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The Best Beaches in Santa Barbara

People come to Santa Barbara for a number of reasons, from the tourist attractions to the beautiful weather. But one thing every Santa Barbara visitor has in common is a desire to go to the beach. And with miles of beautiful white sandy beaches looking out on the sparkling azure ocean, it can be hard […]

Must-See Santa Barbara Events in 2016

There is a lot of exciting stuff going in Santa Barbara in 2016 and we don’t want you to miss out on any of it! From films to street painting, Santa Barbara has a lot to offer both tourists and locals by way of fun events this coming year. Below is our list of must-see […]

Free Things To Do in Santa Barbara

As much fun as it is to go on vacation, it can be expensive, especially in a place like California. That’s why Marina Beach Motel offers such affordable rates to our valued guests and why we put together this list of free things to do and places to go during your stay in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara’s Holiday Celebration

Santa Barbara was bursting with activity this holiday season and we couldn’t have been happier to have you stay with us this time around! We hope our untraditional holiday setting helped create a new tradition for you and your family.

6 Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit

Santa Barbara may not be the typical Christmas setting you envision when thinking about the holidays, but it’s full of holiday cheer. We know how to celebrate and get into the holiday spirit better than anyone since we don’t have the traditional snowy backdrop associated with the holidays. Here are 6 ways to get in […]

The Stranger Side of Santa Barbara

Tourist attractions have always been… well, touristy. Although walking down the pier in the sun and cramming a hot dog in your mouth can be entertaining, there’s a stranger side of Santa Barbara that is frequently neglected by most of our visitors. At Marina Beach Motel, we believe that the city of Santa Barbara is […]

Stearns Wharf: The Unlucky Landlubber

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Santa Barbara, Stearns Wharf serves as a habitat for both humans and animals alike. Harbor seals glide underneath the protective cover of the water’s surface while humans trot along above, weaving their way through the small shops and locally sourced restaurants. Built in 1872, this Santa Barbara […]

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 […]