Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)

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Santa Barabara Municipal Airport, Santa Barbara
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  • Vassilis Z.
    "new terminal with food"(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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
    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.
    Upvoted Sep 26
  • 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).
  • 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
  • Karla
    KarlaOctober 18, 2013
    Great little airport that's a breeze to get through. There's a Coffee Bean past security.
  • 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.
  • Jackson C.
    Jackson ChenMay 28, 2013
    Reminds me of the Burbank airport. Love it! So much more chill than LAX or any big airport.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Zack F.
    Zack FrancioseNovember 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the outdoor wating area when picking up friend or family
  • Neel K.
    Neel KashkariJune 2, 2013
    Beautiful aerial view of Santa Barbara
  • Lori K.
    Lori KingApril 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Cafe, restaurant, great views, gorgeous architecture.
  • Vassilis Z.
    Vassilis Z.August 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Great looking new terminal with food and facilities located finally after security!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan CassellNovember 23, 2011
    You can order anything from Coffee Bean at the Costa Terraza restaurant.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KhouryAugust 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Small, clean and quiet. Get here early but not too early.
  • Dagney C.
    Dagney CookeDecember 30, 2013
    They have unisex bathrooms, good job California!!
  • 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 :)
  • 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!
  • Kat G.
    Kat GOctober 1, 2014
    Can almost always get from curb to gate in 5-10 minutes.
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DemchkoSeptember 29, 2011
    Be careful...draft beers here are almost 10 bucks apiece!
  • Kami B.
    Kami BrownJuly 12, 2013
    The cheese Danish is to die for
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KutcherMarch 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    You can buy bottles of a local beer, an IPA called hoppy poppy, at the store inside security.
  • John D.
    John DussliereOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    New terminal has everything you need on the gate side of security. Ahhhh progress.
  • Gene P.
    Gene PalmerMarch 15
    Been here 5+ times
    Easy access with direct flights to larger hubs
  • 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.
  • Myra P.
    So worth the extra $$ to fly into SBA and skip the drive from Burbank or LA.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SNovember 2, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Security is always easy and nice out of SBA. Good job guys!
  • 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!
  • Myra P.
    This is world's cutest airport as far as this traveler is concerned!!
  • 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.
  • John W.
    John WalkerSeptember 23, 2011
    More TSA agents than they know what to do with.....so say hi. Then grab a beer.
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