Travel Koncierge: Santa Barbara        page 1
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Santa Barbara is a lovely coastal city and one of our favorite places
to visit.  It is equally enjoyable for adults and families.  It is very well-
suited for families and we have encountered very little that is not
family friendly.

The city is oriented on a grid with the mountains to the North, the
Ocean to the South, Montecito and Los Angeles to the East (and
South) and Goleta/Solvang/Santa Ynez to the West/North.

Some key landmarks are
  • Highway 101 which runs through the city.  In the last few
    years, underpasses were cut under the highway to make
    beach access more convenient
  • State Street, the main drag on and off of which are tons of
    shopping, dining, entertainment, and more.  Upper State is
    more residential and Lower State is where most of the
    action is.  Street numbers start low by the ocean and get
    larger as you get farther north.
  • State Street divides the city into east and west.  So, if the
    address says "East", it is East of State (on the Anacapa
    side).  If the address says "West" it is on the West or
    Chapala side.
  • Parallel to State Street to the West (on your left as you look
    up State from the Beach) is Chapala (one way going
    North).  On the other side of State (on your right as you look
    up State from the beach) or east is Anacapa (one way
    going south).  These two streets are quick ways to bypass
    the traffic of State Street.
  • Cabrillo, the main beach road which runs the entire
    coastline from Montecito to the Mesa
  • The Mission is a stunning Spanish mission on the edge of
    the Riviera.
  • Goleta/Isla Vista just North of Santa Barbara is where the
    University and the Airport are
  • San Marcos Pass (hwy 154) is the back way to Santa Ynez
    /Solvang.  It is also a beautiful drive and will take you near
    Lake Cachuma, a wonderful recreation area

Good to Know:  The streets of Santa Barbara are very long (like
Wilshire in LA or Pine in San Francisco).  State, De La Vina,
Chapala, Anacapa, etc. are all very long streets.  Make sure that
you get cross streets when you ask for directions.  In some cases
like Bath, make sure that you ask which side of the 101 it is on.  
Not all streets go through.

Also Good to Know:  In addition to the recommendations and
reviews that we provide, we also recommend
com as an excellent general resource for the area. This website
lists almost every business in the city.  While it is somewhat
superficial and the reviews can be a little touch and go (as are
most review sites), it is a GREAT resource.  But, for the family, we
still think Kiddie Koncierge is your go-to place.  

Since Santa Barbara is, as we have mentioned, a family town, you
are likely to find all the staples and supplies your family might

The nice thing about Santa Barbara is that, while it is a resort town,
there is a considerable full-time population that needs groceries.
The key grocery stores are:
  • Vons (3 locations)
 - 34 Victoria Street at Chapala
 - 1040 Coast Village Road in Montecito
Note: this location also has a full pharmacy
3855 State Street (Upper State just South of Hwy 154
    and the State Street Exit off of the 101)
  • Trader Joes (3 locations)
 - 29 S. Milpas Street (North of the 101 just off the traffic
 - 3025 De La Vina Street (West off of Upper State Street
   as you head South from Las Positas Road (exit off of
 - 5767 Calle Real, Goleta (North of Santa Barbara just
   South of the North Fairview Ave. Exit off of the 101 on the
   East side of the freeway)
  • Ralphs (3 locations)
 - 2840 De La Vina (West off of Upper State Street as you
    head South from Las Positas Road (exit off of 101)
 - 100 W. Carrillo St (East of the 101 at the Carillo St exit as
   you head towards State Street between De La Vina and
 - 5170 Hollister Ave. (Basically Goleta)
  • Lazy Acres (on the Mesa at the corner of Meigs Road (an
    extension of Shoreline Drive which is an extension of West
    Cabrillo) and Cliff Drive.  Lazy Acres is a more fancy market
    along the lines of Molly Stones, Andronicos and Draegers)
  • Gelson’s, 3305 State Street (on Upper State Street at Las
    Positas Road East of the 101)

Hopefully you will never need this, but if you do, there are a good
number of pharmacies in Santa Barbara including Rite Aid, CVS,
Sav-On, K-Mart, and Longs.  The Vons in Montecito also has a

Video Rentals
Many inns and hotels have video rentals.  If you want Blockbuster,
there are 4 locations in the area (2 in Santa Barbara at 101 N.
Milpas north of the 101 and at 3993 State Street (on Upper State
near La Cumbra); one in Carpinteria, and one in Goleta).  The
Vons on Victoria and Chapala also has a video rental.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital at 320 W. Pueblo (at Bath) (805)
is a first class facility with excellent doctors.  Clustered
nearby are a large number of doctors (you can find them from the
Cottage Website at  Just
make a quick call to your health plan to make sure that you know 1)
whether any doctors in the area are in network and 2) how your
plan handles out-of-area and out-of-network services.  These are
important things to know about otherwise things can get
expensive.  Luckily, we have not had to test this system, but our
friends who live there either practice there or have had wonderful
experiences there.

Travel Koncierge Santa Barbara
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Updated July 5th, 2010
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