Tours - See Santa Barbara in 90
minutes! Fully narrated tours will keep
the entire family smiling. All of stops
are convenient to shopping, dining,
landmarks and attractions. Discover the
enchanting seaside Spanish paradise
known as Santa Barbara.
Fun Bike Rentals - Enjoy the
outdoors - a fleet of unique vehicles
offer unparalleled outdoor recreation
for sightseeing, people watching and a
touch of exercise that will enhance any
leisure time experience.
- Follow along as we take you on a
kayaking tour to visit the sea lions
resting on a buoy outside of Santa
Barbara Harbor, near the end of Stearns
Wharf. Santa Barbara offers guided kayak
tours of the harbor, coastal tours, even
an all inclusive kayak/hike tour that
includes lunch at a secluded resort. See
dolphins, sea lions and more!
Watching - Your guide to exploring
the world of Whale Watching in the Santa
Riding - Some
of the most spectacular scenery in Santa
Barbara county can only be seen by
riding into the wilderness on horseback.
recent Sunday our staff took a ride
"back in time" to the old
west, just 20 miles north of Santa
- Santa Barbara County has some of the
best surfing in all of California. Here
we showcase the surf spot that many
consider the area's crown jewel: Rincon
Point. See the Rincon surfing photo
album and web movies of surf action.
Includes a complete surfing business
We have a great relationship with
Surfhappens.com Premier Surfing School in Santa Barbara
- The complete guide to Golfing in Santa
Barbara, including a photo gallery of
each course, tee times, prices,
directions and more.
- Do you want to take a picnic? Play
some ultimate Frisbee? Walk the
dog? Find out where the parks are, what
they offer and which is the best fit for
- Our city has an abundance of sand,
surf and sun. Each beach has its
own character and offers a variety of
amenities. Before you load up your
beach umbrella and take a bath in
sunscreen, check out our
SantaBarbara.com guide to beaches.
Fun - Santa Barbara is a great place
for family fun and activities. Here are
some highlights of the best places to
eat, play and learn in Santa Barbara.
- Would it surprise you that Santa
Barbara has some excellent camping and
RV facilities? Would it surprise
you that most of it is either near a
beach or nestled in a classic California
Trips - As if there wasn't enough to
do right here in Santa Barbara!
However, sometimes you have to get away.
There are a number of Southern
California attractions within a two hour
(or so) drive from here. This list
will always be expanding, so be sure to
check back often!
- Tennis is a popular, year-round,
outdoor affair in Santa Barbara. For
general play at any of the public tennis
locations, anyone 18 and older must
purchase a daily or annual tennis
permit, pro-rated throughout the year.
Youth under 18 plays for free.
- Santa Barbara is nestled between the
Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific
Ocean and offers some of the most
spectular hikes in Southern California.
The trails heads of many of the popular
hikes are just minutes from downtown
Point - Skateboarding was banned for
years in SB. Not any more! Check out
Santa Barbara's premier skateboard park,
Skater's Point, at the ocean front near
- From Cachuma Lake in Santa Barbara to
Lake Casitas in Ojai, there are many
popular local fishing options.
Information about sport fishing and
fishing clubs round out this section.
- The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet
Club has their beautiful facilities here
in Carpinteria. If you like horses,
sports, hockey, basketball or soccer,
you stand a good chance of loving Polo.
Each Sunday afternoon (except for
winter), you can attend a game even if
you are not a member of the club. The
fans even get involved at half time by
going onto the field and stomping
Barbara Trolley Tours
23 E. Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 965-0353
Barbara in 90 minutes! Fully narrated
tours will keep the entire family smiling. All
stops are convenient to shopping, dining,
landmarks and attractions. Your day pass is
good for Free reboarding and special area
enchanting seaside Spanish paradise known as
Santa Barbara, through a unique fully narrated
tour offered by the Santa Barbara Trolley
sites and sounds of the "American
Riviera" aboard one of the open air
nostalgic trolley cars. Visit local hot spots
as well as tourist phenomena such as the SB
Courthouse, El Presidio, SB Zoo, SB Museum of
Natural History, Old Town, Montecito and the
Old Mission. Each of the 14 stops have been
carefully selected for their exceptional
entertaining, dining, shopping or historical
are available for purchase through the Visitor
Information Center or directly from the
trolley drivers on board. Passes are valid all
day and reboarding is free.
