Price drop since summer 2013: 3 percent
Average daily hotel rate for 2014: $172
Santa Barbara has more to offer than just its beaches. For a self-guided tour of the Old Mission Santa Barbara, seniors age 65 and over pay $5 and adults between ages 16 to 64 pay $6, while children ages five to 15 can get in for one dollar and children under four are free. Guided tours are also available for a few more dollars.
At the Stearns Wharf, tourist can take a water taxi around the wharf, or visit the Ty Warner Sea Center to see marina life up close for $8 or less. There is also many restaurants and shops at the Stearns Wharf, including Longboards Grill, jewelry store Coastal Treasures, and Topside Resort Wear.
Other popular and inexpensive destinations in Santa Barbara include the Riviera neighborhood, El Paseo Shopping Mall, and the Presidio of Santa Barbara.
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