Oyster knows what travelers look for in hotels. When we review properties in person around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you’re planning a trip with the kids and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our expert top family-friendly picks in Santa Barbara and get inspired!

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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Goleta, California, United States

This upscale property is a gorgeous destination resort boasting top-notch amenities, including some especially included with families in mind. The kids’ club is an 1,800-square-foot facility with a ratio of six-to-one child-to-adult staff offering daily activities for kids ages five to 12. There are half- and full-day programs available, including sports, science projects, arts and crafts, and multimedia games. There are three saline-filtered pools, each with gradually-sloping, zero-depth entry. The tennis center offers adult and junior clinics as well as private instruction, and the Bistro restaurant features kids’ menus. Cribs, rollaway beds and high chairs are available upon request.


Hotel Milo Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California, United States

While there's no kids' club here, this cute boutique earns a spot for its beachside location. There are also two lovely, quiet pools on-site, and free bike rentals, great for getting to the beach across the street or to the action in town. Deluxe Rooms have either sleeper sofas or two double beds, and the Santa Barbara Rooms can sleep up to four.