramic view of the shoreline bustling with activities is seen. There’s also an aquarium and fishing areas

Sandeepa Dey — Google review

Magnificent place in Santa Barbara, got to spent the evening here watching the mesmerizing sunset with the backdrop of the palm trees. The boardwalk has a parking area with many shops and restaurants.There are also paid parking lots in the hotels nearby. The town is very well maintained.

Shreyasi Dutta — Google review

I live in the mountains, so it's exciting for me to be near an ocean. I enjoyed a sunburned afternoon at Stearn's Wharf. I was on my own so I could take my time and enjoy the wharf and Santa Barbara.I did not know where to park when I arrived, so I was pleasantly surprised to see parking is available on the wharf. The first spots I eventually determined (from vendor websites) are for businesses, not sure that is still the case (it's labeled valet parking on a wharf map). So I moved my car to a spot further along the wharf. Parking was plentiful Saturday morning, but quickly filled up by late morning. I was worried about expensive parking, but after seeing the parking prices in town, it turned out to work for me so I didn't have to move the car throughout the day.There are a variety of restaurants and at least one dessert vendor. There are also museums and boat tours. I took advantage of a boat tour (again, I'm not a water person) and enjoyed the laid back hour on the water.It's a bit rough if you are in a wheelchair, but doable. I didn't plan ahead with sunscreen. This is little shade during the day.

Adrian Nagle — Google review

A great stop! It was the first time my wife and I were in Santa Barbara. Not knowing what to expect, we made the trip to the Wharf in the morning.We were very impressed by the views as well as the many shops available. After site seeing in the day - we headed back for a nice glass of wine at the local winery. Great views!A great place to stop and spend time!

Shane Cox — Google review

Stopped by here with family for 2+ hours as one stop on our road trip. Walked on the beach, wharf and down State Street. There are many tourists. It’s a cute place, as I love to visit beachside towns. The restaurant we wanted to eat at was very busy, so we bought take out ceviche and ate it on a picnic blanket on the grass by the water. We saw people renting the four people bikes riding along the bike path. If I have a chance to come here in the future, I’d want to try out biking down the bike path with the kids.

Miriam Miriam — Google review

A great place to come in the area for amazing views of the coastline and ocean. We were staying at a hotel down the road and walked here so I don’t know much about the parking available (other than that there is parking ON the pier which I found...interesting given what usually leaks from cars will do so into the ocean??)The shining star for visiting though is the atmosphere, quiet, and views. There are some restaurants here as well (we ate at Char West) and people fishing off the dock. All good vibes!Would come here again for a relaxing walk!

Anna R — Google review

The wharf isn’t huge but it’s got a great view and a handful of nice little shops for trinkets and souvenirs as well as chocolates/icd cream and seafood restaurants.

Jesse Vedad Haghi — Google review

Nice place with pacific view, plenty of restaurants, shops, activities,fishing etc. just opposite to the downtown, walk a little. Only one thing is absurd i. e. Vehicle like cars, vans etc ride onto the wharf and can park here. I think it’s not a sustainable decision. Heavy vehicles may damage the wharf and also its not an eco friendly approach. It should be stopped.

J Chaki — Google review

Always look forward to time on Stearns Wharf-a truly amazing find. Free parking for adequate time to visit the stores, grab a bite or sit and reflect. Well kept, and highly recommended.

D CO — Google review

Such a novelty to drive on a wharf and so worth it to look back at the bay views. Well worth a visit!

Nick Brooks — Google review

217 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USAhttp://www.stearnswharf.org/(805) 698-5600


Santa Barbara Zoo

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Zoos & Aquariums


Non-profit organization

The Santa Barbara Zoo is an easily accessible zoo that contains a large variety of animals in natural habitats. The zoo is small and manageable, perfect for a mini outing with kids. It's also low key and gorgeous, making it great for adults as well.

We love this zoo! We visit from Corona, CA, just about every year as we stay in Ventura at our family's timeshare. It's small enough not to be tiring and take all day, but has a great variety of animals and exhibits. You currently need to make reservations ahead of time, but it's super easy to do online and you can just show the codes on your phone- no need for a printer. We haven't had any issues buying tickets the last 2 times we've visited under these new terms.They've opened an Australian Walkabout encounter where you get to walk into an open animal exhibit with kangaroo, wallaby & emu. You can't touch them, obviously, but it's neat to be at their level walking around them.There's a kid play zone to let the kids burn off some energy while the adults relax a bit. Equipped with sandbox, egg features to play/climb on, musical instrument installations, sliding/sledding hill, and cargo net spider web.Something new they've added is a trading card feature inside the gorilla observation post. You go here to pick an animal to learn more about. Grab a sheet and pencil, find the animal on your sheet at the zoo & answer some questions about it. Once it's filled in, take it to the front gate and you get a trading card of that animal.

