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Sail Away in Santa Barbara

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Dive in and explore all the amazing outdoor things to do in Santa Barbara. Our climate boasts 300 days of sunshine every year—making it ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. The beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains offer countless hiking and biking trails complete with panoramic views of the Pacific. If you’re seeking adventure on the water, look no further than Kimpton Canary. We have it all to enjoy - kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, surfing, whale watching and more.

Want to try something memorable and unique? Horseback riding is one of the best ways to discover Santa Barbara’s picturesque landscape. Saddle up and choose between relaxing beach rides at sunset to breathtaking strolls through the vineyards.

Santa Barbara's Famous Beach Town Escapades!

With a rich history dating back to the Chumash Native American tribes, Santa Barbara emerged as a Spanish colonial outpost in the late 18th century. Iconic sites include the historic Mission Santa Barbara, charming State Street, and the beautiful beaches along the coastline.

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Sailing is a popular and loved activity in Santa Barbara. Learn the basics with a local instructor or relax on a guided tour for a romantic date along the coastline.

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Whale Watching

Grab a front row view to Santa Barbara’s rich and diverse marine life – one of the best whale watching spots on the west coast. One of the best whale watching spots on the west coast.

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Paddle along the Santa Barbara harbor through calm waters surrounding Stearns Wharf. Have a blast renting your own kayak or join a guided tour.

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Surfing + SUP

It wouldn’t be quintessential California without surfing. The surf in Santa Barbara offers something for every skill level to enjoy. If you’re looking for a more relaxed alternative, try stand up paddle boarding, or SUP.

Parks + Gardens

Wander through Mother Nature near Kimpton Canary. Explore the iconic Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - spanning 78 acres and home to over 1,000 native plants.

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Horseback Riding

Elevate your getaway with a scenic horseback ride through Santa Barbara’s beautiful terrain.

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Choose your perfect hiking adventure in Santa Barbara. There’s endless options from oceanfront trails to scenic mountain bluffs.

  • Inspiration Point
  • Nojoqui Falls
  • Hot Springs Canyon Trail
  • Romero Canyon Trail
  • Seven Falls Trail
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You don’t even need a car in Santa Barbara, just grab a bike and go anywhere! Santa Barbara BCycle LLC offers bike share system so you can easily cruise through downtown.

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Set Your Tee Time

The American Riviera® is home to some of the most amazing golf courses in the county. From rolling hills to crashing waves, your golf experience in Santa Barbara is sure to be unforgettable.

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