Santa Barbara is the ideal port of call for cruise ships due to its manageable size and walkability. Those arriving by cruise ship dock 1.5 miles offshore from the Santa Barbara Harbor. Passengers are then taken ashore to the Sea Landing, where they are greeted by Santa Barbara’s Hospitality Team — a friendly, knowledgeable group ready to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. Hospitality tents are located along Cabrillo Boulevard, and across from Bath Street.
From here, the exploration begins. Walk to the Harbor or Stearns Wharf for restaurants, museums, and souvenir shops. Or wander along the Urban Wine Trail — a unique series of 20+ wine tasting rooms just steps from each other. Take the MTD Downtown Waterfront Shuttle along the coastal Cabrillo Boulevard and then up Santa Barbara’s notable State Street.
For those who love to cruise, your stop in Santa Barbara is sure to enhance your love of the sea, and leave you craving another visit to our shores. When planning your next trip to Santa Barbara, check out our on lodging, activities, dining, and much more. Sign up today to receive our complimentary containing insider tips, special offers, and information on community events.
Already Traveled to Santa Barbara by Cruise?
We hope you enjoyed your time in Santa Barbara! Hopefully we can entice you to come back and see us again soon. Please take a moment to fill out a brief telling us about your visit.