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Santa Barbara Harbor

With unbeatable views and located along the bustling Santa Barbara Waterfront, this historic working harbour is an excellent launchpad for a variety of adventures.

Nearby Attractions

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Santa Barbara Courthouse
Designed in the Spanish-Colonial style and completed in 1929, the still-functioning Courthouse is an iconic Santa Barbara landmark.
El Presidio
The Santa Barbara Presidio is a former military installation built by Spain and founded on April 21 of 1782, while the American Revolutionary War raged across the continent.
Spanish Colonial Architecture
From red-tile clay roofs to street names, the architecture of Santa Barbara is infused with the spirit of Spain.
Native wildlife of coastal California
See the local wildlife, like the playful California sea lions, who are often found on the buoys just outside the harbour.
Kayaking in Santa Barbara Harbor
Hop in a kayak for an exciting way to see SantaBarbara’s shoreline, perfect for adventure seekers!
Stearns Wharf
Completed in 1872, it's California’s oldest working wharf and one of Santa Barbara’s most iconic landmarks.

Related Tours

Private Kayaking Tour of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara’s history and way of life are tied to the Pacific Ocean, and there’s no better way to settle into beach life than by hopping right in. On your private kayaking trip of the harbor, you will:

  • Receive introductory lessons for kayaking and safety – so don’t worry if this is your first time paddling at sea. 
  • Be provided all equipment from kayaks and paddles to life vests. 
  • Enjoy a 75-minute kayak tour in the Pacific!
  • Paddle through the working harbor, amongst sleek sailboats and yachts.
  • Venture out to a buoy to see California’s native wildlife – sea lions – basking. 
  • Paddle under historic Stearns Wharf – the town’s iconic wooden pier.
The beach communities which dot California’s Pacific coast are nostalgic, sleepy beach towns, where time seems to slow down. Enjoy this beach life on your private tour of the harbor, where the waters calm each morning and invite even the beginners to hop into a kayak and explore the pristine waters. Your guide will give you all the safety and training you need for this experience, and introduce you to the area’s native wildlife – from the obvious avian friends to the mysterious and beloved humpback whales, which migrate through the area twice a year. 
 
Enjoy the serenity the ocean invites and learn the city’s fascinating history, which can be tracked back almost 13,000 years. Paddle under the state’s oldest working pier, constructed in the mid 19th century, and look for the starfish and oysters who have made themselves at home on the pier. Then enjoy an easy trip back to the boat launch, where your tour ends. 
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