Santa Barbara holidays
Holidays in Santa Barbara

The jewel of the Pacific Coast

Nestled at the base of the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains lies a town straight out of a dream. Santa Barbara, affectionately known as the 'American Riviera', beckons you with its Mediterranean-style architecture, upscale boutiques, and a picturesque coastline dotted with swaying palm trees. As you meander through the town's charming streets, you'll be captivated by the stunning blend of old-world charm and modern elegance. Santa Barbara's historic Mission, with its towering bell tower and ornate façade, stands in striking contrast to the sleek storefronts of the town's chic boutiques.

With its endless array of attractions and activities, Santa Barbara truly has something for everyone. Indulge in the town's luxurious offerings, and bask in the warmth of the California sun. You won't regret it!

We fly to Los Angeles daily

11 hour flight
London Heathrow
Connect from other UK airports

You can also fly from Manchester, Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Belfast on one of our partner airlines.


Travelling to Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is approximately 100 miles from Los Angeles International Airport. 

Discover Santa Barbara by bike with some of the best on or off-road bicycling in the USA. It's the ultimate in fun and recreation for the whole family.

Hotels in Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara is a popular coastal city in California that boasts beautiful beaches, stunning architecture, and a vibrant cultural scene.

Essential information for Santa Barbara

Local Time
+ 16hrs
USA flag
American English
US Dollar $
Official currency of the United States
Flight information
11h 10m
Los Angeles (LAX)
Direct flight
Flight schedule
Virgin Atlantic fly twice daily to LA from London Heathrow
are our main partner airline

Do I need a visa?

To travel to the USA, you will need an ESTA visa. Please make sure that you have this approved at least 3 days before you head off on holiday.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Getting around

A car is almost a necessity once arrived in LA to take you from LAX to Santa Barbara. Check out our car hire options to make your journey as seamless as possible.

Holidays you can trust

Why choose us?

Holidays are important. But with everything costing more right now, affording a holiday might feel like a world away.

We want you to know that when you’re ready to turn your dreams into reality, we’ll make sure that every penny and cent you put in is well spent. Since 1985, we’ve been helping our customers create magical moments they can keep forever. And you can be confident your dream holiday will be in safe hands too.

Virgin Atlantic A350

We've got you covered

Book your dream holiday with confidence. We provide financial protection for our holidays with ATOL and ABTA protection, giving you peace of mind that if anything doesn’t go to plan, we’ll make sure you’re looked after.


As part of Virgin Atlantic, you can expect a seamless journey to your destination, with our fabulously faultless service at every step.

We're experts

We've been arranging holidays since 1985 and are the largest, most successful transatlantic tour operator, and market leader for travel to the USA and the Caribbean.


Our sales experts are dedicated to finding your perfect holiday, with all the insider tips and tricks you need to take your trip to the next level. Book your in-store appointment now.

We make it easy for you

From choosing your seats to pre-booking meals, our Manage my Booking portal is your one-stop-shop for all the tweaks, changes and add-ons that make your trip so special.


Once you've made it to your destination, our Resort Experts and Support Teams are on hand for any questions or concerns. Your holiday is our priority.


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