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Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

Take in the pleasant views from the tip of Stearns Wharf, a wooden pier stretching out into the harbor of Santa Barbara. Built in 1872, the pier now serves primarily as a tourist attraction. Stop at the restaurant at the end of the pier, and enjoy the views over Santa Barbara as you savor your meal. With our world travel planner, Santa Barbara attractions like Stearns Wharf can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Great pier with good restaurants. The view of the beach is very beautiful there. Much more simple than those of San Francisco and Santa Monica, but it's worth the trip for those who want to stay a day or two in a quiet town.
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  • fun to walk on the pier and visit...Not a whole lot to do there, however since it is there, worth the visit and walk  more »
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  • Awesome location, parking was quick and easy. The pier was nice and wide with an old authentic feel. I would give it 5 stars if it had some more diverse foods and retail. We left the pier to go eat but I would have liked to stay there and enjoy the view.
  • Nice place to visit. Large wharf lots of shops. Provides great view of Santa Barbara which is a lovely city to visit with lots of historic buildings and beautiful houses. Can charter sea fishing too which was great. Beach is very nice spot and attracts amazing local sand carvers.
  • We thought parking would be a doozy because it was so busy even though it was Monday and we didn’t have any issues! It was so beautiful to just sit on the pier when waiting for people to back out of their spots, you can’t even be mad! Lots of great one of a kind shops away from the tacky tourist things.
  • Relaxing. But don't buy the candy from the candy shop. It was stale chocolate and the taffy was old. But loved Harbor Restaurant. Sat outside. It was beautiful and relaxing. Very calm atmosphere.
  • A lovely place to walk the pier with great ocean views and views of the Santa Barbara area. There are several restaurants with good cocktails and food. Check the menus before picking a restaurant as some are more reasonably priced than others. Moby Dick's has awesome happy hour cocktails. You can also get a great view of the sunset from this pier.

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