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  • About Stearns Wharf
    Historic Stearns Wharf is California's oldest working wharf dating back to 1872. The famous Dolphin Fountain, sculpted by local artist Bud Bottoms, marks the start of the wharf and welcomes visitors from around the globe. Steadfast wooden timbers support the wharf above the blue Pacific Ocean.
  • Charter Services
    Santa Barbara Harbor is the home to many boat charters ready to satisfy the adventurous side in anyone. Here's your chance to fish, sail, powerboat or catamaran; or take a leisurely cruise whether a coastal, harbor, Channel Islands, sunset dinner or whale watching; Cruise to the islands and take lessons for kayaking, diving and sailing. There’s something for everyone.
  • City Beaches
    The southern border of the City contains four miles of beaches including East Beach, West Beach, Leadbetter, Shoreline Park, and the beach in the Mesa neighborhood accessed by Mesa Lane and Thousand Steps (end of Santa Cruz Boulevard).
  • City Parks
    City Parks has a new online map tool for planning your next parks adventure. Visit the City's Interactive Parks Map for site planning more parks information.
  • Dining at the Harbor
    The Waterfront is the place to satisfy all culinary tastes. Stearns Wharf offers world-class restaurants, a wine-tasting room, a candy store, and an ice cream shop for dessert. Likewise, the Harbor offers world-class restaurants, outside sushi and goumet dishes, and several open seating bars with scenic views overlooking the Harbor.
  • Museums
    The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is located in the Santa Barbara Waterfront Center, while the Ty Warner Sea Center sits on the seaward finger of Stearns Wharf.
  • Rentals
  • Sailing Clubs & Boating Instruction
    Need gear? Near the Santa Barbara Waterfront, rental companies offer resources for snorkeling, bicycling, in-line skating, dive gear, kayaking, surfboards, SUPs, jet skis, and sailboats.
  • Shopping
  • Things to Do
    There is something for everyone at the Santa Barbara Waterfront: biking, diving, fishing, fortune telling, kayaking, parasailing, in-line skating, sailing, skating, surfing, swimming, volleyball, walking, whale watching, windsurfing, & more.
  • Yacht Club
    The Santa Barbara Yacht Club sponsors a Santa Barbara Sailing Club Race Program which brings approximately 300 yachts and up to 5,000 visitor to the area annually. Located along the famous Santa Barbara Breakwater, the yacht club is the official starting point of the Annual Parade of Lights each December.
Last Updated: Jul 12, 2013