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Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

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Pier / Boardwalk · Tourist Spot
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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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  • This is a wonderful, old time pier. It has some nice little shops and several restaurants. The view off the end is great! 
    This is a wonderful, old time pier. It has some nice little shops and several restaurants. The view off the end is great!  more »
  • free parking right on the wharf for long enough to have a look around. A few restaurants and gift shops it is worth a look. 
    free parking right on the wharf for long enough to have a look around. A few restaurants and gift shops it is worth a look.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.

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