Dog-Friendly Getaway to Santa Barbara, California

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  • USA

  • California

  • Santa Barbara

  • Beaches

  • Domestic Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Pet-Friendly Travel

  • Beach

  • Coast

  • Outdoors

  • Pet-Friendly

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Dog-friendly Santa Barbara caters to both you and your furry family members.

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Where to stay around Santa Barbara, California

Palihouse Santa Barbara

In the historic Presidio neighborhood, this charming retreat has just 24 rooms set around a leafy courtyard.

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Rosewood Miramar Beach

A Santa Barbara icon turned foodie heaven on one of the dreamiest stretches of the American Riviera.

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Kimpton Canary Hotel

Located in the "America Riviera," The Kimpton Canary provides the quintessential Santa Barbara hotel experience with luxurious accommodations and a staff focused on delighting at every turn.

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  • $50 hotel / resort credit.

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Things to do around Santa Barbara, California

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Beach Day

Dogs are allowed on many beaches in Santa Barbara, Arroyo Burro allows dogs to be off leash and swim on the ocean. Butterfly beach is also great with dogs.

Food & Wine

Check out the many great wineries on the Santa Barbara Wine Trail in neighboring towns including Buellton, Solvang, Los Olivos or go wine tasting in the FunkZone!


Explore the shops on State Street in downtown SB, and the Paseo Nuevo Mall, dogs are welcome!

Santa Barbara has many local hikes that allow dogs, whether you go in the mountains or along the coast.

Check out the murals and street art in Santa Barbara's FunkZone neighborhood! Go shopping, or grab a beer at local breweries in this 13-block area by the water.

If you can leave your pup for a few hours, the Santa Barbara Zoo offers ocean views and a giraffe feeding program!

Places to eat & drink around Santa Barbara, California

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The Lark: California farm to table at this bustling high-end eatery, dogs allowed on the large front patio.

Flor de Maiz: Dog friendly outdoor patio with ocean views. Grab a margarita and some elevated Mexican cuisine.

Handlebar Coffee Roasters: You'll want to start off each morning with a fresh in roasted cup of coffee and a pastry.

Three Pickles Deli: A great place to stop and grab sandwiches before you take your dog to the beach.

Loquita: Delicious Spanish tapas, with a great Spanish wine selection.

The Good Lion: If you are in the mood for a handcrafted cocktail, grab a seat here.

The Cruisery: If you are looking for a low-key spot to grab a snack or burger (that also has a dog menu!), come to this state street brewpub.

Lucky Penny: Under the same ownership and right next door to The Lark, this wood fired pizza place is a perfect stop after a day of wine tasting.

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Santa Barbara is the perfect getaway for family, friends and dogs!

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