Wharf - Enjoy unique gift shops,
dining and fishing.
House / East Beach - Locals favorite
for volleyball and relaxing.
/ Montecito Inn - Visit this elegant
village, home of fine boutiques and
Beach / Biltmore Hotel - A Romantic
beach for those who want to take time away
from the crowds.
Presidio - Last in chain of four
military fortresses built by the Spanish.
Information Center - All info on fun
things to see and do in the Santa Barbara
area under one roof! Open daily 9am-5pm.
Barbara Zoo - View rare and exotic
animals from around the globe. Open daily,
Barbara Museum of Natural History - a
fun time for all ages. Open daily
Mission - Explore the "Queen of
Missions." Self-guided tours onlu.
Open daily 9am-5pm.
Barbara Courthouse - Admire the
stunning architecture of the #1 most
photographed building in the nation!
Tour Santa Barbara wineries and Santa Ynez
The Santa Ynez Valley boasts upwards of fifty
fine wineries, set in beautiful rolling hills.
It has a reputation as one of the world's
premier wine appellations. Wine tours are a
fun and unique way to get together with
friends and celebrate specials events.
"Wine Tours By Trolley" would be
happy to coordinate private tasting tours,
specially designed to fit your needs. Prices
and times will vary.
Ride in comfort on beautiful trolleys. Scenic
Wine Tours By Trolley include:
· Wine Tasting Fees
· Lunch from World Famous Deli
· Wine Country Specialist Guide
· Fully Narrated Tour for 10-32 passengers
· Group Discounts and Custom Tours available
· Complimentary champagne and Hor d'oeuvres
· Printed itinerary and vineyard map
· "The Highlight of Your Stay"
· Buttonwood Winery
· Bridlewood Winery
· Rideau Vineyard
· Sunstone Winery
· Custom Group Tours - 10 or more people
23 E. Cabrillo Blvd
633 E. Cabrillo Blvd
101 State Street
Phone: (805) 966-2282
Wheel Fun Rentals, home of the nation's
premier recreational rental outlets.
Movie: Biking at the Beach
Movie: Biking at the Harbor
Fun for the
entire family - With over 5 million satisfied
customers, Wheel Fun Rentals offer the
ultimate in fun and recreation for the entire
family, from toddlers to grandparents.
Enjoy the outdoors - a fleet of unique
vehicles offer unparalleled outdoor recreation
for sightseeing, people watching and a touch
of exercise that will enhance any leisure time
The Ride Of Your Life - the entire fleet is
designed for fun. Try a Surrey with a fringe
on top or a Deuce Coupe, offered in sizes for
couples or for the entire family to share.
Check out the pedal go-carts and special three
wheel rides that are great for all ages.
Rent bicycles & skates.
Experience scooters & chariots.
And way more...
All products are maintained and serviced
regularly, for hours of carefree enjoyment.
101 State Street, Santa Barbara
Electric Cars, Scoot Coupes, Vespas
Hours: Weekends 9am - 7pm
Phone: (805) 962-2585
Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara
All Bike Products
Hours: Everyday 8am - 8pm
Phone: (805) 966-2282
633 E. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara
Fess Parker Double Tree Resort
Most Bike Products
Hours: Everyday 9am - 7pm
Phone: (805) 966-2282
in Santa Barbara is so quick and easy, you can
almost do it during your lunch break!
adventure began at the Santa Barbara Harbor.
rented two double-seat kayaks. John &
Victoria were in one kayak as the day's
photographers, and Wendy & Katy lead the
album of today's adventure
movie: Paddling by the breakwater
double-seat kayak was rented for two hours. It
was only 20 minutes between the time we
arrived at and the moment we hit the water. We
were even offered a quick kayaking lesson,
demonstrating the correct way to use a paddle.
we decided to follow the popular route from
the Santa Barbara Harbor to the Sea Lion buoy
anchored just off of Stearns Wharf (see the
map of our route below).
kayaking you usually don't get completely
soaked so a bathing suit isn't necessary,
though wearing shorts is a good idea. You can
also wear sandals or go barefoot. Bring your
sunglasses, sun block and a small bottle of
drinking water. A hat might be a good idea for
those sensitive to the sun. Remember, when
kayaking, you are getting double exposure from
the sun - once from the sky and once from the
water reflection. The rental service has a
complete store with everything you need, so
don't worry if you don't arrive completely
prepared. Remember to put sun block on your
Jacks Santa Barbara Tours - KAYAK for
as little as $35.00 (Group discounts
available). Captain Jacks Santa Barbara Tours
conducts guided 2 hr. kayak tours of the Santa
Barbara Harbor at 10:30 & 1:30 every day.
