Where To Stop Between LA And Santa Barbara

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LAX to Santa Barbara Drive is one of the most beautiful drives on a California road trip. Driving across the Pacific Coast Highway from LA to Santa Barbara ranks among one of the best beautiful road drives. So let’s read about where to stop between LA and Santa Barbara. 

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Beautiful Stopovers at Pacific Coast Highway between LA and Santa Barbara

Venice Beach 

Distance from LA – 46 min (25.5 mi) via I-110 S

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Venice Beach is the most exotic and famous beach nearby Los Angeles. Many people come here to spend their weekends under the sunny sky and wavy waters. Venice is one of the most popular destinations for Los Angeles locals and international visitors. It is home to famous Beat Generation poets and artists. 

Why Venice Beach – For beach lovers, art and craft lovers, local artisans market, exotic beach fun.

Santa Monica 

Distance from LA – 33 min (16.5 mi) via I-10 W

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Where To Stop Between LA And Santa Barbara

Santa Monica is a beautiful beach city with a pier, small aquarium, historic merry-go-round, large, huge swath of beach with volleyball, and a long beach bike path to enjoy it all. It is like a fair and carnival on the beachside, with lots of people enjoying rides overlooking the Pacific coast. Safe, easily walkable, pretty, seaside.

Why Santa Monica – For fun and frolic beach type of getaway, colorful beach fun, lots of amusement rides with many eateries on Pier.

Getty Villa

Distance from LA – 41 min (21.5 mi) via I-10 W

It shows the ancient world with ancient Greek and Roman art, tranquil gardens, and ocean breezes. Getty Villa has lovely coastal and artistic vibes.

Where To Stop Between LA And Santa Barbara
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Malibu

Distance from LA – 1 hr 18 min (45.7 mi) via CA-1 N

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Why Malibu – Malibu is a beach town in western Los Angeles county. Malibu is known for its beautiful Mediterranean climate and scenic sunsets. It is an excellent spot for surfing, scuba diving, and windsurfing with a long oceanfront.

Things to do in Malibu

  • Zuma Beach
  • Malibu Country Mart
  • Point Dume
  • Malibu Lagoon state beach & Adamson House
  • Malibu State Creek Park
  • Solstice Canyon
  • Leo Carrillo State Park
  • Santa Monica Mountains National
  • El Matador Beach

Oxnard

Distance from LA – 1 hr 30 min (63.5 mi) via CA-1 S

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Oxnard is a well-preserved historic downtown with magnificent beaches and a lively beach town in California’s central coastal region. It is located next to Ventura and is a perfect weekend destination for your California road trip.  

Things to do in Oxnard

  • Channel Islands Harbor 
  • Oxnard State Beach and Park 
  • Mullin Automotive Museum 
  • Mandalay State Beach 
  • Silver Strand Beach
  • Heritage Square
  • The Murphy Auto Museum

Ventura

Distance from LA – 1 hr 50 min (73.9 mi) via CA-1 N

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Los Angeles to Santa Barbara drive via Ventura region on Pacific Coast Highway 1

A perfect laidback coastal town with lovely beaches and beach resorts is just half an hour’s drive from Santa Barbara. The beautiful industry across PCH no and the shores of this town make it a perfect day trip from Santa Barbara. Also, this county is famous for farmer’s markets too.

Why Ventura – Ventura is a perfect beach chill town with fantastic local produce, friendly people, and lovely weather.

Things to do in Ventura

  • Ventura Pier and Promenada
  • Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike path
  • Serra Cross Park
  • Ventura Botanical Gardens
  • Surfers Point Park
  • Ventura City Hall
  • Mission San Buenaventura

Ojai

Distance from LA – 83 Miles (Approx. – 1 Hour 30 minutes)

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Why Ojai – Ojai is a famous tourist spot for hiking, recreation, boutique hotels, and local farmer’s market. It has a unique, beautiful sky with a quaint town on the foothills of Topatopa mountains and is 15 miles away from the Pacific coast. Also a famous wellness spa resort town.

Things to do in Ojai

  • Ojai Farmer’s market
  • Ojai Meadows Preserve.
  • Rose Valley Falls Trails
  • Art Galleries & Shopping
  • Ojai Olive Farm visit
  • Libbey’s Park
  • Krishnamurthi Education Center
  • Ecotopia Hot Springs

Carpinteria – LA to Santa Barbara road trip

Distance from LA – 2 hr 5 min (90.2 mi) via CA-1 N and US-101 N

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Carpinteria is a quiet, peaceful beach town in southeastern Santa Barbara county. Carpinteria State Beach is one of the United States’ safest beaches.

Things to do in Carpinteria 

  • Carpinteria State Beach
  • Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery 
  • Island Brewing Company 
  • Canzelle Alpacas 
  • Tar Pits Beach

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I hope you loved reading about Where To Stop Between LA And Santa Barbara and would enjoy the LAX to Santa Barbara drive.

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