Outdoor Recreation

Getting outside is essential in Santa Barbara. The Santa Ynez Mountains offer endless opportunities to hike and bike to the next vista. The golden ridgelines cascade into the Pacific, where outdoor recreation defines this iconic California coastline. On any given day, you’ll find pick-up beach volleyball games, people sea kayaking from Stearns Wharf to the Harbor, boats setting sail to go whale watching, and stand-up paddleboarders sliding across the water.

And it doesn’t stop there. Just across the Santa Barbara Channel is the Channel Islands Marine Preserve, home to one of the most unique national parks in the world where you can hike, sea kayak, snorkel, or scuba dive. Keep an eye out for migrating whales and playful dolphins on the short ferry ride there.

Santa Barbara’s climate, which boasts over 300 days of sunshine every year, is a huge draw for those looking for some outdoor adventure year-round. Start the day with a hike. Go rock climbing, or take a surf lesson. Sail away, or hop in an ATV and take an open-air tour.

It’s easy to start your outdoor adventure in Santa Barbara.

Featured Outdoor Recreation in Santa Barbara


Cal Coast Adventures

Bike Rentals & Tours - Surf Lessons - SUP Lessons - Kayak Tours We offer Surf Lessons, Stand up paddle lessons, and kayak tours year round. Whether you’re interested in surfing or SUPing our staff is very good at getting you and your…

Paddle Sports Center

The Paddle Sports Center is Santa Barbara's favorite ocean gym and playground. We provide you with the best gear and insruction for a unique and unforgettable Santa Barbara adventure. Kayaks for one and two people are the perfect 2-hour physical…

SB Buggie

SB BUGGIE IS SANTA BARBARA’S NEW #1 GO ANYWHERE DO ANYTHING KIND OF TOUR. Our Buggies’ provide fun for everybody who want an exciting, adventurous, and enjoyable way to explore Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara’s picturesque coastline…

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