Best time to visit Santa Barbara, CA

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13 THINGS TO DO IN SANTA BARBARA, CA (MARCH 01 - MARCH 10)

Poppy Season in the Antelope Valley

Poppy Season in the Antelope Valley

late February–early May (peak in late March–early April) • nature

After winter rains, dry hills burst with new life as billions of technicolor orange poppies bloom

Scenic Road Trips

Scenic Road Trips

all year round • activity

Driving along a large number of picturesque roads with stops near the highlights and most unique spots can be a perfect vacation plan

Elephant Seal Watching

Elephant Seal Watching

December–May • nature

It is impossible to miss this beach: you can watch endlessly funny Elephant Seals

Matilija Falls

Matilija Falls

March–November • nature

A strenuous canyon hike to a few beautiful waterfalls

Painted Lady Butterfly Migration

Painted Lady Butterfly Migration

March  • nature

The skies get filled with beautiful winged creatures

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

October–February • nature

These coastal dunes are a site of interest for several unique reasons. Find out why!

Surfing

Surfing

October–March (all year round) • activity

Amazing swells, great weather conditions, and various opportunities on dozens of ideal surfing beaches are waiting for you in the Golden State

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

mid-December–mid-April (all year round) • nature

From North to South, California observes the giant marine creatures migration every year

Paradise Falls

Paradise Falls

September–May (all year round) • nature

One of a few waterfalls thriving in the hot and dry climate of the Thousand Oaks area

Escondido Falls

Escondido Falls

November–April  • nature

A hidden waterfall near Los Angeles is a perfect one-day getaway from the city

Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles

November–March • nature

It is believed that the Bald Eagle symbolizes strength, courage, freedom, and immortality

Point Dume

Point Dume

all year round • nature

A beautiful beach overlooking Malibu

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

January–October • nature

Come and see unique brown pelicans in their natural habitat

9 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

California Strawberry Festival

California Strawberry Festival

out of rangeMay 16–17, 2020  • event

Strawberry pizza anyone?

Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove

Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove

out of rangemid–November–mid-February • nature

Monarch Butterflies have a unique ability to navigate and reach precisely a place located thousands of kilometres where they have never been before

Monarch Butterfly Migration

Monarch Butterfly Migration

out of rangemid-October–early February • nature

Visit amazing butterfly wintering grounds, not far from Los Angeles

Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)

Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)

out of rangeMarch 31–April 10, 2021 • event

The red carpet is rolled out, and movie stars are ready to pose in front of the cameras

Great White Sharks

Great White Sharks

out of rangeAugust–September  • nature

As ocean waters warm up, white sharks start their annual migration between Mexico and Southern California

Paddleboarding (SUP)

Paddleboarding (SUP)

out of rangeMay–September  • activity

One of the most enjoyable and fun water activities is popular all along the California coastline

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Create lasting memories at the best parties on the Central Coast

Fall Colors near Los Angeles

Fall Colors near Los Angeles

out of rangemid October–November  • nature

Los Angeles has a reputation of a summer destination, but it can have an autumn vibe as well

Halloween Events

Halloween Events

out of rangeOctober • event

Ghost tours through historic downtown and more fun events

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