Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)

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Santa Barabara Municipal Airport, Santa Barbara
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  • John D.
    "New terminal has everything you need on the gate side of security."(5 Tips)
    Clay L.
    "The new airport is awesome but beware: the walk to long..."(3 Tips)
    Kim D.
    "Long lines grow quickly in this small but cute airport."(2 Tips)
    Lori K.
    "Cafe, restaurant, great views, gorgeous architecture."(5 Tips)
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  • Lynn H.
    Lynn HargroveOctober 29, 2011
    Wish the outdoor balcony with the great views was still available. No prolems with security at 10 am on a fall Saturday! Hope the rest of the day is as easy ... Nice selection of wines @ newsstand.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LimonOctober 22, 2014
    Hands down the cutest airport in California. Cell phone "lot" at the end of the road is the most beautiful, overlooking the Pacific.
  • Tracey L.
    Tracey LarvenzApril 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm a fan of this airport. Nice amenities and facilities, good charging stations and Internet. Quick to get in and out of.... It's a 19 minute flight to LAX from here.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussMay 19, 2016
    Not a ton of services on offer here, but a beautiful little Spanish hacienda airport none the less. Easy to get in and out of which is really all that matters.
  • Josh H.
    Josh HayesJuly 15, 2011
    Security is crazy. if you are traveling with a small child(ren) buckle up for some shenanigans! The stroller didn't fit in the xray machine, so they searched it by hand, including a chem wipe check :)
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJuly 30, 2013
    Prettiest airport. Serene. Artsy. Empty. Take note of the glass jetways. Ocean views. Give 5 minutes to the Airport Ambassador. She's a wealth of information.
  • pamela g.
    pamela gormanJanuary 25, 2013
    Make sure you have umbrella in hand. If it rains, there is no way to get to and from transportation and parking without getting soaked.
  • joni h.
    joni hoadleyFebruary 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Hang out in the outdoor sitting area if you have time to kill. Great place to get some fresh air while watching planes take off and land.
  • Neel K.
    Neel KashkariMay 31, 2013
    I had forgotten how nice it is to fly Santa Barbara airport. No stress. Feels like the 1950s (incl. propellor).
  • Karla
    KarlaOctober 18, 2013
    Great little airport that's a breeze to get through. There's a Coffee Bean past security.
  • Leah G.
    Leah GastonMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I miss the solar powered ball maze contraption! That kept me entertained for hours as a kid. Wish they kept it with the remodel.
  • Carolyn S.
    Carolyn Sheehan-GarganoFebruary 19, 2012
    As much as i miss the old fantasy island atyle airport, the new one is quick and easier. Has a coffee shop in the gates now
  • USA TODAY
    USA TODAYNovember 22, 2010
    The coffee shop has an outdoor balcony with unbelievable views of the Pacific -- a very soothing way to wait for your flight. Read more
  • Jackson C.
    Jackson ChenMay 28, 2013
    Reminds me of the Burbank airport. Love it! So much more chill than LAX or any big airport.
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CJune 29, 2015
    This airport is awesome because it is so tiny. You don't need to allocate too much time to go through security.
  • Terry B.
    Terry BloomFebruary 18, 2012
    The upgraded airport now has a bar, shop and toilet facilities after the security point. A very big improvement!
  • Laney B.
    Laney BOctober 9, 2012
    Free wireless is a huge bonus! "FlySBA" They also have cubes with ethernet connections & plenty of outlets.
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CoyleMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The hot chocolate at the coffee shop is the best
  • Lori K.
    Lori KingApril 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Cafe, restaurant, great views, gorgeous architecture.
  • Reggie A.
    Reggie AAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The new terminal is much nicer...and you can eat and use the bathroom after you get through security
  • Neel K.
    Neel KashkariJune 2, 2013
    Beautiful aerial view of Santa Barbara
  • Zack F.
    Zack FrancioseNovember 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the outdoor wating area when picking up friend or family
  • Vassilis Z.
    Vassilis Z.August 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Great looking new terminal with food and facilities located finally after security!
  • Don G.
    Don GrahamJune 20, 2013
    Love this airport everyone is nice and we get threw super fast
  • Danny P.
    Danny PostawaJanuary 13, 2012
    Currently been waiting for 15 minutes for the waitress who has walked by me several times to ask for my order here at Costa Terraza. 8 people must be too much to handle.
  • Axe S.
    Axe SladenDecember 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Hot atlantic girls and fresh cookies at Atlantic Aviation. The cookies are gone by noon but the girls stay till 5!
  • Kathy
    KathyOctober 18, 2014
    Great airport easy parking nice restaurant
  • Lourdes B.
    Lourdes BerlangaMarch 30, 2012
    Small and quaint. One restaurant an a Newsstand! Check in and security are a breeze.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KhouryAugust 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Small, clean and quiet. Get here early but not too early.
  • Totally_Tate
    Totally_TateOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring your own toilet paper! Thinner than Albertsons if you can believe it. Come on SBA!
  • Rob L.
    Rob LettieriOctober 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring a great imagination because the artwork is bland and the quaintness is gone with the new " Taco Bell style airport.
  • Clay L.
    Clay LeveringSeptember 18, 2011
    The new airport is awesome but beware: the walk to long term is... Long.
  • Dagney C.
    Dagney CookeDecember 30, 2013
    They have unisex bathrooms, good job California!!
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan CassellNovember 23, 2011
    You can order anything from Coffee Bean at the Costa Terraza restaurant.
