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Best Outdoor Activities in Santa Barbara

Located just off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura, Channel Island National Park is a mesmerizing destination that awaits you. A dream come true for nature and marine lovers. Relish your experience by kayaking through the channel island caves as you are able to explore the Pacific Ocean’s wildlife and more! Channel Island Snorkeling flourishes with a diverse marine life. See the underwater life of various species of fish, kelp forests, crabs, lobsters, and seals! Your adventure awaits you!

Condor Express offers a year-round whale watching experience along the coast of Southern California, which includes the Santa Barbara Channel! This experience allows people to see dolphins, Humpbacks whales, Blue whales, Gray whales, and Minke whales! Don’t miss out on this exciting adventure when you are visiting Santa Barbara!

Camp at the beach for a beach oasis experience as you sleep under the stars in Santa Barbara. It is first come first serve so make sure to make a beach day out of it as you claim your perfect spot to camp right by the ocean!

Learn to hang glide at Fly Away Hang Gliding where you can soar over the 200-foot-high training hills with an experienced trainer. The weather is perfect year-round in Santa Barbara for flying conditions, so you don’t want to miss out on this unique experience!

Santa Barbara Fishouse is a family-owned operation located on the waterfront where they are able to get some of the central coast’s most pristine seafood for you to enjoy!

Finney’s Crafthouse and Kitchen is a locally owned restaurant that brings an upscale American cuisine to casual dining. You will feel right at home when you are dining at Finney’s with its outdoor patio where dogs are welcome. It is open for lunch and dinner, with Monday-Friday happy hour specials.

La Paloma Café indulges its food with history by honoring their menu with Californio dishes! ‘Californios’ are the early Californian settlers who blended Spanish and Mexican into indigenous elements that are cooked over fire. Enjoy the most authentic and flavorful recipes of traditions stemming from Santa Maria and Baja, Mexico at La Paloma Café!