7 Most Instagrammable Places in Santa Barbara (with locations!)
Santa Barbara Spanish colonial style architecture and quaint neighborhoods makes it a perfect city to take great photos. Bougainvillea laden walls, red tiled roofs, colorful buildings, palm trees and cacti are some great backgrounds in Santa Barbara. Here is a guide to some of the most instagrammable places in Santa Barbara. If you’d rather spend a day exploring like everyone else ;), check out my guide to an epic day trip to Santa Barbara!
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Santa Barbara Courthouse
Santa Barbara Courthouse, located right in the downtown is a great starting point to take amazing photos. It is probably the most popular and photographed place in Santa Barbara. I’d even seen numerous wedding photoshoots here on the same day! Explore the inside as well for some great shots.
Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants
Yes, a shopping mall but with stunning Spanish details that will brighten your Instagram feed. The Paseo Nuevo mall is on Chapala Street and is fun to visit and shop!
Chromatic Gate is a colorful art installation right across the beach at the intersection of El Cabrillo Blvd and Calle Puerto Vallarta. You will see many instagrammers doing photo shoots here.
Four Seasons The Biltmore
Another great instagrammable place in Santa Barbara is the Four Seasons. This hotel is located a few miles away in Montecito. Best spots to take photos here are the gardens outside, interiors and the Bella Vista restaurant. If you are there, also stay to watch sunset at Butterfly beach and probably have another photoshoot.
State street is a fun place with so many restaurants, bars and museums. Take a stroll along the street and you will find cool places like the MOXI Museum on one end and Hotel Milo on the other.
Mission Santa Barbara
Mission Santa Barbara is not only a historical landmark but also a beautiful place with so many picturesque locations. Some of my favorites are the entrance, cacti garden at the entrance and the inside courtyard.
El Zapato Rojo
I found this house at a random intersection and found the colors so eye catching. If you are interested, you can also rent this colorful home!
A few other places that are definitely instagram worthy are Lotusland (Wed and Sat by tour only), Casa Harrera and many cafés (Cajé coffee roasters) and restaurants (Los Agaves, Santo Mezcal). I also have a list of restaurants and other places to visit in another post about day trip to Santa Barbara.
I am Aswani Kurra. I am an engineer, dreamer and part-time wanderlust, writer and wine lover. I always had an urge to write, create and travel. So I created this space to satisfy my creative itch and combine all my skills to help you plan your Charming Escape.