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About Paddle Sports Center
The Paddle Sports Center is Santa Barbara's premier Kayak | SUP | Surf rental, membership, instruction, and tour center. Explore the Santa Barbara waterfront & view sea birds, sea lions, seals, dolphins, and even whales! We provide instruction and comfortable/quality gear. Our rental rates are the best in town and our local guides are extremely knowledgable about the area. We have been serving the local community for over 25 years, and we guarantee that you will have an enjoyable experience.
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Santa Barbara Wildlife & History Kayaking Tour

Explore California’s gorgeous coast on a scenic kayak tour. With a knowledgeable, experienced guide leading the way, bring the whole family and navigate Santa Barbara’s picturesque waterfront. Learn about the region's history and wildlife, admire the rugged coastal mountains, and watch for pelicans and egrets, dolphins and sea lions. You may even see a family of gray whales on its annual migration.
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2 hours
from $60.00

Stand-Up Paddle Board Rental

Get outside and breathe in the fresh sea air while exploring Santa Barbara Harbor - on a paddle board! Stand-Up Paddle Boards (SUPs) are a great way to see the stunning Santa Barbara scenery and wildlife, offering an unrivaled vantage from which to view the surrounding mountains and Channel Islands National Park. And forget queuing - save time with exclusive skip-the-line access.
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1 hour
from $25.00

Learn to Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP)

Make like a local and learn what's SUP by getting among one of the newest crazes in water sports. Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, also known as SUP-ing, is great for fitness, and Santa Barbara Beach offers ideal conditions for beginners and advanced paddlers alike. Paddlers typically see a range of local wildlife, from sea birds and seals, to dolphins and the occasional whale.
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2 hours
from $95.00

Kayak Rental

Renting a kayak in Santa Barbara is a fun and active way to explore the harbor without the hassle of bringing your own gear. This rental package includes a high-quality kayak, paddle, and life jacket, plus the option to rent a wetsuit. Though you’re free to explore anywhere you’d like around the harbor, your guide suggests a route for optimized wildlife sightings.
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1 hour
from $15.00
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Resort279309 wrote a review Jul 2020
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The website touts this tour as a journey through history with knowledgeable guides. While the guides provided a few tips on how to kayak and were very nice, no information about the region or sea life was shared. If asked a specific question, one of the guides would answer but
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Kayleen E wrote a review Jul 2020
Florence, Italy1 contribution
We had an amazing sunset tour. Taylor was our guide and was extremely personable and knowledgeable. We took our 11 year old son out and he was so excited to be on the water and to see all of the birds and sea animals. We loved learning the history as we paddled along in our
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Date of experience: July 2020
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lizreyz wrote a review Jul 2020
Bakersfield, California1 contribution
My husband and I were so clueless on how to kayak but it seemed like something super fun to do. As soon as we arrived we were warmly greeted. In the water the tour guides were amazing as teaching us and giving the tour. They made us feel good about our learning process and at
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Date of experience: July 2020
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LauraASB wrote a review Mar 2020
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First lesson for stand up paddle and the team was friendly and welcoming! Learned important techniques to get started. Definitely going back for additional lessons. Great rentals as well. I highly recommend Fraser and his team. Awesome experience! Great way to enjoy SB for
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Date of experience: March 2020
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swamypsu1 wrote a review Feb 2020
Chicago, Illinois4 contributions2 helpful votes
Very nice nature experience. Our guide Adam was superb. He gave good tips on kayaking and kept us engaged the whole time. We saw large pelicans, harbor seals and sea lions. It was a comfortable and smooth experience.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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