West Beach, Santa Barbara Tours & Activities

West Beach, Santa Barbara: Our most recommended tours and activities

Santa Barbara: Electric Bike City Tour

1. Santa Barbara: Electric Bike City Tour

Discover the best bike routes, historical landmarks, and viewpoints of Santa Barbara on an electric bike with an expert guide. Choose between a customizable private tour or a shared group tour where a route is decided by your guide. Start with an easy stroll along the scenic Cabrillo bike path and quickly venture into the artsy area of Santa Barbara. Check out the delicious wine and dine culture of this area. Let your tour guide show you the must-see historic buildings in the heart of downtown. As you bike through downtown, enjoy a safe and spacious bike ride up and down the energetic State Street Promenade allocated for bike and pedestrian traffic only. After downtown, your guide might have a few secret gems that he or she will show you before heading back along the waterfront. The finale of this tour will take you through the bike path that winds through the Santa Barbara Harbor and along the boardwalk back to the bike shop.

Santa Barbara: City & Sand Electric Bike Tour

2. Santa Barbara: City & Sand Electric Bike Tour

Start with an easy ride along the scenic Cabrillo Bike Path, then explore the artsy funk zone of Santa Barbara. After learning a little bit about the wining and dining options of the funk zone, see some of the historic buildings in the heart of downtown. Enjoy a safe and spacious bike ride up and down lively State Street Promenade, which is reserved for bike and pedestrian traffic only. Get insider info and hear of some hidden gems from your expert guide, before heading to the beach. Ride onto the sand at Santa Barbara's Harbor and pass alongside the waves and palm trees as you glide from the beach to beach along the waterfront. Discover Butterfly Beach, Secret Beach, and Miramar Beach in the ritzy town of Montecito. End the tour with a final stop outside at the 5-star Rosewood Miramar Hotel, with a stunning view of the beaches directly on the sand.

Santa Barbara: 1.5-Hour Harbor Kayak Tour

3. Santa Barbara: 1.5-Hour Harbor Kayak Tour

Launch from the sand of Santa Barbara’s West Beach and follow your guide along Santa Barbara’s famous surf spot, the Sandspit. Admire panoramic views of the Waterfront, Santa Ynez Mountains, the Channel Islands, the Riviera, Stearns Wharf, and more. Paddle through the calm waters of Santa Barbara's harbor and enjoy views of sailboats, yachts, and fishing vessels. Learn valuable insight from your guide into the local landscape, topography, wildlife, and history of the harbor, as well as the best places to enjoy a fresh-caught meal.

Santa Barbara: Stand-up Paddle Board Rental

4. Santa Barbara: Stand-up Paddle Board Rental

Make your way to the beach rental stand located at West Beach located between Stearn's Wharf and Santa Barbara Harbor. Upon arrival, get equipped with all the gear required, as well as a safety briefing before you set off. With plenty of advice from the team on where to go and what to see, start discovering the beautiful coastline at your leisure. See various points of interest within the harbor and the areas around Stearn's Wharf. Search for marine life, with sightings of sea lions, seals, and dolphins common in the area.

West Beach: Kayak Rental

5. West Beach: Kayak Rental

Rent a kayak and set off from West Beach for a one or two-hour adventure. At the rental stand, everything will be ready for you to get out on the water. The kayaks can fit two people or be adapted to accommodate solo paddlers. Enter the water with ease, as there are no waves in the area. Reach the open ocean within minutes and explore the south coast of Santa Barbara, where the buoys may be surrounded by seals. Look out for sea lions and other wildlife that might be curious enough to cruise into the harbor.

Santa Barbara: Self-Guided Walk with App-Based Audio Guide

6. Santa Barbara: Self-Guided Walk with App-Based Audio Guide

Take an idyllic walk through Santa Barbara with a GPS-based app as an audio guide. Walk the route at your own pace, and stop by sights including El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, West Beach, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Start on the corner of Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden and Alameda Park, where you’ll learn about Santa Barbara’s earliest roots, including the Chumash Natives who lived there more than 9,000 years ago. Discover one of the city’s most important historical sites, the El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, before walking the city’s Urban Wine Trail. Soak in the fresh air along West Beach, and learn how the Funk Zone got its name. Stop by spots significant during prohibition, and take in some of Downtown’s most iconic landmarks including Hotel Californian, Lobero Theatre, Hotel Santa Barbara, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Gaze at one of the city’s oldest structures, the Covarrubias Adobe. As you wind your way across State Street to Stearns Wharf where the walk ends, hear about the disastrous 1925 earthquake that destroyed the area, and the preservation efforts in place in the Downtown district.

Santa Barbara: Guided Tour on electric bikes (private)

7. Santa Barbara: Guided Tour on electric bikes (private)

A private tour like this can be customized if desired. We normally see these sights: Bird refuge and wave to the giraffes at the zoo Beautiful Butterfly Beach in the town of Montecito Cruise the waterfront on the Cabrillo bike path Check out historic Stearns Wharf and the dolphin fountain Look at the city from a lookout point above the harbor See the biggest fig tree in America Find our what's funky in the "Funk Zone" Cruise up the State Street Promenade (blocked off from cars) See a 360 degree view of downtown from the Courthouse tower See the beautiful Old Mission and Rose Garden Admire the unique Arlington Theatre and compare to the towering Granada Theatre

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West Beach, Santa Barbara: Our most recommended tours and activities

Santa Barbara: Electric Bike City Tour

Santa Barbara: Electric Bike City Tour

Discover the best bike routes, historical landmarks, and viewpoints of Santa Barbara on an electric bike with an expert guide. Choose between a customizable private tour or a shared group tour where a route is decided by your guide. Start with an easy stroll along the scenic Cabrillo bike path and quickly venture into the artsy area of Santa Barbara. Check out the delicious wine and dine culture of this area. Let your tour guide show you the must-see historic buildings in the heart of downtown. As you bike through downtown, enjoy a safe and spacious bike ride up and down the energetic State Street Promenade allocated for bike and pedestrian traffic only. After downtown, your guide might have a few secret gems that he or she will show you before heading back along the waterfront. The finale of this tour will take you through the bike path that winds through the Santa Barbara Harbor and along the boardwalk back to the bike shop.

