Adventure Sports

Santa Barbara is an adventure seeker’s paradise.  The East-to-West Santa Ynez Mountain range cascades into the wild blue Pacific, resulting in an unlimited adventure center. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate thrill, or an exciting way to have fun with the family, Santa Barbara has the perfect adventure for you. Start the morning off with a vista-filled hike before hitting the water for some stand-up paddle boarding, exploring in a sea kayak, or venturing out to Channel Islands National Park.

Want to keep things at ground level? Santa Barbara’s hills and bike paths offers some of the best cycling in the country. Ride routes through wine country, or along the famed Pacific Coast Highway.

Searching for something loftier? Try piloting a paraglider. You’ll get a bird’s eye view while hovering above Santa Barbara’s scenic red tile roofs and looming views.

And if all of that isn’t enough, hit up some of the area’s renowned surf breaks. Learn from local instructors or simply rent a board and explore on your own. From beginner to advanced, waves ranging in size and style beckon you to literally hop on board and go for a ride.

Adventure Sports in Santa Barbara


Backroads

Let's see. How a spa treatment feels after a glorious ride past idyllic beaches and citrus groves. How exquisite our evening meal tastes after a brisk climb up the California coast. Let's enjoy the best of biking with the best of everything. The…


Captain Jack’s Santa Barbara Tours

Captain Jack's began in 2005 after the founders spent a week in Hawaii engaging in fun-filled adventure tours. They knew that similar tours should be provided in Santa Barbara County. Owned by two Santa Barbara natives, Captain Jack's offers wine…


Paddle Sports Center

Explore the Santa Barbara Waterfront and get to paddle with Sea Lions and Dolphins! Paddle Sports Center is your gateway to ocean fun in SB and we have you covered with kayaks, paddleboards, surfboards, and boogies. We offer guided experiences…



Surf Happens Premier Surf School

Surf Happens is Santa Barbara’s premier surf school – this is our profession and our passion. We are a community-based business dedicated to sharing the spirit of Aloha and the lifestyle of surfing with people of all ages and…



Channel Islands Expeditions

The Channel Islands are one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet, and Channel Islands Expeditions has you covered above the water, below the water, and beyond your expectations. Offering Sea cave kayaking trips into the largest…


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