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Santa Barbara Harbor

132 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2363
+1 805-897-1962
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The Santa Barbara Waterfront is a gem within the City of Santa Barbara. Visitors can stroll from beach to beach by foot or bike, park in convenient waterfront parking lots, and experience Santa Barbara Harbor & Stearns Wharf. From boating excursions to standup paddle boarding, day fishing to excellent museums, fabulous restaurants to sweets, you can find everything you need to spend the day at the our waterfront. Managed by the City's Waterfront Department, our mission is to provide the community with a quality Waterfront for recreation and commercial use, along with mooring and landside services for boating. Approximately 252 acres of tidelands and submerged lands is managed by the Department. The area encompasses the Harbor and Stearns Wharf and the beaches within the city limits. These lands belong to the State and are held in trust by the City in order to provide preventative maintenance, capital improvements, parking services, staffing, public safety, slip and visitor boat services, special events, public education and more. For those visiting by cruise ship, Santa Barbara is a wonderful day trip destination. Cruise Ship Ambassadors welcome passengers and provide a wide variety of free information on all there is to do and see during your visit. There is also public transportation via MTD Downtown and Waterfront Shuttles along with access to taxis. Check out Visit Santa Barbara or Downtown Santa Barbara's websites for information to help you plan the best experience while visiting Santa Barbara.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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132 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2363
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"arts and crafts"
in 16 reviews
"beautiful waterfront"
in 8 reviews
"brophy brothers"
in 6 reviews
"great place to walk"
in 11 reviews
"maritime museum"
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"stearns wharf"
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"state street"
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"nice walk"
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"sunny day"
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"homeless people"
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"shops and restaurants"
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"boats"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The 4th of July is coming right up, and that means the Santa Barbara Harbor! There will be lots of activities during the day, lots of people all along all the beaches and around the harbor area, and then at around 9 p.m. or so,...More

Thank HappyTrails12345
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take a leisurely stroll around the harbor with spectacular views of the Santa Barbara city skyline and Stearns Wharf in the distance. A water taxi (Lil Toot) runs from the harbor to the wharf and back. A variety of boat tours are also available.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great area to stroll and get something to eat, look at the working and pleasure boats, watch the sealife. Make sure you go out on the breakwater for a nice view of Santa Barbara.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to enjoy the views of santa barbara. Be a great place to grab a boat and head out to the harbour. Take your friends and go here.

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Reviewed May 17, 2018

A great little harbour on a beautiful piece of the coast. There are some nice restaurants in the harbour and of course some nice boats at the slips. Beautiful beach just down the road. There were also a lot of pelicans in the area! Because...More

Thank trainfan2000
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Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful waterfront with a backdrop of tall palm trees and hills all around. A nice wooden pier with a few restaurants on too, including a wine bar which is part of the Urban Wine Trail

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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

This is a great spot to eat (lots of food choices) or just stroll along the breakwater. There’s also a small maritime museum here to check out and some souvenir shops but the scenic walk along the breakwater is why I come. We were able...More

1  Thank Caroline L
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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

Blackbird, Moby Dick, Goat Tree, State Street Coffee, Chuck’s steakhouse and a beach front restaurant on the corner by the pier can’t remember the name but has 2 levels with bar and outdoor roof patio ( heaters for cool nights)

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Probabiy highlight of a trip to santa barbara is the harbour and pier with its little cafes and shops and amazing views of water and sealife and backdrop od santa ynes mountains breathtaking

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Reviewed April 2, 2018

This is a great place to walk! If you love boats you can see every thing from working crab boats to Yachts!!

Thank DonHalazon
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scottgbfan51
January 26, 2017|
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Response from Dominique S | Property representative |
Thank you very much for reaching out and for taking this special trip to Santa Barbara. We would be happy to help with ideas for your visit! There are many hotels at a variety of styles and price ranges right along Cabrillo... More
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mruggier0
March 29, 2015|
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Response from Dominique S | Property representative |
Hello, I'd love to help you plan your day off of the cruise ship in Santa Barbara. When you disembark the ship's tenders, you will be right in between our Wharf and Harbor. Both are a half-mile walk away. There is ice cream... More
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