Lauren Rios — Google review

Beautiful Zoo! Our hotel was 5min away so of course we had to make a visit. They had a lot of animals and quiet a few exhibits closed. We read it was a small zoo but it was white bit! Not LA Zoo big lol but lots of walking and sightseeing. Good prices and awesome play area for the kids to run around. We also loved the train ride! The conductors commentary was pleasant 😊

Amber M.A — Google review

Beautiful smaller zoo! Close to the beach and gorgeous scenery.There’s a lot of cute animals to see here. There’s a train ride around the zoo that’s fun for a break. There’s a grassy area for picnics and it’s a generally family friendly place.We were able to see everything in about 2 hours and be on our way to explore the rest of Santa Barbara. I loved the enclosed bird area!

Kaitlyn — Google review

I had the opportunity of photographing a wedding here and absolutely loved it. The CA light really came through and made an amazing day. Really cool place to get married especially if you are an animal lover. The giraffe area was a hit with all of the guests - you get to feed them! They also had a few other animals out and about mingling with the guests throughout the day. The reception area is beautiful overlooking the mountains. It's a really unique and special venue.

Tyler Branch (Wedding Photographer) — Google review

This zoo is wonderful. Animals look well taken care of. The highlight of my visit was the kangaroos. They allow you to walk inside the enclosure! The grounds are beautiful. There is a train you can ride that takes you around the entire zoo. I loved this place

Angie Kyle — Google review

Beautiful zoo. Not huge, but compared to other zoos it was extremely scenic and detailed. A very enjoyable day. The food we had was very good. We got some very good carnitas tacos from the restaurant in the courtyard for a surprisingly good price. The train ride was extra but worth it. Overall, our favorite zoo nearby, compared to the LA and Fresno Zoos.

Mr. Grant — Google review

Very nice small zoo right near East Beach. Parking is $11 for the day and is a bit congested. Zoo entry is $25 per adult, $15 per child and you are asked to reserve a time online ahead of time. Season passes are available for $100/year, including parking and one guest per day. Like most zoos, it is kid-friendly, but still very enjoyable for adults. Great variety of animals, especially considering the size of the zoo. Natural and humane animal enclosures. Many animals go to bed by 4 pm, so earlier visits are recommended. Impressive collection of California Condors. Very enjoyable otter exhibit. Underwater penguin viewing. Good signage. Restaurants are very pricey, but picnics are allowed. There are generous & shady picnic opportunities. Some good views of the water from higher up. Animal experiences are available, but are much pricier. Kangaroo & Wallaby Walkabout allows you inside the inclosure with the animals, but with no touching. Cute train ride for nominal fee.

Lois Petersen — Google review

Between the LA/SD zoos, I love the SB Zoo the most for its medium size and unique animals interactions.It's not too large or busy. Doable in 1.5-2 hours.Try to go earlier as the animals are being fed and zookeepers are maintaining and interacting with the animals during those hours.My favorite area is the Australian Walkabout which allows you to get pretty close to wallabies, emus, and kangaroos. Also the Giraffe Deck is unique. You're able to feed a giraffe 5-6 pieces of lettuce for $8 from 10:30a-12p or 1-2p.Parking is $11 if you aren't a member or you can park at the Dwight Murphy Field and walk in if you want.They're currently still working on the red panda exhibit and there were a few animals that were off-exhibit like armadillo, toucan, etc.

Erica Yu — Google review

This is one of the better zoo layouts and animals I have seen in a long time and I am NOT a zoo person because I tend to really feel bad for the animals. SB however out does LA and Orange CountyZoo for sure. Enjoyed seeing the birds, Red Panda, Leopard… all the animals. Nice walk and enjoyable.

PJ — Google review

Awesome zoo, we had a great time here! Nice mountain and sea views as an added bonus. We especially liked the Gorilla, Lion, Giraffe, and Kangaroo exhibits. For Kangaroos, you get to go right into their enclosure.It's a smaller zoo, and they only sell a limited number of tickets, so make sure to get your ticket online in advance. Tickets are very reasonably priced at $25 for adults, and $15 for children under 13. The big benefit is that it's not crowded, and you get a much closer look at the animals. This being a smaller zoo, you can see the entire place in 2-3 hours.

Alexander Babin — Google review

This was about our third trip to the zoo, and we still saw new things! We were able to see the animals being fed, including animal interactions with their caretaker. A very nice zoo, it was just very chilly in the end! Never fear, a trip to the gift shop got me a very nicely designed hoodie!

