In Santa Barbara, where the sun smiles year-round, the great outdoors is your playground for endless adventures centered in wellness. Explore the city’s incredible trails, unwind with beachside yoga, kayak along the serene coast or set off on a revitalizing bike ride—all within the breathtaking embrace of The American Riviera®.
Exploring thehiking trails in Santa Barbara offers not only a chance for physical activity but also a breathtaking (literally, perhaps!) experience. It’s an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the region’s rich natural surroundings and infuse your vacation with a sense of inner calm. Leisurely outdoor walks fit the bill, too. Take a stroll through open spaces like Douglas Family Preserve or Ellwood Mesafor some fresh air fun and even catch a glimpse of a stunning Santa Barbara sunset. At Ellwood Mesa, witness the great Monarch butterfly migration (November through February).
Engaging in yoga in the great outdoors—in Santa Barbara, no less—-is an excellent way to get in touch with nature and practice mindfulness while on vacation. The natural surroundings can enable you to attain an unparalleled sense of tranquility sometimes not found inside the yoga studio. Try yoga on the beach with Santa Barbara Beach Yoga, in a grassy park with Sol Seek Yogaor on Stearns Wharf with Power of Your Om.
Horseback riding offers a therapeutic experience through interaction with these gentle animals. The sport is a unique way to connect with nature and even provides a bit of a workout! Explore horseback riding options on the beach with Los Padres Outfitters or take to the hills on Circle Bar B’s private ranch for some invigorating equine therapy.
There’s a unique sense of serenity that comes from breathing in the salty ocean air, and being on the water often brings solace, contributing to a sense of overall well-being and mental clarity. Take to the sea with a guided kayak tour from local outfitters Paddle Sports Center, Santa Barbara Sailing Center or Cal Coast Adventures. Or, rent just the kayak and set off on your own adventure—whether that means cruising through the Santa Barbara Harbor or heading out into open waters.
Exploring a farmers’ market is a mindful choice for your well-being. Has anyone ever questioned the irresistible charm of a Santa Barbara farmers’ market? Certainly not. Santa Barbara County boasts a wealth of local farms, offering the freshest produce available. Gather the essentials for a picnic to enjoy at one of the city’s picturesque parks or beaches and create cherished moments with your loved ones.
Engaging in cycling from a holistic perspective goes beyond just physical benefits; it can also be a source of mental well-being. Cycling, especially with the incredible views Santa Barbara offers, allows you to connect with nature and your surroundings, offering a peaceful and mindful experience in The American Riviera®. Choose your adventure with the help from expert outfitters like Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Cal Coast Adventures or give your ride an extra boost with electric-assist bikes from Santa Barbara BCycle, located at stations throughout downtown Santa Barbara and along the waterfront.
Nestled in the foothills of Los Padres National Forest, Inspiration Point is an incredible trail that ends with a stunning panoramic view of the iconic Santa Barbara waterfront, Pacific Ocean and downtown area.