Hotel Oceana
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Santa Barbara

The Hotel Oceana is the result of the renovation and blending of four beach-area motels. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
“Dolphin Family,” by Bud Bottoms, in bronze (Richard Cummins)
A mural by Hollywood set designer Dan Groesbeck at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse (Mark & Audrey Gibson)
The generally light surf at Leadbetter Beach makes it one of Santa Barbara’s more popular venues for beginning surfers. (Stephanie Diani)
A skateboarder and an in-line skater enjoy the sunset along a bike path that parallels Cabrillo Boulevard. (MEL MELCON / LAT)
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, multiple-rider rental bikes are among the human-powered vehicles that share the path alongside Cabrillo Boulevard. (MEL MELCON / LAT)
Chef Michel Richard’s Citronelle restaurant graces the Santa Barbara Inn, where rooms are pleasant and not inexpensive. (MEL MELCON / LAT)
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)