Just Me — Google review

Great excursion... Strolled the park in 75 minutes, stopped to enjoy each exhibit. Got up close to Lion, Giraffe, Gorilla, Leopard, Kangaroo, beautiful tropical birds... $20.00 was worth it. Now I get why they limit capacity for 2hour time slots. We went from 3-5pm and

derek swales — Google review

We visit the Santa Barbara zoo every time we are in town. It's one of our kids' favorite activities, ages 1 to 15.This year we rode the train and spent about 2 hours wandering around to view the different closures. The gift shop is spectacular by the front of the zoo. Good snacks speckled around, including Dippin Dots near the train gift shop area! Yum. Perfect on a hot day. The leopard was my favorite exhibit. The monkeys, lions, and giraffes were great, too. They also offer a time window from approx 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. where you can feed the giraffes.Definitely make a reservation and buy tickets online! It's busy!!! Sunscreen, a hat, and lots of cold water is a must during the summer. 👍

Rachel Basham — Google review

Great little zoo. We enjoyed it very much. Not too big and not to small. Could use more places to get food. Giraffes were my favorite and the train ride. Short walk to the beach too.

Alejandro Mejia — Google review

Nice and simple Zoo. I've gone here many times growing up. I've seen many animal attractions come and go. Just wish they would have kept the elephants (as they were my favorite). I do recommend going on a weekday in the morning, less people at this time.

Jade Sharlow — Google review

This zoo is really nice. It is not too crowded, neat and clean and the animals look happier than a lot of other zoos. Santa Barbara Zoo is smaller than a lot of zoos and it can be easily covered in 3 - 4 hours. The tickets are moderately priced and are good for the size.There are a lot of unusual exhibits in this zoo that I have not seen too often elsewhere. The red panda, anteater, capybara (the largest rodent), fennec fox (smallest variety of fox with huge ears) and axolotl (an aquatic salamander that retains the larval features) are among the rare and spectacular occupants of SB Zoo. Visitors are allowed to walk through the aviary housing some colorful and attractive Asian birds. The wallabies are housed in an enclosure which is also open to walk through and one can see the wallabies and emus up and close. There’s a large variety of turtles in display from all over the world. The African lions look particularly content, enjoying their enclosure overlooking the Pacific Oceanfront and bathing in the California sun !There are boards with every exhibit that are super educational and highlight fun facts about the animals, not just some boring scientific soliloquy. Last but not the least is the train ride, which takes you around the perimeter of the zoo. My kids enjoyed this one too.

Sandeepa Dey — Google review

We went for the Christmas / holiday light show. It was remarkable. Even people who thought it might be more of the same holiday light shows were in awe. Little kids were just amazed at what they saw, and adults loved it too.

Russell Keller (Gopher Man) — Google review

This Zoo is special one. Besides that you can walk into kangaroos enclosures and birds aviaries with no barrier experience. How organic. It felt extraordinary to be so close to these birds and animals.The amazing white headed whistling duck was unexpected discovery. I did not realize I’d be having a favorite duck specie.Beautiful all around. Animal are very happy and well fed. Large part of the zoo delicates to kids play area. The hands on experience area will be opening soon with goats and pigs to interact with directly.The ticket can be bought online ahead of time for $25 and parking is $11 also convenient to buy ahead of time and avoid lines if any.

Алина — Google review

Had a great time with my family... The only thing is all of their bathrooms were broken because of a bad sewer man. Unfortunately from my daughter and wife they had to squat on all porta potties. You can't beat the weather or the view. We'll definitely be coming back.

Guillermo Ochoa — Google review

This is a relatively smaller zoo compared to a few others in larger cities. Perhaps due to weather or other reasons, several animals were not there in the exhibits but overall our family had a good experience and we were able to walk around the entire zoo within 2 hours or so.

Vineet Gupta — Google review

Loved the cool breeze and the views, enjoyed the beautiful landscapes and the friendly staff. Very kid friendly.

Georgina Curry — Google review

500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, USAhttp://www.sbzoo.org/(805) 962-5339


Carpinteria State Beach

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Compact oceanfront RV & tent camping area with toilets & coin showers.

One of my favorite beaches! Love to ride my bike through the RV park and to the Tar pits. Low tide is the best time to go to and explore the tide pools. Everyone is very friendly in the neighborhoods as well.

jules inwonderland — Google review

If you like parking lot camping next to the beach, it's OK! The spaces are very hard and difficult to get into, plus the place isn't maintained very well. It's weedy, dirty, and generally a mess. On the plus side, it's by a beautiful beach. There are lots of great walking and biking trails. and a lovely town to visit. There are three camping sections - only one be has full hookups. It's worth coming here once, but there are better ocean campgrounds.