  • Kat G.
    Kat GOctober 1, 2014
    Can almost always get from curb to gate in 5-10 minutes.
  • Roger F.
    Roger FreedmanAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The new airline terminal is open for business, with restrooms available after clearing security!
  • Jeannie
    JeannieOctober 22, 2012
    Small airport, nice decor. Free WIFI :)
  • Kami B.
    Kami BrownJuly 12, 2013
    The cheese Danish is to die for
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MoriniDecember 22, 2014
    You're a cute little airport aren't ya? Yes you are. Who's a cute airport? Who makes LAX look like a landfill? That's right! Youuuuu!
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DemchkoSeptember 29, 2011
    Be careful...draft beers here are almost 10 bucks apiece!
  • Gene P.
    Gene PalmerMarch 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Easy access with direct flights to larger hubs
  • Myra P.
    So worth the extra $$ to fly into SBA and skip the drive from Burbank or LA.
  • Paul W.
    Paul WascherJanuary 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't know about the Hot Atlantic girls, but USAir has some Hot girls at the counter!
  • Zack F.
    Zack FrancioseJanuary 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    make sure you know you are at the aiport and not just some other spanish villa. Place looks like a house.
  • John D.
    John DussliereOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    New terminal has everything you need on the gate side of security. Ahhhh progress.
  • Myra P.
    This is world's cutest airport as far as this traveler is concerned!!
  • John W.
    John WalkerSeptember 23, 2011
    More TSA agents than they know what to do with.....so say hi. Then grab a beer.
  • Phill C.
    Phill ConradJune 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    New terminal opening soon. Not soon enough: between 5-7am, this place is a madhouse of intersecting lines of people winding around each other.
  • Kim D.
    Kim DushinskiAugust 2, 2010
    Arrive earlier than you think you need to for departure. Long lines grow quickly in this small but cute airport.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SNovember 2, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Security is always easy and nice out of SBA. Good job guys!
  • Ryan Y.
    Ryan YNovember 11, 2011
    The new airport terminal is a huge improvement over the old one it replaced!
  • Mahesh P.
    Mahesh Paolini-SubramanyaOctober 6, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Short lines, so 5 minutes, at worst, to get through security. (TSAPre is a minute at most)
  • Trish D.
    Trish DuqueApril 23, 2012
    Food drink & restrooms are now inside security :)
  • Anson A.
    Anson AlexanderMarch 14, 2014
    Had to restart my iPhone 5 for the SBA wifi to work!
  • Ric L.
    Ric LippincottApril 16, 2011
    Better cookies and fresh popcorn at Signature. And... Heather!
  • Deanne W.
    Deanne WoodwardAugust 6, 2011
    Airport under remodel!! Goodbye quaint little lovable airport!
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AxcellDecember 5, 2013
    One of the easiest airports to fly in/out of
  • Tyler B.
    Tyler BurtonAugust 28, 2011
    Love the new look!
  • Paul W.
    Paul WascherJanuary 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    In main terminal Mens and Ladies restrooms are around the corner from each other not next door to each other. Very confusing to airport Newbies.
  • Kyle K.
    Kyle KostosNovember 7, 2014
    It's apity that there were few destinations
  • Samuel F.
    Samuel FulcoDecember 11, 2012
    Miss the old airport. Walking to the plane on the Tarmac is just better.
  • Katie R.
    Katie RhewOctober 15, 2014
    Love this airport!!
  • katie d.
    katie dJune 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hate this airport. Security is 10x tougher than at major international airports. They spent 15 min examining & reexamining my camera bag, wiping down all my lenses. Totally ridiculous.
  • Liza S.
    Liza SperlingFebruary 17, 2013
    Enjoy the free wifi.
  • Hosub L.
    Hosub LeeOctober 21, 2011
    Gift shop is closed too early around 8pm
  • Grant M.
    Grant McKenzieJanuary 28, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Your bags will quite figuratively take forever to be unloaded.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BarlowJune 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Great TSA team.
  • Chris K.
    Chris KleinJanuary 22, 2012
    New airport aka everthing is out of order
  • will s.
    will stevensSeptember 18, 2010
    To ensure ur flight is not delayed to fog, book the 0600 flight OUT of SBA because ur plane will have arrived the night before.
  • Cassidy F.
    Cassidy FlynnJune 17, 2011
    Security is outrageous! They made me take my scarf off! UM hellooooo Im not hiding a bomb under here!!!!
  • Harvey G.
    Harvey GabelOctober 12, 2011
    Currently going through major remodeling....
  • American Nightlife Awards @.
    American Nightlife Awards @ANAwardsOctober 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    To get out of long term parking bring your credit card... There is no attendant to take cash.
  • Kitty
    KittyAugust 15, 2012
    Security doesn't open until 4:45 am.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJuly 30, 2013
    Less than 5 min check-in.
  • Christophe S.
    Christophe SmithAugust 13, 2012
    Hope you aren't going anywhere in a hurry
  • Eddie R.
    Eddie RogerSeptember 24, 2010
    Jetways? Where we're. Going we don't need... jetways.
  • Ibro B.
    Ibro BawaJuly 13, 2011
    Random check! (Random my ass)
  • Katy P.
    Katy PearceJune 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    3G in new terminal kinda sucks.
  • Matt V.
    Matt VLAugust 31, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    No food after security
  • Lucilia W.
    Lucilia WalkerJuly 3, 2013
    Lindo aeroporto, banheiros excelentes , restaurante ótimo
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