Experience California's most beautiful harbor
on this fun and easy tour. Our professionally
guided tour includes a kayak lesson/briefing,
all kayak gear and paddles. This tour is the
perfect introduction to kayaking and is fun
for the entire family. Your tour starts at the
boat launch, winds through the harbor, under
Stearns Wharf, and out to the one mile buoy.
Chances are good the locals will show up to
greet you. Dolphin, California sea lions, and
harbor seals may cruise by to say hello.
(Minimum 2 people). We also offer the
following tours: WINE TASTING, HORSEBACK
RIDING, HIKING, GLIDER AIRPLANE RIDE, SUNSET
& COASTAL CRUISES. You must reserve your
tour in advance. Call toll free: 888 810-8687
or Visit our web site: www.captainjackstours.com
Barbara Adventure Company - Go with
the best! We've been guiding kayak trips in
Santa Barbara since 1998! Join us for a day of
kayaking at Santa Cruz Island (Prisoner's
Bay)! Beautiful Coastal and Harbor trips also
available. To see all of our
adventures--BIKING, SURFING, HIKING, CLIMBING,
TEAMBUILDING and WINE COUNTRY TOURS--visit us
or give us a call at 805-898-0671 (toll-free
Barbara is in an excellent location for whale
watching. Our city is on a southern
facing coast and sheltered behind the Channel
Islands. It offers us a fabulous
opportunity to witness the migration of the
gray whales, as well as spot other species of
the large marine mammals.
27 different types of whales and dolphins
inhabit the Santa Barbara Channel at various
times of the year, making these waters one of
the best whale watching areas in the world.
are two windows of opportunity to see whales
around Santa Barbara. During February,
March and early April you can see California
Grey Whales. From May to September you
can see Blue Whales, Minke Whales and Humpback
Whales. Occasionally, you can see Right
Whales or Orcas. All season long you have an
excellent chance of seeing dolphins,
porpoises, seals and sea lions.
Horseback Ride's for as little at $35.00
(888) 810-8687 or
Family Special: Your "family day
tour" will start with a beautiful 2 hr
Santa Barbara Harbor kayak tour. Then you'll
enjoy lunch on Santa Barbara's pier (Stearns
Wharf). Next you will be escorted to the Santa
Ynez Valley for a taste of the "wild
west" of yesterday as you pet barnyard
animals, ride horses, or for the younger
cowpokes there's even a hand lead pony ride!
There is a short hike up to a waterfall, a
playground for the kids, and even a
"free" video arcade (Something for
everyone to enjoy). Then wine tasting for the
adults at 2 of the finest wineries in the
Santa Ynez valley as your guide/activities
director keeps the kids busy. Finally you'll
be escorted back to Santa Barbara. Tour
includes all transportation, Calif. park fees,
lunch, horseback ride, kayaking and wine
tasting fees. You must reserve this tour in
advance. To see this tour and more visit: www.captainjackstours.com
Barbara County has many
popular surf locations. Here we showcase
one location that many surfers consider the
crown jewel of wave riding in our area: Rincon
Barbara surfing guide
- Santa Barbara Chapter
- Ventura Chapter
Rincon surf report
Data 12 nautical miles
Southwest of Santa Barbara
wetsuits & more
3785 Santa Claus Lane,
5822 Hollister Ave, Goleta
Surf, skate & snow
1693 Mission Dr, Solvang
House (Surf & Wear)
Clothes, boards & more
10 State Street, Santa Barbara
skateboards & more
286 S. Fairview, Goleta
905 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria
286 S. Fairview Ave, Goleta
Largest selection of boards
by Al Merrick
29 State St, Santa Barbara
Smith Surf Academy
711 Palermo Dr, Santa Barbara
208 Gray Ave, Santa Barbara
712 Nopalitos Wy, Santa
26 S. La Patera Ln, Goleta
Vista Surf Company
901 Embarcadero Del Norte,
clothing, bodyboards &
179 S. Turnpike, Santa Barbara
179 S. Turnpike, Santa Barbara
Driven Surf Photography
by Nick Presniakov
It Again Sports
4850 Hollister Ave, Santa
City of Camarillo
Dave Johnson advanced
26 S. La Patera #F, Goleta
657 Linden Ave, Carpinteria
36 Santa Barbara St, Santa
Barbara Adventure Company
P.O. Box 208
Santa Barbara CA 93102
Barbara Water Sports
117 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara
809 State St, Santa Barbara
repairs, rentals, lessons
5668 Calle Real, Goleta
& Wear KTYD Surf Report
210 State State St. Santa
6416 Hollister Ave, Goleta
317 S. Alisos, Santa Barbara
Showroom, custom ordering
10 State St, Santa barbara
222 E. Yanonali, Santa Barbara
15 minutes south of Santa Barbara, is known
world wide as one of the planet's top surfing
spots. Nearly every major surf champion on the
globe has taken Rincon for a test drive.