Jim Roberts — Google review

The state park has over night camping spaces with services. Plentiful day parking is available for beach use. The beach is long with wide sand. There is beach volleyball, tide pools and steep cliffs. Hiking/bike trails traverse the entire park from downtown Carpinteria to beautiful ocean cliff views. After your active day, enjoy a flavorful shaved ice.

Barry Hand — Google review

Laid back !!!This place is a definition of a beautiful sleepy California beach town. If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the big touristy beach towns, stay here. It’s got some good mom and pop restaurants and a small shopping plaza for your basic needs, some hotels and inns and even a brewery. Due to the severe high waves weather advisory, we didn’t stay long, but we still enjoyed the morning walk on the beach.

Dut Kasilag — Google review

Loved camping up here with the family. So peaceful and relaxing. The campsites are a little bit small, but the views are great and so close to the ocean.

Robert Prescott — Google review

Camping was awesome. One day of ark in n go in is available. Clean restrooms and showers CV are available. Beach side camping spots are a bit expensive. It's pretty close to the shopping center. Some smart squirts are there to take your food. Tide pool is nearby. The view from the camping location is pleasing to the eyes. Biking is possible too.

Juliet Joyee — Google review

Carpinteria is a amazing little beach town and the campground is really nice they have a camp restrooms and showers and the campground is right next to the beach!! every morning I took a walk on the beach and it was the best. Also i say a beautiful sunset!!

Alex Colqui — Google review

Nice quiet beach. We enjoyed a Saturday afternoon here. Bring water shoes because you’ll find many rocks. We didn’t see restrooms. The shower works but it’s hard to press on. Free parking.

Ana Espinoza — Google review

Great location and views! Premium sites are beachfront!! If staying at a site in Santa Rosa campground, can be tight to get into spots if over 30ft and there are campers already on both sides of your spot. Bathrooms and showers clean. Showers require tokens that you can buy at park entrance.

Mike — Google review

We stopped here for one night only as we were passing through. The park is pretty large but the spaces are fairly tight. It was quiet the night we were there with waves crashing all night long. We also visited the local downtown and explored the park itself. Staff at the front desk were super helpful. Restrooms in our loop were all fairly new. Tip - RVers can check in for "en route" camping which is dry camping space without reservations. Check in is 6pm and out by 9am. Now you know!

Mike B. — Google review

A nice stretch of beach. Choose a spot to your liking. Rocky areas and bigger waves or smooth sand and calm waters. It's a nice place to relax without the hustle and bustle of busy piers or attractions. Check out the geological history of the area, too. The fault line, the plates and the byproducts of the Pliestocene era.

Rhonda Savage — Google review

205 Palm Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013, USAhttp://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=599(805) 684-2811


Santa Cruz Island

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Santa Cruz Island is a 96-square-mile island located five miles west of Anacapa. It is the largest of the Channel Islands and is managed by the National Park Service. The island features beautiful beaches, a visitor center, and offers activities such as hiking, kayaking, diving, and camping. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of "Island only" animals and stay overnight to experience the island's serene atmosphere after most tourists leave.

A very awesome experience. The whole trip is an adventure starting with the boat ride so it is worth soaking up every moment of it.I only did the hiking part of the island but there are many memorable views and sounds to soak in with "Island only" animals.Definitely try to stay overnight because it becomes a different place after the bulk of the tourists leave. It is not hard to get your own space with the beaches.

Jason Madden — Google review

Love the Channel Islands, loved my time on Santa Cruz Island. Wonderful wildlife, hiking, more…the least visited National Park but not due to lack of beauty. Prolly least visited because harder to get to. So ALL THE BETTER with less people sharing your experience. One of best our nation has….

John Cawthorne — Google review

Beautiful island in Channel Islands National Park. Most of the island is owned & managed by the Nature Conservancy. Hikers can get a permit to access this area. Island Packers provides boat service for visitors, but no private vehicles are allowed on the island. They can transport camping gear as well. Visitors can also visit using private boats. Prisoners Harbor has a good quality pier. I have not visited other areas. The island offers many trails, several picnic and camping areas and a few pit toilets. I would recommend getting the National Geographic topographical map before visiting. The island was used for ranching for over 100 years. National Park Service & Nature Conservancy are working hard to remove invasive species & to restore unique native species. It is not uncommon to spot native jays & island foxes & also bald eagles.

