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Trolley 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.
Wheel 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.
Kayaking - 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!
  Whale Watching - Your guide to exploring the world of Whale Watching in the Santa Barbara Channel.
Horseback Riding - Some of the most spectacular scenery in Santa Barbara county can only be seen by riding into the wilderness on horseback. On a recent Sunday our staff took a ride "back in time" to the old west, just 20 miles north of Santa Barbara.

Surfing - 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 directory.

We have a great relationship with Premier Surfing School in Santa Barbara

Golfing - The complete guide to Golfing in Santa Barbara, including a photo gallery of each course, tee times, prices, directions and more.
Parks - 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 your needs.
Beaches - 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 guide to beaches.
Family 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.
Camping - 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 canyon?  
Day 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 - 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.
Hikes - 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 Santa Barbara.
Skater's 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 Stearns Wharf.
 Fishing - 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.


  Polo - 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 divots.

Santa Barbara Trolley Tours
23 E. Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 965-0353

See Santa 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 discounts.

Discover the enchanting seaside Spanish paradise known as Santa Barbara, through a unique fully narrated tour offered by the Santa Barbara Trolley Company.

Imagine the 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 significance.

Day passes 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.

Tour Highlights

  • Stearns Wharf - Enjoy unique gift shops, dining and fishing.
  • Bath House / East Beach - Locals favorite for volleyball and relaxing.
  • Montecito / Montecito Inn - Visit this elegant village, home of fine boutiques and eateries.
  • Butterfly Beach / Biltmore Hotel - A Romantic beach for those who want to take time away from the crowds.
  • El Presidio - Last in chain of four military fortresses built by the Spanish.
  • Visitor Information Center - All info on fun things to see and do in the Santa Barbara area under one roof! Open daily 9am-5pm.
  • Santa Barbara Zoo - View rare and exotic animals from around the globe. Open daily, 10am-5pm.
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - a fun time for all ages. Open daily 10am-5pm.
  • Old Mission - Explore the "Queen of Missions." Self-guided tours onlu. Open daily 9am-5pm.
  • Santa Barbara Courthouse - Admire the stunning architecture of the #1 most photographed building in the nation!

Tour Santa Barbara wineries and Santa Ynez wineries!

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:

Custom Designed Trolley
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

Wheel Fun Rentals
23 E. Cabrillo Blvd
633 E. Cabrillo Blvd
101 State Street
Phone: (805) 966-2282

Welcome to 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 experience.

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.


Santa Barbara Locations

Wheel Fun Rentals
101 State Street, Santa Barbara
Electric Cars, Scoot Coupes, Vespas
Hours: Weekends 9am - 7pm
Phone: (805) 962-2585
Wheel Fun Rentals
23 E. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara
All Bike Products
Hours: Everyday 8am - 8pm
Phone: (805) 966-2282
Wheel Fun Rentals
633 E. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara
Fess Parker Double Tree Resort
Most Bike Products
Hours: Everyday 9am - 7pm
Phone: (805) 966-2282

Kayaking in Santa Barbara is so quick and easy, you can almost do it during your lunch break!

Today's adventure began at the Santa Barbara Harbor.

We rented two double-seat kayaks. John & Victoria were in one kayak as the day's photographers, and Wendy & Katy lead the way.

  • Photo album of today's adventure
  • movie: Paddling by the breakwater

Each 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.

Today 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).

When 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 FEET!

Captain 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:
Santa 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 at or give us a call at 805-898-0671 (toll-free 888-773-3239).

Santa 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.

Over 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.

There 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. 

