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


Flag is Up Farms

What we do at Flag Is Up Farm Private & Corporate Events Monty and Pat Roberts offer an enriching experience for your team building exercise, incentive trip, or corporate assembly. In the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley with its year-round fair…

Glen Annie Golf Club

Glen Annie Golf Club is a championship golf course situated in the rolling foothills of scenic Santa Barbara. This challenging layout is enhanced by breathtaking panoramic ocean and mountain views and is always maintained with the highest…

Condor Express Whale Watching

The Condor Express offers a variety of spectacular excursions in the Santa Barbara Channel aboard our state of the art high - speed catamaran, the 75' CONDOR EXPRESS. Our cruising ground includes the nutrient rich waters around Santa…

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