LR P — Google review

The Island was beautiful. At the visitors center at Scorpion Ranch you can stamp your Natio al Park Passport with the Santa Cruz Island stamp, so take your Passport Book. Also, the Cavern Point Loop hike was very beautiful. We took the counter clockwise route and ended up at the campground- plenty of water, shade, and a restroom to wait for the boat to return.

tf — Google review

One of the least visited NP, so I have been told. Great day out. You get the ferry with Island Packers, and they are great. Once at the island, a brief what u should not do from the rangers, and you are on your way. We did a short 5 mile hike to Potatoe Harbor, which took us across the top of the cliffs with outstanding views of the ocean. It was very windy when we were there, so dress in layers as the temperature can change massively depending on if you are high on the cliffs or deep in the valley. Great fun day trip, although you can camp overnight if you want..

Carl Clayton — Google review

Cruise + island hiking... Wonderful experience. Saw dolphins and island foxes! Took potato harbor trail - 5 miles - ~3h

Sophie Shen — Google review

Trail is definitely a hike, steeply uphill for most of it

Stephanie Pierce — Google review

Wish I had more time to explore the island! Ended up a ferry in the early afternoon but only had a few hours left before I had to head back. Next time I'll be camping

Nik Campos — Google review

Of the 2,000+ species on and around the Channel Islands, 145 exist nowhere else on earth. This place is truly extraordinary in every way — the topography, the botany, the island foxes, the black crows, the dynamic mix of volcanic and sedimentary rock. An ancient marvel, Santa Cruz Island carries a storied and palpable geologic past. It exists on the scale of deep time, and you can feel it.

Michael Bass — Google review

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Ojai Olive Oil

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Had an amazing olive oil tasting experience! Their high quality certified organic olive oils are a gem. A huge variety of options to chose from in a cozy, pretty and charming farm set up. Must visit when in Ojai.

Nadia Martins — Google review

My friend & I came here on a Monday to do olive oil tasting. They all were so yummy! The staff was so friendly & gave us cooking advice on each oil. They really took their time & were so helpful. They definitely provided a genuine welcoming experience.I bought some of Their olive oil face lotion, it is awesome. My skin feels wonderful! Looks a lot healthier.The space has chickens & roosters too.

Emily Finch — Google review

Environment; 5/5Staff: 5/5Price:5/5Great location and great variety of olive oils. The tasting for 10$ is definitely worth it. My favorite one: the Andalusian.

Omar Abu-sabha — Google review

We had a great time this weekend doing the Olive Oil Tasting. They have over 15 different types of olive oils and you are able to sample them all for just $10. You fill up your cups with the ones you want to select, they give you small bread squares to dip, and they even have a beautiful, shaded sitting area where you can sample the oils. They have a large parking lot right out front and it’s in a quiet part of Ojai, which makes it really fun to drive to. The service was great and they did a great job explaining the different oils.We ended up buying our favorites which were Provençal, Lemon, Garlic, and Traditional Balsamic. I cook seafood often so the Lemon Olive Oil will go perfectly with that because it’s packed with a delicious lemon flavor. Also the Provençal was our favorite of the four main varieties, although many tables around us seemed to prefer the Andalusian, which has a more peppery finish to it vs the fruity finish that Provençal has.Overall a truly great experience and a must do when visiting Ojai. We drove up from Los Angeles especially for this and were very happy that we did so.

Zan Lee — Google review

Fun activity in the area.For just 10$ a person you get to taste a large variety of different olive oil and balsamic vinegar samples. My personal favorite was the garlic olive oil!

yitz weiss — Google review

Worth checking out this place outside of Ojai if you're in the area. The staff were friendly and we met their furry employee Penguin. We did the $10 tasting which seemed like good value (though the bread they served was just basic white bread). Try 21 different oils and vinegars - we ended up buying the Tuscan Herb oil and the Fig Vinegar. Had fun trying all the flavors.We went at the end of the season, so there wasn't much to see beyond the tasting room (the milling area was closed) but in the summer there's a bit more.

Bryce Schaefer — Google review

It was my fourth time in Ojai Olive Oil Farm.I must say, the flavors of their oils and vinegars are absolutely divine.My top picks includes:- Venigar Peach- Vinegar Espresso- Vinegar Fig- Garlic Oil- Tuscan Herb Oil- Lemon OilWhile they do provide bread for dipping, I suggest bringing your own French baguette for an even better experience.You can also enhance your visit by bringing along cheese, wine, and your own tablecloth, making it a truly perfect outing.

Dillon Mykalo — Google review

Fantastic, beautiful setting and really great oil. We enjoyed all the oils we tasted and happy bought oils for cooking and dressings and dipping.

