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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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  • Quite a long walk along the wharf, but good Restaurants at the end, quaint novelty shops, and fabulous views of the surrounding area. Wear good walking shoes.  more »
  • Fun to walk and watch the birds and sailboats and yachts. Good restaurants to eat by the water. Short walk to State where you can visit the local shops.  more »
  • I have walked and fished this pier since a child. You can also drive a car (very slowly) to the end. There are shops and restaurants...The Harbor (fine dining) and other more casual places to eat and ...  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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