Golden Beaches, Blue Skies, and Fun-Filled Vacations at Bacara
Nestled along the sloping hills just above the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara offers a picturesque setting for California vacations. A favorite of Santa Barbara hotels, Bacara’s iconic coastal location and uniquely laid back approach to the good life make it the perfect choice for the ultimate escape from the ordinary. Browse through the many activities and things to do that make Bacara vacations so memorable.
Culinary and Wine
- Health & Wellness
Health & Wellness
Refresh and revitalize with Bacara’s array of wellness activities. Enjoy zero-edge, heated saline swimming pools, where the saline is easy on your eyes, skin, and hair. The Spa at Bacara also has its own zero-edge, heated saline pool for adult-use only, along with separate women’s and men’s hydrotherapy whirlpool spas.
Along with our award-winning luxury spa and expansive fitness center, guests of Bacara can choose from three 18-hole championship golf courses: Sandpiper Golf Club, Glen Annie, and Rancho San Marcos and take advantage of Bacara’s four Har-Tru clay composition courts, offering private and semi-private lessons with a resident pro, adult and junior clinics, match arrangements, and equipment rentals.
- Wine Tasting
Culinary & Wine
Santa Barbara also boasts a well-respected wine region, with as many as 115 wineries and 21,000 acres of vineyards, located just 40 miles south of Santa Rita Hills, Happy Canyon, Solvang, and Los Olives. Our concierge can assist you in planning the perfect Wine Country Tour, including a knowledgeable guide who will pick you up, visits to several wineries, and an elegant gourmet picnic lunch overlooking the vineyards.
Santa Barbara is also home to exciting culinary festivals and events. Plan your stay at Bacara during the California Wine Festival, held in July; The California Avocado Festival, known as AVOFEST, every October; and the Goleta Lemon Festival, held annually in October.
Arts & Culture
- Rentals & Tours
For the best golfing in Santa Barbara, guests of Bacara Resort can choose from three 18-hole championship golf courses: Sandpiper, Glen Annie and Rancho San Marcos. Located next door to Bacara, Sandpiper offers breathtaking ocean and mountain views from every hole. The championship Santa Barbara golf course has been rated by Golf Digest in the top twenty-five public golf courses in the country. It was designed by William F. Bell and opened in 1972 featuring beautiful rolling fairways and challenging greens in a seaside links-style layout. Sandpiper’s dynamic design attracts players of all skill levels, including players of the highest caliber. Tee times and other golf arrangements can be made through Bacara’s concierge, or by calling the resort in advance at 805.571-3012.
For outdoor activities and plenty of fun, there’s no better place than Bacara. Bacara’s oceantfront setting offers surfing, body boarding, ocean kayaking, sailing and poolside relaxation in a Luxury Cabana. Be sure to finish your day of beach fun with an evening of fireside s’mores.
Bacara guests will also discover horseback riding, cycling, mountain biking, and hiking through the resort’s meandering paths and gardens and the close Beach Run and Nature Loop Run trails, lush with unique foliage and adorable bunnies.
Monarch Kids’ Club is a wonderful place for fun things to do and exploration for children ages 4 through 12. The program was designed especially to reflect Bacara’s beautiful and native surroundings, its natural beaches, rolling hills, and rich Chumash history. This is a great way for each member of the family to be able to experience Bacara to the fullest.
For a bird’s eye view of beautiful Santa Barbara, helicopter tours offer the perfect flight excursions for whale watching, viewing the Channel Islands National Park, and of course, flights over the Santa Ynez Wine Country. Bacara guests constantly see whales, dolphins, and magnificent views of the Santa Barbara region.
And for a truly memorable excursion, visit Bacara during Monarch Butterfly season. Every winter, thousands of monarchs migrate from as far north as Canada to make their way to the peaceful eucalyptus trees of the Goleta Butterfly Grove. Located one mile away from Bacara, the grove is one of the largest over wintering locations in California. Complimentary docents are stationed most Saturdays and Sundays.
Adventures & Tours
• Bacara Adventures is on-site for rentals and tours, including stand up paddle, kayaking, surfing, mountain biking, and more
• Choose your adventure and reserve by calling 805-284-7106 or emailing Adventures@BacaraResort.com. You may also book via our Virtual Concierge (reservations not guaranteed via this method until confirmed by the Resort)
- Arts & Culture and Spirituality
Arts & Culture and Spirituality
Take advantage of Bacara’s painting classes, tour the famous Santa Barbara Mission, and enjoy the many cultural places and festivals held in Santa Barbara.
Chumash Nature Trail – Bacara Resort & Spa has partnered with local Chumash artists, weavers, writers, photographers, and herbalists to install a self-guided Chumash Nature Trail on property. Stroll through the quarter-mile trail while enjoying informative signs that demonstrate the uses of specific plants in Chumash culture, all of which grow onsite at Bacara. The trail head is located adjacent to The Bistro patio.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Held annually in January and February, visitors flock to the area to enjoy this highly-anticipated 11-day celebration of cinema. Every year, SBIFF presents a diverse slate of more than 200 films to over 70,000 film enthusiasts, including industry professionals, regional film fans, and a large student population. Bacara is a proud sponsor of this spectacular event.
Summer Solstice Celebration and Parade – In a town that enjoys over 300 days of sunshine annually, it’s fitting that an entire festival is devoted to ringing in the longest day of the year and the first day of this beloved season – summer. For a long weekend, Alameda Park erupts into a bounty of vibrant costumes, live world music, dancing, food, arts and crafts, and a children’s festival. This June, experience it all during Saturday’s carnival-like parade down old-famous State Street.
Old Spanish Days Fiesta -Santa Barbara’s Spanish roots run deep. Recognized as one of the five best regional festivals in the United States, “Fiesta” has been a cornerstone celebration of the area’s Spanish and Mexican heritage for over 80 years. Enjoy this five-day soiree of festive Spanish and Mexican dance, song, tradition, food, and even real gauchos at the live rodeo held every August.