Explore Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara

Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara is an iconic location. It’s been around for nearly 150 years, and throughout that time has been through a lot. As natural disasters have affected it throughout the years, the Wharf has been repaired and partially rebuilt. And now, this location is a must-see for any visitor to Santa Barbara. Since there’s plenty to see and do here, you won’t want to miss out! Learn more about Stearns Wharf and what you can do there.

History of Stearns Wharf

Stearns Wharf is in the harbor in Santa Barbara. It was completed in 1872 and was the longest deep-water wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. For over a century, it served as a major hub for passenger and freight shipping on California’s South Coast.


While walking along the Wharf, you’ll discover incredible food of many varieties: from char-burgers to fish and chips, casual dining to fine wines, local seafood to fine steaks. Dine at restaurants like Longboards Grill, Char West, Moby Dicks Restaurant, Harbor Restaurant, and the iconic Santa Barbara Shellfish Company. And at each restaurant, you’ll be able to enjoy great views of Santa Barbara along with your food.


In addition to all the incredible restaurants, there are plenty of local shops to enjoy. Here, discover souvenirs made by locals–while you pick something up for friends and family, you won’t be able to resist getting something for yourself as well. You can also find delicious candy at Mother Stearns Candy Shop. If you’re craving a cold sweet treat, visit the Great Pacific Ice Cream Company for decadent ice cream.


The views from Stearns Wharf are second to none. Standing on the Wharf, you’ll get incredible ocean views from all sides. Whether you’re eating, shopping, or simply strolling, you can take in the incredible Santa Barbara sights everywhere you look. And if you visit in the evening, you’ll be able to catch an incredible sunset.

Stay near Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara

When you’re in Santa Barbara, stay near Stearns Wharf and all it has to offer! This wharf is only a 4-minute drive or 12-minute walk from Marina Beach Motel. And at Marina Beach, you’ll be able to enjoy complimentary breakfast among other plentiful amenities. Plus, you’ll be only half a block from the beach!

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