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Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, California

Stearns Wharf is an icon for Santa Barbara, California, a beautiful beach city on the borderline of Southern California and Central Coast California. The most visited landmark in the city offers a unique view of Santa Barbara from the water looking east. In some California cities a view from the pier offers not much to look at except for the sea, but in Santa Barbara, you’ll also be treated to something quite special as you gaze to to the lush hillsides framed by stately palms that line the oceanfront. From the pier if you look to the east you will see the East Beach and if you look to the west ¬†you will see the much smaller West Beach.

Santa Barbara was voted as one of the top 10 beach destinations in the United States by a recent survey. Estimates of its annual visitors stand around five million, give or take a few thousand people, so when visiting Santa Barbara, be sure to stroll along this wooden planked structure where cars that drive by make a thump, thump sound.

Stearns Wharf has been rebuilt several times after fires have damaged the structure. The most recent event occurred in 1998 and the damaged area was rebuilt while the rest of the wharf remained open. During World War II the Harbor Restaurant was built on the wharf. Opened in 1941, it is still in business today. There are shops, restaurants and great fishing off Stearns Wharf. You can drive your car on the wharf but you must pay for parking which is sometimes limited. The wharf offers fantastic views, great meals, a maritime museum and a bit of souvenir shopping for those seeking good, old-fashioned fun.

219 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 564-5530

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