Santa Barbara: City & Sand Electric Bike Tour

Santa Barbara: City & Sand Electric Bike Tour

Start with an easy ride along the scenic Cabrillo Bike Path, then explore the artsy funk zone of Santa Barbara. After learning a little bit about the wining and dining options of the funk zone, see some of the historic buildings in the heart of downtown. Enjoy a safe and spacious bike ride up and down lively State Street Promenade, which is reserved for bike and pedestrian traffic only. Get insider info and hear of some hidden gems from your expert guide, before heading to the beach. Ride onto the sand at Santa Barbara's Harbor and pass alongside the waves and palm trees as you glide from the beach to beach along the waterfront. Discover Butterfly Beach, Secret Beach, and Miramar Beach in the ritzy town of Montecito. End the tour with a final stop outside at the 5-star Rosewood Miramar Hotel, with a stunning view of the beaches directly on the sand.

Santa Barbara: 1.5-Hour Harbor Kayak Tour

Santa Barbara: 1.5-Hour Harbor Kayak Tour

Launch from the sand of Santa Barbara’s West Beach and follow your guide along Santa Barbara’s famous surf spot, the Sandspit. Admire panoramic views of the Waterfront, Santa Ynez Mountains, the Channel Islands, the Riviera, Stearns Wharf, and more. Paddle through the calm waters of Santa Barbara's harbor and enjoy views of sailboats, yachts, and fishing vessels. Learn valuable insight from your guide into the local landscape, topography, wildlife, and history of the harbor, as well as the best places to enjoy a fresh-caught meal.

Santa Barbara: Stand-up Paddle Board Rental

Santa Barbara: Stand-up Paddle Board Rental

Make your way to the beach rental stand located at West Beach located between Stearn's Wharf and Santa Barbara Harbor. Upon arrival, get equipped with all the gear required, as well as a safety briefing before you set off. With plenty of advice from the team on where to go and what to see, start discovering the beautiful coastline at your leisure. See various points of interest within the harbor and the areas around Stearn's Wharf. Search for marine life, with sightings of sea lions, seals, and dolphins common in the area.

West Beach: Kayak Rental

West Beach: Kayak Rental

Rent a kayak and set off from West Beach for a one or two-hour adventure. At the rental stand, everything will be ready for you to get out on the water. The kayaks can fit two people or be adapted to accommodate solo paddlers. Enter the water with ease, as there are no waves in the area. Reach the open ocean within minutes and explore the south coast of Santa Barbara, where the buoys may be surrounded by seals. Look out for sea lions and other wildlife that might be curious enough to cruise into the harbor.

Santa Barbara: Self-Guided Walk with App-Based Audio Guide

Santa Barbara: Self-Guided Walk with App-Based Audio Guide

Take an idyllic walk through Santa Barbara with a GPS-based app as an audio guide. Walk the route at your own pace, and stop by sights including El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, West Beach, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Start on the corner of Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden and Alameda Park, where you’ll learn about Santa Barbara’s earliest roots, including the Chumash Natives who lived there more than 9,000 years ago. Discover one of the city’s most important historical sites, the El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, before walking the city’s Urban Wine Trail. Soak in the fresh air along West Beach, and learn how the Funk Zone got its name. Stop by spots significant during prohibition, and take in some of Downtown’s most iconic landmarks including Hotel Californian, Lobero Theatre, Hotel Santa Barbara, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Gaze at one of the city’s oldest structures, the Covarrubias Adobe. As you wind your way across State Street to Stearns Wharf where the walk ends, hear about the disastrous 1925 earthquake that destroyed the area, and the preservation efforts in place in the Downtown district.

Santa Barbara: Guided Tour on electric bikes (private)

Santa Barbara: Guided Tour on electric bikes (private)

A private tour like this can be customized if desired. We normally see these sights: Bird refuge and wave to the giraffes at the zoo Beautiful Butterfly Beach in the town of Montecito Cruise the waterfront on the Cabrillo bike path Check out historic Stearns Wharf and the dolphin fountain Look at the city from a lookout point above the harbor See the biggest fig tree in America Find our what's funky in the "Funk Zone" Cruise up the State Street Promenade (blocked off from cars) See a 360 degree view of downtown from the Courthouse tower See the beautiful Old Mission and Rose Garden Admire the unique Arlington Theatre and compare to the towering Granada Theatre

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5.0
(9 reviews)

Delightful, entertaining, scenic and fun. Dale showed us so many cute places and restaurants, we had a hard time deciding on dinner. For our sisters trip, it was the best decision for our 1st day to get aay of the land.

Great tour! We saw a lot of the beach area & city. The bikes were easy to maneuver. Sergio was awesome! Very enjoyable experience!

Fantastic! Mike did wonderful job of showing us parts of the city and biking along the beach. Really enjoyed the trip!

Best bike tour. Our guide Sergio was fantastic. The electric bikes were amazing. 100% recommend.

Colin was a knowledgeable tour guide and it was a wonderful experience