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The 20 Most Instagrammable Spots in SB

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

Are you having professional photos taken for a wedding or event? Or maybe you just want some new, fun content for the gram? If so, here's a list of the 20 most Instagram-worthy places to shoot photos in Santa Barbara.

1. Chromatic Gate

I mean... just look at the photo above! How can you go wrong with a giant rainbow sculpture at the beach? Here are some more:

Photo courtesy of Amber Dolyak Photography


2. Chase Palm Park & Cabrillo Boulevard

Row after row after row of palm trees, with Stearn's Wharf in the background. Get that iconic California lifestyle shot at this street that runs along the water. There's also a bike path that you can walk, bike or run.

Photo Courtesy from Left to Right: Kiel Rucker Photography, Amber Dolyak Photography & Moby Dick's


3. San Ysidro Ranch

Quite possibly one of the most beautiful properties I have ever seen in my life, the San Ysidro Ranch offers beauty at every turn. Go in springtime when everything is in bloom. Can't afford the steep price tag for a stay? Make a reservation at the Stonehouse Restaurant or grab a cocktail at Plow and Angel and take a stroll around the grounds.


4. Tyger Tyger

I'm not sure which feature I like better: the pink and white tassels hanging from the exterior or the tiger print wall on the side of the building. Oh, and there's also a green mural next door. This place has multiple opportunities for photos, so you can kill two tigers... err, birds... with one stone.

Photo courtesy of Amber Dolyak Photography


5. The Pink Wall

Not far from Tyger Tyger is "the pink wall." The pink wall is... well, a pink wall. See some pictures that Amber Dolyak (Instagram: @amberdolyak ) shot for me here:

Photo courtesy of Amber Dolyak Photography


6. Knapp’s Castle

It's a bit of a trek from SB if you're only visiting for a bit, but if you're wanting to get a workout in and get some beautiful photos at the same time, head to Knapp's Castle up the 154. Take the 154 east, and then take Painted Cave Road until you get to the end. A lot of people do the hike, but if you're lazy (like me) you can also drive up there too ;-)

Photo courtesy of Kendal Riley Photography -


7. Lotusland

For exotic plants that serve as an interesting backdrop, head to Lotusland, which is a botanical garden in Montecito.

Photo courtesy of Lotusland -


8. The Stairs at SB Public Market

Who knew stairs could be so visually appealing? Well, with decorative Spanish tiles like these, the colors are sure to make any photo pop.

Photo courtesy from left to right: ; ; Santa Barbara Public Market Facebook page


9. The Yellow Garage Door

The beauty about the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara is that there are so many visually appealing places all within short walking distance. Like the pink wall, the yellow garage door is just next to Tyger Tyger, but in the opposite direction.

Photo courtesy of Amber Dolyak Photography


10. Mission Rose Garden

An iconic Santa Barbara staple, the Mission rose garden offers the interest of a historical landmark, coupled with the beauty of the attached rose garden. You can get some interesting shots with the roses in the foreground and the mission in the background, or vice versa.