Santa Barbara is an animal friendly kind of place, but
traveling with animals can be very tricky, even when visiting Santa
When you travel with animals, it is good to find a
hotel/motel that accepts animals. There is usually an extra charge
for this, but it's worth it. We once traveled across the country
with two rabbits - which was quite the experience. One night we were
less than honest with the hotel owner and found ourselves picking hay out
of the carpet to avoid the $50 penalty fee for having animals.
Forever after that I felt it was worth the extra $5 to be able to give my
ice packs to the front desk and be able to ask for left over kale from the
Also, make sure that if your animal requires special
food that you either bring it or call the local pet stores to make sure
they carry it. Traveling can be difficult for animals in the best of
times. Make sure that their food, water, toys, and comfy bed remain
constant. They will travel much better and be able to enjoy the
family outings like they were meant to do.
Make sure that you bring any medications that your pet
may need along. There is no guarantee that you will be able to find
an acceptable substitute quickly.
Hotels that accept pets
- Adobe Motel 26 E. Haley St.,
- Beach House Inn & Apts.
320 W. Yanonali 805-966-1126
- Blue Sands Motel 421 S. Milpas
- Casa Del Mar Inn 18 Bath St.
- Country Inns & Suites 1455
Mission Dr, Santa Ynez 805-688-2018
- Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. 93103 805-564-4333
- Four Seasons Biltmore 1260
Channel Drive. 805-969-2261
- Harbor House Inn 104 Bath St.
- Ivanhoe Inn 1407 Castillo St.,
- Kara's Beach House Rincon Point Rd. 93013 805-895-9128
- La Playa Inn 212 W. Cabrillo Blvd. 93102 805-962-6436
- Marina Beach Motel 21 Bath St.
- Montecito Del Mar 316 W.
Montecito St., 805-962-2006
- Motel 6 3505 State Street,
- Motel 6 5897 Calle Real,
- Motel 6 Carpinteria 4200 Via
Real, Carpinteria 805-684-6921
- Motel 6 Carpinteria 5550
Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria 805-684-8602
- Pacifica Suites 5490 Hollister
Ave. Goleta 805-683-6722
- San Ysidro Ranch 900 San
Ysidro Ln., 805-969-5046
- Secret Garden Inn & Cottages
1908 Bath St. 805-687-2300
If you're looking for an off-leash
experience, the Douglas
Family Preserve is excellent. It a long stretch of gorgeous
water front, rustic and partially developed land where dogs are welcome to
be off-leash. It is important that your dog be okay with other dogs,
however, as this is a popular place for running and fetching!
Other great parks for leashed dogs are Chase Palm Park,
Shoreline Park, Oak
Generally, it is forbidden to have dogs off
leash during the summer but if you're here in the off-season, it's usually
okay. Great beaches for dogs are
Hendry's Beach, the stretch of unnamed beach below
Shoreline Park and west of Leadbetter Beach, which you can only get to
during low tide, and El
Capitan Beach is wonderful if you don't mind a bit of a drive.
Many, many restaurants in Santa Barbara have patio seating. Make
sure to ask the staff, but most are more than happy to let your leashed
dog hang out with you and some even provide a bit of a treat to make your
- 301 E. Haley St, (805) 899-2273 - CARE
Hospital is a state-of-the-art veterinary center offering advanced medical
and surgical procedures for your pets.
Emergency Pet Hospital,
2963 State St. (805) 682-5120. Open nights and weekends, this
emergency hospital is staffed by vets from the areas regular
services. Superb with cats and dogs. Exotic animals will find
hit or miss, as you never know which vet may have a unique
specialty. Call ahead if you have birds, reptiles or small mammals
(rabbits, guinea pigs)