Bacara Resort & Spa

Book a room at the hotel where our reception will be held and experience laid-back luxury and contemporary comfort at this beachfront resort along the Santa Barbara Coast!

Mention you are coming for the “Vasquez/Directo Wedding” to receive a 10% discount on a 2-night minimum stay.


8301 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Price Range: $$$$

CALL (877) 422-4245 for reservations

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Best Western Plus South Coast Inn

Conveniently located approximately 5 miles from the reception site, this hotel offers a quiet oasis in between the Bacara and downtown Santa Barbara.

Mention you are coming for the “Vasquez/Directo Wedding” to book within our room block. Room rate includes daily breakfast buffet and is guaranteed at $180/night plus tax & fees, if booked by May 1, 2013.


5620 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117

Price Range: $$

CALL (805) 967-3200 or (800) 350-3614 for reservations

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Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA):
Small airport located 10 miles north of Santa Barbara, in Goleta

The following airlines fly directly into Santa Barbara:
Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
Frontier Airlines
US Airways

601 Firestone Road Santa Barbara, CA 93117

CALL (805) 967-7111

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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX):
Located about 2 hours south of Santa Barbara
The easiest way to get from LAX to Santa Barbara is to rent a car or take the Santa Barbara Airbus.
380 World Way Los Angeles, CA 90045

CALL (310) 646-5252

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Rental cars
The following companies are permitted to pick-up and drop-off their customers at the LAX airline terminals using courtesy shuttles:


Santa Barbara Airbus: travels to Santa Barbara, plus nearby Goleta and Carpinteria. The drive to these areas from the airport usually takes between one and a half to two hours. The bus has numerous pick up and drop off times each day.


Taxi Services: quick, clean and efficient services to take you anywhere in the downtown area or all around Santa Barbara.
Service available seven days a week, 24-hours a day:

Beachside Taxi: (805) 966-5600
Blue Dolphin Taxi: (805) 966-6161
Checker Cab: (805) 560-8284
City Cab: (805) 968-6868
Lucky Cab: (805) 968-5020
Orange Cab Company: (805) 964-2800
Rock Star Taxi & Limousine: (805) 882-9191
Rose Cab Company: (805) 564-2600
Santa Barbara Taxi: (805) 968-6868
Seaside Taxi Service: (805) 565-3002
Superride Airport Shuttle: (800) 977-1123
United Cab: (805) 895-5555
Yellow Cab: (805) 965-5111



Before the movie Sideways ignited the Santa Barbara wine country craze, the seaside town had already collected its fair share of history. The Chumash Indians had settled here; the Spanish Missionaries had evangelized during colonization; and the earthquake of 1925 had shaken things up and led to a town ordinance to preserve downtown Santa Barbara’s Spanish Colonial architecture.

Santa Barbara’s local sights and attractions echo this rich history, and life here continually asks visitors to savor the moment, whether you’re exploring downtown’s State Street or strolling by the ocean on Stearns Wharf or East Beach. Dubbed the “American Riviera,” Santa Barbara offers a distinctive combination of nature, history, culture and dining. Attractions you may want to see include the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, and the Santa Barbara Zoo.


Helpful Links

To make the most of your trip, take advantage the websites below:
The City of Santa Barbara website has a bunch of great information on the area, it’s history and attractions.
Santa Barbara Independent, the city’s free weekly newspaper, lists all the events and happenings each week. Check out their online edition for information on local events.
Santa Barbara Downtown features information about the wildly popular downtown area.


Wine Country

Less than an hour from Santa Barbara, in the Santa Ynez Valley, lies Santa Barbara’s wine country. Santa Barbara Vintners Association has a list of all the local wineries and information about the tasting rooms.
For a great introduction to wine tasting in this area, view:
Santa Barbara Winery Guide (Santa Ynez Valley)
Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail (Downtown Santa Barbara)
Santa Barbara Wine Tours


Where To Eat

Panino – delicious sandwiches, great casual lunch spot or take to-go for a picnic
Tupelo Junction – great southern-influenced brunch spot
Jeannine’s – another Santa Barbara favorite for brunch
Scarlet Begonia – & yet another great farm-to-table cuisine brunch & lunch spot
Bouchon – delicious French food, perfect for a nice intimate dinner
Ca’ Dario – authentic Italian cuisine with a warm, cozy ambiance
Jane – family-friendly California coastal cuisine
Julienne – American cuisine with a European influence, priding itself on local & sustainable ingredients
Palace Grill – fresh seafood, authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine
Seagrass – fresh Santa Barbara coastal cuisine fine dining
Zaytoon – yummy Middle Eastern food, outdoor seating on a beautiful patio with fire pits, belly dancers, & hookah
Plow & Angel – famous mac ‘n cheese & melt-in-your-mouth ribs at the picturesque San Ysidro Ranch
Intermezzo Bar + Café – great for a drink/appetizer/dessert before or after dinner