Hotel Oceana
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Hotel Oceana
The Hotel Oceana is the result of the renovation and blending of four beach-area motels. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
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“Dolphin Family,” by Bud Bottoms, in bronze (Richard Cummins)
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A mural by Hollywood set designer Dan Groesbeck at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse (Mark & Audrey Gibson)
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The generally light surf at Leadbetter Beach makes it one of Santa Barbara’s more popular venues for beginning surfers. (Stephanie Diani)
Coasting couple
A skateboarder and an in-line skater enjoy the sunset along a bike path that parallels Cabrillo Boulevard. (MEL MELCON / LAT)
Montecito del Mar
Three blocks from the beach, the 23-room Montecito del Mar is a basic courtyard motel that has been refurbished in Mexican folk art style. (MEL MELCON / LAT)
Surrey-style rental bikes
Surrey-style, multiple-rider rental bikes are among the human-powered vehicles that share the path alongside Cabrillo Boulevard. (MEL MELCON / LAT)
Citronelle restaurant at the Santa Barbara Inn
Chef Michel Richard’s Citronelle restaurant graces the Santa Barbara Inn, where rooms are pleasant and not inexpensive. (MEL MELCON / LAT)
Cabrillo Inn
All guest rooms at the Cabrillo Inn have full or partial ocean views, and the rates are about as low as you will find along Cabrillo Boulevard. (MEL MELCON / LAT)