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Itinerary Category: Outdoor & Active


Yoga Classes

Is it time to get your Om on? There are many places to hit the mat for travelers that want to keep up their yoga practice while visiting Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara yoga community warmly welcomes newcomers into their fold, whether you’re an…

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Things to Do This Summer In Santa Barbara

Summer days in the Santa Barbara South Coast are nothing short of unforgettable. Bike by the beach, sail along the coast, sip local wine—the possibilities are limitless when you’re on Santa Barbara time. When planning your next trip, be sure to…

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Four Stunning Waterfalls

Santa Barbara’s majestic wilderness areas abound with unexpected finds and hidden gems—including some wonderful waterfalls. So, lace up your sneakers—or hiking boots—and hit one of these invigorating trails.

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Outdoor Bound in Santa Barbara

Mother Nature wasn’t messing around when she made Santa Barbara an outdoor recreationalists’ paradise. Mountains? Check. Pacific coastline? Over 100 miles of it. Islands? Yes, we’ve got those too. The landscape list goes on and on. Even…

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5 Reasons to Kayak Painted Cave

The Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary is a natural wonderland and incredibly rich ecosystem located 20 miles offshore of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara Adventure Company leads an exclusive Painted Cave Kayak Day Trip—one of the only…

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9 Popular Bike Trails in Santa Barbara

Gorgeous ocean views, diverse terrain and a delightfully mild climate make Santa Barbara an ideal place for a bike ride. With bike trails to suit every experience level and ability, you’ll have no trouble finding the right path, whether it’s…

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The Adventurer

Santa Barbara is an epicenter of outdoor adventure and water sports. Between the diverse and dramatic landscapes and the mild climate that makes it possible to play outside anytime of year, it’s an epic place to get your adventure on—especially…

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Endless Summer in SB

It doesn’t technically have to be summer to embrace the “Endless Summer” lifestyle in Santa Barbara—maybe that’s what inspired the late Bruce Brown, filmmaker of Endless Summer and Endless Summer II, to make The American Riviera® his…

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12 Amazing Hotel Pools

Relaxation is a key ingredient of a Santa Barbara getaway, and there’s no better place to unwind than beside the pool with a cool drink in hand. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful sanctuary or an upbeat ambiance, you can find a hotel pool in…

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3 Bucket List Adventures in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Adventure Company is one of Santa Barbara's premier adventure outfitters, specializing in creating epic experiences in stunningly beautiful locations on land and at sea. They’ve got the guides, gear and know-how to help you revel in…

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Guys’ Getaway to Goleta

The good land of Goleta is well suited to an action-packed guys’ getaway when the line-up calls for equal parts adventure, entertainment and refreshment.

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A Perfect Beach Day in Santa Barbara

The perfect sandy oasis is a quick bike ride away in Santa Barbara. In fact, Santa Barbara has pioneered the quintessential beach town with its vibrant setting, romantic shorelines and carefree atmosphere. Rent some wheels from BCycle Santa Barbara…

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5-Day Family Vacation

Looking for family fun? Use this itinerary to plan the perfect five-day family vacation in the city known as The America’s Riviera®.

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Adrenaline Pumping Activities

Santa Barbara’s diverse natural landscape is a year-round playground serving up memorable adventures on land, at sea and even in the sky. Local outdoor gurus and adventure outfitters can help you experience the destination from extraordinary…

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Kid Friendly: 3-Day Itinerary

Santa Barbara is a one-of-a-kind vacation destination, especially with the kiddos in tow. From interactive museums to endless beach days, there are countless ways to keep everyone, at every age, entertained. For families looking for the adventure of…

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A Dog’s Day in Santa Barbara

Vacations are better when all members of the family can go, even the four-legged ones. And for those in search of a destination that will welcome and entertain your canine companion with open paws, Santa Barbara is the perfect spot. From beaches, parks, and trails, to dog-friendly cafes and even wine tasting rooms, there are plenty of activities for you and your dog to enjoy together.

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10 Reasons SB is for Outdoor Lovers

Tucked between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara features the best of both worlds when it comes to outdoor adventure. If you’re an outdoor lover, here are 10 ways that you can get the most out of Santa Barbara getaway.

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Best Hikes in Santa Barbara

When it comes to combining the mountains and the sea, it’s tough to think of a better place in the country for hiking than Santa Barbara. Tucked between the Pacific and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara creates a postcard-perfect backdrop for your next coastal retreat.

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Santa Barbara Surfing Breaks

Long before it was a world-recognized sport, surfing was a cornerstone of Santa Barbara culture. Today, the cozy beach town is home to both epic surf breaks and some of the sport’s most notable names. Wander down the streets of Santa Barbara and…

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Seven Not-to-be-Missed Beaches

One of the simple pleasures of Santa Barbara is its proximity to the ocean. With miles of sun-drenched and sandy coastline, you'll have trouble picking which of its pristine beaches to visit first. From surf-friendly waves to a gentle ocean, a visit…

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Island Hopping on The Channel Islands

The Channel Islands National Park is known as “The Galapagos Islands of the North” for its unique flora and fauna, which is found nowhere else on the planet. An excursion to this remote, volcanic chain of islands is an unforgettable experience and should be at the top of everyone’s to-do list when visiting Santa Barbara.

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5+ Ways to “Get Into Your Sanctuary”

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is one of Santa Barbara’s most pristine coastline treasures, leaving you breathless with its natural-overflowing beauty. From land to sea, every inch of the five islands that comprise Channel Islands National Park and surrounding waters are protected and cherished, ensuring each visitor an unparalleled experience of exploration and education. Adventure seekers from all over the word travel to Santa Barbara to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey in the area known as “the Galapagos Islands of North America.”

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Activities Along the Waterfront

Take it from a local: Waterfront activities in Santa Barbara are endless and offer visitors much more than lounging along the coast. That is, if you’re up for a little adventure. “Just over a year ago while kayaking the entire Santa Barbara…

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The Ultimate Golf Destination

If you think golf courses are just different combinations of grass and sand, you haven’t experienced golf in Santa Barbara. Yes, you’ll find lush fairways and smooth, fast greens. But you’ll also find three courses, just a short drive from one another, in one of the best vacation spots around. Simply put, there’s no other golf destination like it.

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