Andy Lipkis — Google review

Its easy to locate if you exactly follow the directions mentioned in the website. It's a beautiful place ,so calm and relaxing. It has tasting room where you could try a variety of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.I will recommend to carry some good bread . It's a family owned business and they are very friendly. The harvest season is in Nov and that is when we could see the oil extraction process. I would definitely love to visit this place again.

Swapna Madhan — Google review

We learned a lot & had a beautiful day sitting under the olive trees tasting the oils & vinegars. The woman running the tasting room was so kind; we brought home raspberry infused balsamic & their signature olive oil. HAd a great time. We'll be back!

Aileen Trebesch — Google review

They give you a piece of bread and an ice cube tray to handle all the 20 something different oils and vinegars for $10 a person. They’re dog friendly and also have a small enclosure for dogs to hang. Tons of seating and everything tastes amazing.

Katie Muirhead — Google review

1811 Ladera Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USAhttp://www.ojaioliveoil.com/(805) 646-5964


Emma Wood State Beach

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Emma Wood State Beach is a scenic location situated by the ocean and ideal for surfing and fishing. It offers RV camping with fire pits available upon advance reservation. The beach has a relaxed ambiance, without loud music, attracting people of all ages including families, teenagers, and older folk. However, parking can be challenging due to the high number of visitors especially during big waves brought about by varying weather patterns. Dolphins are also common in these waters while fishermen enjoy good catches.

Amazing place to enjoy the fresh air and ocean smell. People who frequent here are always nice and low key. Plenty of room to hangout. Benches. Grassy areas to picnic. Ride your bike. Bring a surf board. Throw a ball or fly a kite. We visit often when we are in town. A favorite for us.

robert k. — Google review

Nice Long Beach line. Road goes along the coast with free day parking for a couple miles.I do note that although it is posted no night parking… quite a few rvs and campers along that stretch.Surfers like the spot. Good waves.Was a nice place to hang for the afternoon until sunset without many people. It’s not amazing. It beautifully quiet tho. At times I’m betting as I’m here in February 24.

Cory Uttke — Google review

Fantastic State Parks campground. No hookups, so be ready for off-grid camping. Spaces are a bit tightly spaced, but the sound of the waves is enough to block most of the noise from your neighbors. Make sure to check the tidal forecast so you don't end up parking your rig in the splash zone of the incoming waves. It would be very easy to get soaked if you aren't careful.

maticuno — Google review

Great spot to camp right on the ocean. I have driven by this place for several years and always wanted to stay we got site #77 and it backs right up to the sand and rocks. There are these great stone fire pits people have built and there's plenty of driftwood to use for kindling. The campground is very simple as you have to bring everything you need with you. Only RVs, trailers and self-contained vans are allowed. There is a train that runs close by the campground, but I usually slept through it. The highway is further up the hill, so the road noise wasn't bad. I loved falling asleep to the sound of waves. As people have noted, there are no services here like restrooms or showers. Great spot to watch the waves. It does get windy in the afternoon. There are plenty of great restaurants close by in Ventura to eat. The beach in front of the campground is Rocky, but you can walk just north or south to find some sand.

Robert Prescott — Google review

Sometimes the big waves come in depending on the weather. you get a lot of surfers. parking can get difficult, and as far as the ocean there are dolphins that swim up-and-down the beach. and there's a lot of fishermen, they do catch fish. It has a nice and relaxing feel to it . no loud music. But there are a lot of people, teenagers, families,older folks that's nice.

robert borunda — Google review

Nice campground. Bit dangerous for little kids to play on some areas but my kids loved it. Stay for sunset. You will never forget it.

Jun Sohn — Google review

I’m not sure how this place qualifies as a campground. Site pads are listed as over 30’ long, but are all less than 10’ and clearly won’t fit a vehicle. They are rocky, unlevel, and slope into the ocean. I assume at one point these were actual campsites, but now that they’ve been destroyed, no attempt has been made to repair them and they should absolutely not be sold as being campsites in this condition. $40 is already too much for a place with absolutely no amenities. They don’t have water or restrooms. Even the entrance booth doesn’t have power. It might be safer to park on the side of the highway. Because there are no actual parking pads, people just park wherever they feel they won’t roll off into the ocean. Which means everyone is on the dirt and up against each other. Site numbers no longer apply, when you can even see them at all. Many people try for a long time to get up onto blocks and secure their rig somehow in whatever space they attempt to create, and then give up and leave. Some campers simply park on what’s left of the road, blocking traffic. Photos and measurements online are dishonest. It needs to be shut down and rebuilt. Photos- Site 55 is listed as 35’ but is more like 4’, Site 13 is listed as 37’ but is more like 8’ and for some reason full of boxes up trash. These two sites are representative of all the sites there.

