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Santa Barbara Tourist Hostel

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Our fantastic hostel is located only two blocks from the beach and one block to State Street, famous for its great nightlife, restaurants, gorgeous Spanish architecture and shopping.


Dorms $20+, Private $65+

Come experience clean, safe and friendly hostelling on the American Riviera!

Santa Barbara Tourist Hostel is a fully equipped hostel only steps from the beach and State Street with great views of the surrounding palm trees and mountains. We offer co-ed and female-only dorm rooms as well as private rooms. Other amenities include laundry, vending machines, internet kiosks, and information boards suggesting activities while visiting Santa Barbara. We also have bike and surfboard rentals, maps, guides and tour suggestions.

Santa Barbara is an amazingly beautiful beach town on the California Central Coast, home to movie and music stars, surfers, students and fun-loving friendly people. Come and relax in this paradise during your trip to California!

Free Breakfast
Free linen etc.
Free wireless
Full kitchen use
Free Parking
Maps & Tour Ideas

Less than two hours north of Los Angeles along Highway 101, on the coast between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific, is the city of Santa Barbara, often referred to as the "American Riviera". A restful paradise between San Diego and San Francisco. A few examples of attractions:

  • The self-guided Red Tile Walking Tour, which is bounded by Victoria, Chapala, Ortega and Santa Barbara streets, touches many of the city's landmarks. Of special interest is the County Courthouse (1100 Anacapa Street), an architectural masterpiece completed in 1929. The Spanish-Moorish structure features tropical gardens and lush lawns. In addition, historic adobes and El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park (123 E. Canon Perdido Street; 805-966-9719) are snapshot-worthy.
  • Hop aboard the Downtown Waterfront Trolley, which cruises the length of the Red Tile district for just 25 cents, or rent a whimsical quadricycle on State Street or Cabrillo Blvd.
  • Santa Barbara's historic Stearns Wharf features the Sea Center (Stearns Wharf; 805-962-0885), with live displays and touch tanks, and the Arts and Craft Show (Sundays; along Cabrillo Blvd.). From Stearns Wharf you will see a multitude of sailboats and fishing boats in and about the nearby Santa Barbara Harbor. A centerpiece at the Harbor is the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (805-962-8404). This wonderful seaside museum features ship models, historic exhibits and floating exhibits.
  • If you're in search of a garden spot, there's a place for you. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (1212 Mission Canyon Rd; 805-682-4726) offers trails that wind through canyon, desert and other settings.
  • Discover a variety of delectable items and much more when you visit the Farmers Market (Tuesdays; 500 and 600 blocks of State Street; and Saturdays; between Santa Barbara and Cota streets; 805-962-5354).
  • One of Santa Barbara's treasures, the Old Mission Santa Barbara (2201 Laguna St.; 805-682-4713) was founded in 1786. Its unique stone facade, which was copied from an ancient Roman book on architecture, has made the mission a popular subject for photographers. Rooms filled with artifacts and an old cemetery are open for exploration.
  • The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1130 State St.; 805-963-4364) is known for innovative exhibitions and an unforgettable permanent collection, plus education programs for kids of all ages. Marvel at Greek and Roman antiquities, as well and works from nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American, French and English artists.
  • Santa Barbara is nestled between the beaches and the mountains; in the morning you can swim in the ocean and in the afternoon take a hike to see the Indian Cave Paintings, or one of the many waterfalls in the hills, or relax in one of the natural hot springs.

Train: Directly across the tracks, toward the beach.

Bus: Walk 1 block to State St. then 8 blocks down or take the #25 Downtown Shuttle to train station at Yanonali St.

Driving from the South: Exit 101 at Cabrillo Blvd, go left and follow beachfront past State St., take the next right on Chapala St., and we are 2 blocks up on the right.

Driving from the North: Exit 101 at Garden St. and turn right, follow to the beach, turn right on Cabrillo Blvd, pass State St., and take the next right on Chapala St. Find us 2 blocks up on the right, at Yanonali St.

To Santa Barbara from Los Angeles airport (LAX):
By train: LAX Shuttle to Union Station (AMTRAK) only $4, then take the train to Santa Barbara. It is difficult to get from LAX to the LA Union Station (AMTRAK) using "Subways", but it is possible. Check Metrolink.com

By bus: Silverado - Coast Flyer offers shuttle bus service to and from LAX and Santa Barbara, dropping you off at the Santa Barbara Tourist Hostel and AMTRAK station. Currently $35 each way.
Santa Barbara AirBus from LAX to Santa Barbara $42 to $46 each way. They offer frequent trips but are slightly more expensive than Coast Flyer and drop you off further away from SB Hostel. Drops you off at Hotel MarMonte 1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd, you can walk 10 blocks to the Tourist Hostel or for only $0.25 you can take the Santa Barbara Downtown Waterfront Shuttle from the MarMonte Hotel to the Tourist Hostel by getting off at the AMTRAK station stop.

  • Internet Access
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Linen
  • Free Tea & Coffee
  • Free WiFi
  • Private Rooms
  • Female Only Dorms
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Full Kitchen
  • Lounge Area
  • Pool Table
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Laundry Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free Parking
  • AMTRAK Train Station
  • Credit Cards Accepted

Reservations & Contact Info

134 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Reception open from 8:30am- 12:30pm and 2:30pm- 11:30pm

Tel: 805-963-0154
Web: www.sbhostel.com
Email: info@sbhostel.com

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