Stearns Wharf

217 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

One of the finest Pacific Coast piers, as they’re usually called in California, is Stearns Wharf. Built in 1872 for cargo delivery and passengers, the pier has survived earthquakes, storms and fires. Today, an entire subculture of colorful characters hangs out on its wooden planks every day. Strolling the local landmark is itself worth a trip to Santa Barbara, for its natural history museum, small shops and fish & chips—leftovers of which assertive seabirds will nab.

Information on this page, including website, location, and opening hours, is subject to have changed since this page was last published. If you would like to report anything that’s inaccurate, let us know at

Nearby highlights
Sign up for our newsletter
Join more than a million of the world’s best travelers. Subscribe to the Daily Wander newsletter.
More From AFAR