A balmy year-round climate and some extraordinary scenery and public lands constituting its big backyard make Santa Barbara, California an outdoor lover’s paradise.

While a stay at Mar Monte Hotel can enjoy plenty of good old-fashioned R&R downtime—not least on East Beach just steps away—our Hyatt Unbound Collection accommodations are also ideal for active types looking to soak up some Golden State fresh air and splendor. Both hiking and biking are easily enjoyed, including right from our very doorstep.

Biking the American Riviera on a Mar Monte Hotel Stay

We’ll hold Santa Barbara up against any place in the world when it comes to a paradise for cyclists. From coastal rides kissed by ocean breezes to challenging adventures in the backlands of the Santa Ynez Mountains, you’re spoiled for choices.

Mar Monte Hotel is tailor-made for cycling tourism, given our guests can avail themselves of the complimentary Mar Monte Bikes whenever they feel like a ride. You can pedal your way through bustling, beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, or hop on the Cabrillo Bike Path for a stunning trip to Leadbetter Beach—maybe timed for a ravishing Pacific sunset.

Road-biking opportunities are ample as well, including the invigorating grade of Gibraltar Road. And mountain bikers have just about endless explorations in the American Riviera’s front- and backcountry, not least the better than 1,200 miles of trails awaiting in the Los Padres National Forest so close at hand.

Hike Diverse Southern California Landscapes With a Mar Monte Hotel “Base Camp”

Hikers are equally well situated while staying here at Mar Monte Hotel. Whether you’re looking for a quick, easy, close-by amble or a genuine wilderness adventure, Santa Barbara’s magnificent setting between the Pacific and the Transverse Ranges has you covered.

From short hikes to Inspiration Point and 80-foot Nojoqui Falls to backcountry explorations in the Santa Ynez Mountains, the hiking spectrum here is fabulous. You’ve got a good chance of spotting black-tailed deer, coyotes, and other wildlife in the foothills and mountains—perhaps even the unforgettable silhouette of a California condor. Truly remote terrain is surprisingly near at hand in Los Padres National Forest wildernesses such as the Matilija, Sespe, and San Rafael.

You’re not restricted to the mainland coast of the American Riviera when it comes to hiking, either: Don’t miss the unique ecological wonderland of the Channel Islands, protected in a national park and offering splendid trails.

Hit the Trails (and the Bike Paths) of Santa Barbara & Its Big Backyard

Whether you took out a Mar Monte Bike for a quick spin or are coming back from a daylong hiking odyssey in the quiet Santa Ynez wilds, it’s a joy to return to Mar Monte Hotel along the Santa Barbara beachfront, with the luxurious comforts of your Hyatt room or suite awaiting and some delicious (and thirst-quenching) refueling awaiting you at costa Kitchen & Bar or Café Lido.

Come experience our extra-special brand of boutique hospitality along the American Riviera, and get some blissful exercise—from oceanside to mountaintop—while you’re at it!

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