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The 15 Most Charming Beach Towns in Southern California

PureWow Logo By letters@purewow.com (Dana Dickey) of PureWow | Slide 1 of 15: This strip of beach in Montecito came into the limelight when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (seen frolicking with son Archie) decided to trade in British Royal life and call the low-key, yet sophisticated area of Santa Barbara home. The expansive gardens of the Four Seasons Resort is nearby but walk or ride bikes with a sidecar rented from Mad Dogs & Englishmen up to charming, Spanish-style Coast Village Road where star sightings happen on the daily at Lucky’s steakhouse (this is also the hood where Oprah and Ellen live), and next door at Mediterranean hang-out Coast & Olive in the Montecito Inn. Rentals to check out:   Blue Door Bungalow (2 guests): $327/night Remodeled Luxury Retreat in the Heart of West Beach (3 guests): $269/night Charming Summerland Beach Cottage (6 guests): $180/night

1. Butterfly Beach, Montecito

This strip of beach in Montecito came into the limelight when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (seen frolicking with son Archie) decided to trade in British Royal life and call the low-key, yet sophisticated area of Santa Barbara home. The expansive gardens of the Four Seasons Resort is nearby but walk or ride bikes with a sidecar rented from Mad Dogs & Englishmen up to charming, Spanish-style Coast Village Road where star sightings happen on the daily at Lucky’s steakhouse (this is also the hood where Oprah and Ellen live), and next door at Mediterranean hang-out Coast & Olive in the Montecito Inn.

Rentals to check out:

© Photo by Cecilia Rosell, Courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara

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