It’s Easy Being Green: Santa Barbara Ecotourism

Santa Barbara is a pretty large city, but we wouldn’t say it’s urban. We at Marina Beach Motel love the way Santa Barbara balances city resources and natural ecology. In fact, Santa Barbara is one of the nation’s top destinations for ecotourism… which probably just sounds like we’re throwing around buzzwords. Sure, ecotourism has gained […]

The Old Mission and Santa Barbara History

It’s no secret that people vacation in Santa Barbara for the weather, waves, and wineries. Most people don’t even think to take advantage of the area’s rich heritage. At the root of Santa Barbara history is the Santa Barbara Mission, located only three miles from Marina Beach Motel.

Santa Barbara County is Wine Tasting Country

Santa Barbara County is home to literally dozens of vineyards and hundreds of wineries. When you stay with us at Marina Beach Motel, you have your pick of places that specialize in white wines, red wines, sparkling wines, dessert wines, wines the likes of which you’ve never even heard; many of our guests return to […]

Santa Barbara Restaurants for the Whole (Furry) Family

When you take a family vacation, you want to include the whole family. That means you’re not going to leave your precious pets at home. Marina Beach Motel understands that your love for Li’l Nugget transcends all boundaries, which is why we welcome pets with open arms. And we’re fortunate most of Santa Barbara restaurants […]

8 Santa Barbara Events You Can’t Miss

1. Santa Barbara International Film Festival Santa Barbara International Film Festival (or SBIFF) is an educational, non-profit arts organization that features 200+ of the best international and independent films of the year. Stretched over a lengthy 11 days in late January/early February, SBIFF transforms Santa Barbara into a sea of film-lovers and curious travelers for […]