Santa Barbara Concerts

Santa Barbara Bowl

Just minutes from Belmond El Encanto, this huge outdoor amphitheater offers a fantastic line-up of spring, summer and fall concerts. A stunning setting for live entertainment, it also offers ample eating and drinking opportunities.

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Santa Barbara Polo Fields

Polo Season

Experience ‘the sport of kings’ in all its glory.

Polo season starts in May and the Belmond El Encanto Mayors Cup is held July 7 – 9. Matches take place every Sunday through October 8 at the nearby Santa Barbara Polo Fields. Sit in the polo lounge, enjoy local wine and beer tastings, and take part in the famous mid-game divot stomp.

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Santa Barbara Wineries


Explore Downtown Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail, a collection of local tasting rooms, moments from our resort. Or journey to Santa Ynez Valley, just a 30-minute drive away. Here you’ll find over 175 wineries producing regional favorites including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Zoos in California

Santa Barbara Zoo

Pay a visit to the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Housing Asian elephants, Californian condors, Masai giraffes and over 180 other species plus inspiring ocean views, the zoo is sure to be a hit with the whole family.

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Things to do in Santa Barbara


Enjoy a cultural outing.

Learn more about California’s rich nautical and fishing industry at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Or peruse timeless antiquities and contemporary photography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

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California adventures


Spend the day conquering the open waves. Learn to sail, charter a sailboat or explore Santa Barbara's world-famous Channel Islands National Park.

Whatever you pick, you’ll get up close with marine life and be swept up in the coastal scenery. There’s something for everyone at the Santa Barbara Sailing Center. Find out more >

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Santa Barbara Wineries and Shopping


Take one of Belmond El Encanto’s complimentary electric bikes or courtesy transportation and visit the shopping scene in Downtown Santa Barbara.

Find unique boutiques and galleries for authentic souvenirs. Browse high-end fashion stores and treat yourself to something special.

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Outdoor Adventures

Embrace the beauty of the great outdoors. Hikers will enjoy the peaks and valleys of Santa Ynez Mountains. Aquatic adventurers can experience large waves at Rincon Point or a laidback afternoon paddle boarding around the nearby coastline. Santa Barbara also features three golf courses, ranked among the most scenic in the country.

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