If you are
driving the 101 freeway, exit Bates Rd. On
most days parking is plentiful at Rincon. When
entering Rincon, the parking to your left has
a path right to the south size of the surf
zone. The parking lot to your right has
mountainside stairs that take you to the beach
just north of the point.
Barbara is blessed with
beautiful beaches - most of
which face south rather than
west. A visitor once
remarked, "I knew Santa
Barbara was unique, but I
didn't realize the sun set
in the north!"
No, the laws of physics are
not different here, but the
quality and quantity of our
beaches - now that's
don't know what the actual
beach per capita ratio is,
but it's definitely better
than average. Even so,
on weekends beaches tend to
be packed. Just
remember, nobody really
likes getting up before 10
a.m., so the early bird gets
the sand, if you catch my
- Officially named
Burro Beach, this
beach has an ideal location,
a sense of privacy and
plenty of amenities.
The only drawback is the
lack of parking. Go
early and linger. It's
worth the extra sunscreen.
- One of the few
west-facing beaching, you
can actually catch a sunset
here. Private and in
the midst of a very
exclusive neighborhood, this
beach draws an interesting
State and City Beaches
- You get two beaches
rolled into one very long
stretch of gorgeous
sand. The beauty of
the State Beach is you can
set up camp surf-side.
The beauty of the City beach
is its easy access.
Many a local brings lunch to
eat and watch the waves.
- East Beach is in
the middle of everything and
has it all. If you get
bored with the sun and
volleyball, you can find a
restaurant, swing by the
zoo, rent some blades or
walk along the wharf.
The only drawback is the
parking. Go early and
make a day of it or go later
and prepare to walk. Either
way, this is a wonderful
beach for just about any
member of your group.
Capitan Beach (and State
- We LOVE this
beach. It is gorgeous,
private, long, and you have
an excellent chance of
spotting a dolphin or
two. Of course, I love
reading, swimming and
getting a great tan.
The lack of non-water
entertainment is a big
plus. If you're easily
bored bring toys.
Beach (and State Park)
- This is a quirky
little beach about 20
minutes north of
Goleta. It has a
railway trestle running
between the parking lot and
the beach and a very long,
tall fishing pier.
- Another favorite of
just about everybody.
This beach is for the easily
bored. Between the
volleyball, picnic and
fishing facilities, you
could entertain an entire
cadre of folks - which is
probably why its a local
favorite for company
- Centrally located
and busy, this beach offers
plenty to do. It is a
popular haunt for
pilots, surfers and
is between Shoreline
the breakwater. Each
summer this beach hosts
weekly sporting events,
parties and it's not
uncommon to see a radio
Beach (and State Park)
- Just a bit further
out than El Capitan, this
beach is truly unique.
It has a charm all its own
that makes it worth the
extra ten-minute drive up
- Although not the
most glamorous, this beach
hosts a number of sporting
events, including the
between the Wharf and the
Breakwater, you can enjoy
the boats coming and going,
as well as the variety of
people walking by.
are a couple of survival
tips you should keep in mind
to enjoy Santa Barbara
sun is hot, even though
the cool breezes off the
ocean make it seem
otherwise. Use the
along a hat, too.
You see a lot of Santa
Barbara natives with
hats because it protects
even better than
lots of water. Most of
our beaches do have
stores and vendors
nearby, but we prefer to
spend our money on ice
cream, hot dogs and
in a pair of those
little jelly beach
shoes. We have
beautiful beaches that
tend to have oil
leaks. It's not
something we like to
talk about, but tar
makes a mess of rugs,
shoes and everything