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Area Overview

Santa Barbara Harbor is one of the most picturesque boating locations in Southern California. Built in 1929, this 1139-slip harbor has become a popular destination for recreational boaters, fishermen and tourists alike. Here you will find world-class yachts, commercial fishing boats and pleasure craft side-by-side. The harbor, Stearns Wharf and nearby State Street provide visitors with a wide variety of services and recreational activities including fine restaurants, wine tasting, gift shops, whale watching, cruises and marine supplies, just to name a few.

Be sure to walk along Santa Barbara’s scenic waterfront to Stearns Wharf, a short distance from the harbor. Built in 1872, it is California’s oldest working wooden wharf and offers spectacular views of the famous “Santa Barbara Riviera.” Extending inland from the wharf is State Street. Within easy walking distance, this area is renowned for its shopping and nightlife, and is also home to several historic sites.

Berthing Information

Santa Barbara Harbor provides monthly berthing for approximately 1,100 vessels. Additionally, the harbor offers guest berthing for vessels 20’ to 170’ in length. Information provided here is intended to acquaint you with harbor facilities and policies. If you have further questions, please contact the Waterfront Administration Office at 805-564-5531. VHF Channels 16 and 12 are monitored seven days a week, 24 hours a day. A Harbor Patrol Officer is always on duty.

Monthly Berthing

Currently Santa Barbara Harbor slips are fully occupied and our slip permit waiting lists are closed to new applicants. However, we do have a slip permit transfer policy. Under this policy, when a boat is purchased the slip permit may be transferred to the buyer. Please call the Waterfront Department Administration Office for slip permit transfer details.

Visitor Berthing

Visitor berthing is on a first-come, first-served basis depending on availability; reservations are not accepted. To obtain a guest slip, visiting vessels should dock at the Harbor Patrol Accommodation Dock at the west end of the harbor, located in front of the Harbor Patrol Office. The Harbor Patrol Office is upstairs and we will issue guest slips upon arrival. Vessel registration or documentation is required when registering for a visitor slip. It is unlawful to tie-up anywhere in the harbor without permission from Harbor Patrol. Visitor fees are payable in advance and based on the overall length of your boat. Check out time is noon. Visitor slips may be renewed by contacting the Harbor Patrol office in person. Delinquency fees are charged for late payments and administrative fees may be levied for occupying a slip without registering. Occasionally, the marina may not be able to accommodate your vessel. An open anchorage area is available east of Stearns Wharf.

Visitor Berth Rate

Recreational Vessels

  • $.90/linear foot/day base rate for the first 14 cumulative days
  • Rate doubles after 14 cumulative days
  • Maximum stay of 28 cumulative days
  • Minimum leave time 5 consecutive days to restore base rate
  • No refunds

Commercial Fishing Vessels

  • $.70/linear foot/day
  • Two current California Department of Fish and Wildlife fish landing receipts every two weeks
  • Reverts to recreational vessel rate if not actively fishing

Gate Keys

Marina gate, restroom and shower keys are available for purchase by visiting boaters. Keys are active during your stay only and may be re-activated upon your next visit.

Electricity / Water

Electricity and water are included with visitor fees in most slips. Electricity is 110 volts, 30-amp in most slips. Certain larger slips and end ties have 220 volts, 50-amp service. Marine grade twist lock cords required.

General Information

  • 5 MPH maximum speed limit/no wake
  • Fuel dock hours are 7:00AM – 6:00PM daily
  • Pump-a-head facilities are available at the fuel dock and two locations in Marina One.
  • Pets must be confined aboard your boat. Dogs must be leashed when walking to and from your boat.
  • Barbecues are not permitted on marina docks or piers
  • Alcoholic beverages are permitted on marina docks, but prohibited on public sidewalks.
  • Automatic shut-off nozzles and buckets are required when washing off your boat. Please use fresh water wisely and do not use non-biodegradable detergents or other solvents.
  • Observe best management practices during in-water maintenance activities and avoid letting pollutants reach the water.
  • All vessel berthed in Santa Barbara harbor must be operable as defined in Title 17 of the Santa Barbara Municipal Code.
  • For restaurant locations, laundry, grocery stores, etc. please stop at the Harbor Patrol office for directions.
Last Updated: May 8, 2013