In 1947, after serving with the OSS during World War II and having traveled the world, Albert “Bertie” de L’Arbre started Santa Barbara Travel Bureau. Sixty-five years later, Santa Barbara Travel with three offices in Santa Barbara, Montecito and Ventura, is the largest, locally-owned travel company in the tri-county region. The award-winning company is now owned and operated by Bertie’s sons, Charles and David de L’Arbre, employing over forty travel professionals.
Voted #1 Travel Agency perennially by the readers of the Santa Barbara Independent and Santa Barbara News-Press, Santa Barbara Travel’s success is based on a solid, experienced agent team and their dedication to fostering long-term client relationships. A philosophy of flexibility, continuous improvement, agent education and commitment to customer service has been proven in Santa Barbara Travel Bureau’s high client satisfaction rate. They are a rare mix of high touch professional service combined with state of the art technology.
In January 2011, Santa Barbara Travel achieved membership in the by-invitation-only Virtuoso luxury travel network, comprised of top leisure travel agencies in North and South America, the Caribbean and Australia. According to owners, Charles and David de L’Arbre of Santa Barbara Travel Bureau, the agency’s membership in Virtuoso brings a host of unique travel opportunities and exclusive values to the agency’s clients as well as access to the world’s best tour companies, hotels, and cruise lines.
Dedicated to the community, Santa Barbara Travel has donated and helped generate millions of dollars to area charities. Santa Barbara Travel Bureau welcomes you to visit or call one of their branch locations: Santa Barbara – 1028 State Street, 805.966.3116; Montecito – 1485 East Valley Road, 805.969.7746; Ventura – 3140 Telegraph Road, 805.650.6999. Website: sbtravel.com