Cerin P — Google review

Awesome beach. Nice and clean. Cool place to hang out and fish :-)

Ed Elefante — Google review

Nice local beach. Easy parking during the week. A bit harder on the weekend. Great for families and kids. I feel safe there.

E B — Google review

This is a great beach and fairly secluded too. When the tide is out, is has great tide pools and rock pools for kids to play in…. We also saw dolphins and seals swimming just off the waves too. There is a bike track that runs along the beach too . We did not camp here but there are some facilities for campers too

Andrew McCauley — Google review

Friendly guy at the gate when we checked in and checked out. The site's we as described. Easy access to bike trail that takes you into Ventura. We all had a great time. The volunteer in the black jeep could have been a little nicer.

Tyler Nicholson — Google review

First time here, loved it. Must be self contained, generators off at 8 or 8:30 pm, and the train is right behind you. Fun to explore on this beach, cool rocky areas as well as areas of sandy, swimmable beach. Cool bridge, fun little trail. It was really beautiful to be so close to the ocean.

Kristin Whitbord — Google review

Site #64. Camping right next to a crumbling cement wall so we can't see the ocean while seated in our camp chairs. Over the wall there's a 12 ft drop to the rocks and waves; the beach appears briefly at lowest tide but there's no way to access it. NO amenities except 3 porta potties at entrance to "park" which is about 1 mile away. Sadly this narrow strip of coastline took a big hit in the January storms. The road, campsites (generous parking spots), and beach are damaged. Hwy 101/1 and train tracks are very close, and the mesmerizing break of the waves cannot drown out their discordant sounds. Unfortunately the heavy fog that has persisted for days envelops the area in a cold dreariness. Park rangers are friendly and empathetic. Wish we could fly with the many troops of pelicans to more bucolic sands. My least favorite coastal campsite. Ever.

Karen Preston — Google review

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Beatrice Wood Center For the Arts

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A destination of it's own in upper Ojai. Beautiful scenery,Beatrice Wood lived and worked there. Many of her pieces on display plus other artists have shows there. Great vibes, totally worth the trip.

Janet Hayes — Google review

Love this place! I had a solo exhibition in 2019 and have been showing my sculptures there and teaching three workshops. I would highly recommend this amazing, spiritual place for anybody to visit or to take the workshops!

Natasha Dikareva — Google review

Amazing Dadaist ceramicist that was also a Theosophist.

Scott Brown — Google review

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts lies on the outskirts of Ojai Amid a breathtaking mountainous setting.The Center exhibits Beatrice Wood's master works in Ceramics. Her travels, especially to India, are evident in the Center's display of portions of her extraordinary collection of Indian Folk Art. Fascinating glimpses of her exceptional life can be read from photos and documents displayed in historic house fashion in one section of the Center. Far from just being about Wood, the Center celebrates the best in ceramic work by other artists too. One of the exhibitions on view at the time of my visit was The Presidents' Show a showcase for The American Ceramic Society of Southern California (ACS SoCA) the premier ceramic artists' organization in Southern California . The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts also showcases different kinds of art by diverse artists. Perhaps with a leaning towards Beado's love of Indian Folk Art , I came to visit the Center this time to view the new exhibition of Gond Art a tribal form of Indian painting done by individual artists in Ink and Acrylic Paint. The works are drawn from the mythological stories of one of the largest tribes in India with whom it shares its name. The works are compelling, mysterious and beautiful.In addition to the visual explosion of delights there is much more to be found at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts . The Center boasts one of the most ambitious and diverse educational programs I have ever encountered at a small arts organization.. They offer a full range of lectures, performances, workshops, classes for adults and children and internships too. What is utterly amazing is that this whole operation is run on a virtual shoestring. It is in the words of the Center's Director ,Kevin Wallace (noted artist, author, curator, & 'magician'), " a labor of love". There is no endowment, no staff really, most instruction is done for the love of the craft by seasoned professionals who believe in the vision of the place.Rounding out all of this wonder is a great SHOPPING EXPERIENCE! Since Beatrice Wood was so prolific, there is a rich secondary market of her work for sale at the Center and there are many exquisite pieces for sale.The Center Store sells some of her matted and framed droll, wonderful drawings as well as lovely ceramic works by a number of regionally and nationally known ceramicists. Other types of original art are also sold in the store. There is an interesting variety of art related books available to buy as well. Visit The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, the setting called aptly called Happy Valley ( another story) is magnificent. In popular culture the name Shangri-La has attached itself to the Ojai Valley since the 1937 film Lost Horizon. If you are searching for a Shangri-La of the Arts in Ojai take a journey to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts. You will find it there!