Guided Horseback Ride's for as little at $35.00
(888) 810-8687
or (805) 564-8687

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:

Online Surf Resources

  • Tim Maddux Santa Barbara surfing guide Surfrider - Santa Barbara Chapter Surfrider - Ventura Chapter Daily Rincon surf report
  • Live NOAA Buoy Data 12 nautical miles Southwest of Santa Barbara

Surf Business Directory

A-Frame Surf
Surfboards, clothing, wetsuits & more
3785 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria
Scuba, wetsuits & more
5822 Hollister Ave, Goleta
Backdoor Board Shop
Surf, skate & snow
1693 Mission Dr, Solvang 
Beach House (Surf & Wear)
Clothes, boards & more
10 State Street, Santa Barbara 
Blue Pacific
Beachwear, wetsuits, skateboards & more
286 S. Fairview, Goleta 
905 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria
Carvin Surfboards
286 S. Fairview Ave, Goleta
Channel Islands Surfboards
Largest selection of boards by Al Merrick
29 State St, Santa Barbara
Davey Smith Surf Academy
711 Palermo Dr, Santa Barbara
Dings Happen
208 Gray Ave, Santa Barbara
Glassaire Surfboards
712 Nopalitos Wy, Santa Barbara
Haakenson Bob Fiberglass
26 S. La Patera Ln, Goleta
Isla Vista Surf Company
901 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista
Morningstar Boardshop
Surfboards, wetsuits, clothing, bodyboards & snowboards
179 S. Turnpike, Santa Barbara

Morningstar KTYD Surfline
179 S. Turnpike, Santa Barbara

Ocean Driven Surf Photography
by Nick Presniakov
Play It Again Sports
4850 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara
Proctor Surfboards
City of Camarillo
Progressive Surfboards
Dave Johnson advanced design
26 S. La Patera #F, Goleta
Rincon Designs
657 Linden Ave, Carpinteria
Rippin Stix Surfboards
36 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Adventure Company
P.O. Box 208
Santa Barbara CA 93102
Santa Barbara Water Sports
Sales, rentals, instruction, tours
117 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara
Sundance Beach
809 State St, Santa Barbara
Surf Country
Surfoards, apparel, repairs, rentals, lessons
5668 Calle Real, Goleta
Surf & Wear KTYD Surf Report
210 State State St. Santa Barbara
Wayne Riders
6416 Hollister Ave, Goleta
Wilderness Surfboards
317 S. Alisos, Santa Barbara

Yater's Surfboards
Showroom, custom ordering
10 State St, Santa barbara
222 E. Yanonali, Santa Barbara

Santa 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 Point.

Rincon Point, 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.

Santa 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 different! 
  • Beach amenities chart

I 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 drift.

Hendry's Beach - Officially named Arroyo 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.
Butterfly Beach - 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 crowd.
Carpinteria 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 - 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.
El Capitan Beach (and State Park) - 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.
Gaviota 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.
Goleta Beach - Another favorite of just about everybody.  This beach is for the easily bored.  Between the excellent restaurant, volleyball, picnic and fishing facilities, you could entertain an entire cadre of folks - which is probably why its a local favorite for company picnics.
Leadbetter Beach - Centrally located and busy, this beach offers plenty to do.  It is a popular haunt for windsurfers, catamaran pilots, surfers and walkers.  Leadbetter is between Shoreline park and the breakwater.  Each summer this beach hosts weekly sporting events, parties and it's not uncommon to see a radio station hosting something  interesting.
Refugio 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 the coast.
West Beach - Although not the most glamorous, this beach hosts a number of sporting events, including the Hawaiian outrigger lessons.  Nestled between the Wharf and the Breakwater, you can enjoy the boats coming and going, as well as the variety of people walking by.

Beach Tips

There are a couple of survival tips you should keep in mind to enjoy Santa Barbara beaches. 

  1. The sun is hot, even though the cool breezes off the ocean make it seem otherwise.  Use the sunscreen often, liberally and everywhere.  Bring along a hat, too.  You see a lot of Santa Barbara natives with hats because it protects even better than sunscreen.

    Bring 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 chips.  

  2. Invest 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 white.


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Cabrillo Inn at the Beach
931 E Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(800) 648-6708

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