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“great shopping”(72 reviews)
“chain stores”(63 reviews)
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Seven straight miles of shops.
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State Street, Highway 101, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
+1 805-962-1311
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This road let’s Santa Barbara down, closed shops, shops full of cheap tat and a shabby dirty feel about it however there are some nice shops and cafes etc in amongst it all.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Stainlesteve
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The main drag of Santa Barbara [other than the beach]. Lots of shopping, food and eye candy. Loved the pianos on the corners where people just randomly sit down and play.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jeffreyhicken
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've been coming to Santa Barbara for a gazillion years and I've seen State Street decline over the last few years. I've never seen so many empty storefronts. And the quality of the stores have changed... generally for the worse. The unfortunate departure of Macys...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dianacanaday
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one plce you do not want to miss if you are in Santa Barbara. There are lots of stores, restaurant and unique arts all over the town. During summer they will have pino on the street so people can play...Night life is amazing,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rems-SB
Reviewed November 9, 2018

If you are into shopping this is a great spot to visit some very unique shops, albeit a tad high end but browsing is free. The cheap bus takes you from one end to the other, starting near where the cruise ship tenders dock to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Teresa H
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

Well known for a variety of interesting shops, State St. offers a bevy of excellent restaurants as well as being conveniently located relatively near the Santa Barbara Harbor and Stearns Wharf. Enjoy strolling along State St- especially on an overcast non- beach day.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nancy W
Reviewed November 6, 2018

We took the bus from port to end of state street for 50 cents, great bargain, was given small map to see all The sites while walking back to port as well as stop for great Mexican lunch enroute. Easy walk and so enjoyable.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lornamat
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

After lunch we went for a walk along state street to ensure our marguerita was gone. This street is quaint with all kinds of places to check out.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ppark0927
Reviewed November 3, 2018

Large trees, lush plants, beautiful historical buildings. All the food, drink and shopping you'll ever desire, on one long walking street!! Enjoyed Natural Cafe for a healthy eating option! Tuesday evening, upper State street closed for Open Market. DON'T MISS THIS!!!! Santa Barbara Roasting Company...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sharonsunshine
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

Really atmospheric and varied high street running down to the beach. You could easily spend a weekend browsing, wining, dining and listening to live music. We cycled our way around which was really fun too.

Date of experience: October 2018
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December 19, 2017|
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Response from Roxanne M | Reviewed this property |
My daughter goes to UCSB and they cancelled finals till after the new year _encourage all students to go home about 2 weeks ago, they were wearing face masks at that time and had lits of soot on their cars. But, I belive... More
March 11, 2017|
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Response from FishAZ | Reviewed this property |
Best bet would be to take a hop-on, hop-off trolley. Direct, not from the ship, most ship trolley tours are none stop.
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March 1, 2017|
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25 or 50 cent, not sure
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