Bonnie Kelm — Google review

So beautiful. The view is very nice and so scenic. The art is great inside as well

Bree r — Google review

Must visit. Lots of history of the mamma of dada. I was fortunate to interview her years ago. Such a soul.

Patrick Perez — Google review

I adore this place. It's magical and timeless. We must do all we can to preserve it.

Andrea D'Amico — Google review

Lovely gallery in lovely surroundings. You can feel the presence of Beatrice Wood everywhere.

Debbie McBride — Google review

8585 Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USAhttp://www.beatricewood.com/(805) 646-3381


Mission Basilica San Buenaventura 1782

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Catholic church

Historical landmark

The Mission Basilica San Buenaventura 1782 is a historic Spanish mission that features a church and gardens from the 1700s. The site also includes a small museum displaying local artifacts. Although they don't offer tours anymore, visitors can still enjoy self-guided learning using the provided brochure. The mission is considered to be beautiful and is appreciated as a great place to reflect on God's gifts and blessings.

One of the most beautiful Missions that we have ever visited. Like going back in time two hundred years. You enter through the gift shop that's full of wonderfully painted artwork and beautiful crosses. The courtyard takes your breath away. Everything there is perfectly manicured. And full of colors. The Church is just amazing, like I said before it's like going back in time. We totally recommend that you stop in and take in the history and beauty of this amazing Mission. 👏 🙂

Robert Anthony Sotela — Google review

I loved the inside of the church, a little disappointed because they don't offer tours any more, we went with my son for a school project, and I had to pay $9.00 for both of us for a little brochure and a self tour. Although I have to say we enjoyed being able to self learn about the mission.

Yessenia Orellana — Google review

The Mission inside is beautiful with a lush yard that invites quiet moments for rest or contemplation. The one-room museum contains items from the early Era of the Mission, including its bells made of wood.

Jose Luis Flores — Google review

We had a wonderful time during Mass and later during lunch as our annual meeting was held in the parish hall the facilities are beautiful and the entire area gives you a sense of tranquility. I only wish I had had more time to visit the Mission Basilica grounds.

S. Santana — Google review

This is a beautiful little mission of what is left from the original property. We took about an hour and a half to see the place because we like to read the informational panels, took pictures, and sat for a little inside the small museum to listen to the video explaining the history of the mission. The area around the mission is really nice, clean, and safe. As you step out of the mission, old town/downtown is located there with shops and restaurants. Their is a park located in the front of the mission my kids enjoyed running around, and the Ventura County Museum is located adjacent to the right of the mission, we also took the opportunity to see.

Magdalena Gomez — Google review

My recent visit to Mission Basilica in Ventura was a delightful experience, especially as it was to celebrate my wife's birthday. Despite its relatively modest size, the place had a charm that made our visit thoroughly enjoyable.We gained a wealth of knowledge about the rich history of the location, which added depth to our visit. What stood out about Mission Basilica was its tranquility, making it an ideal place for quiet reflection and engaging conversations.Mission Basilica may be small in size, but it certainly doesn't lack in character or historical significance. Its peaceful ambiance provides a unique setting for contemplation and meaningful discussions. Whether you're a history buff or simply seeking a serene spot in Ventura, Mission Basilica is definitely worth a visit.

Alejandro P — Google review

I love this Mission!! Happy and Blessed to be in close proximity to this Mission, it is very beautiful and a great place to appreciate God’s Presence. We are really fortunate with our Ventura County to have many great places to attend mass and reflect on God’s Gifts and Blessings.

Jason B. de Leon — Google review

Beautiful mission. Pay the $5 to visit the gardens (access to restrooms too). A very peaceful setting, nice artifacts on display. Lovely garden.

keren colsten — Google review

Went here for one of the first dates my boyfriend and I went on. Very well documented history of the mission. We both really enjoyed this. A must see while visiting Ventura.

Charisse T — Google review

Serene and beautiful!We really enjoyed our time here while we were visiting Ventura. It’s quite small, scheduling less than an hour would be perfect. The garden was nicely maintained, a great place to briefly visit, read and meditate. It was a nice break after lunch!There’s a five dollar admissions charge.

Yunah Hahn — Google review

211 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001, USAhttp://www.sanbuenaventuramission.org/(805) 643-4318


Ventura Pier

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Piers & Boardwalks

Ventura Pier, constructed in 1872, is a well-known pier that draws attention for its stunning sights of the sea and Channel Islands as well as its popularity for sunset strolls and fishing. Made out of wood, this pier has become a popular destination for individuals who enjoy spending time around the coast. It offers breathtaking views of the shoreline and the islands situated nearby, making it an ideal spot to visit at any time.

Ventura, CA 93001, USA

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