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Santa Barbara Waterfront

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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132 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2363
+1 805-897-1962
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed walking along the waterfront at all times of the day. Lots to see, plenty of people watching. Loved watching the skateboarders at the park! It gets busier throughout the day, so we enjoyed visiting earlier in the day. Parts of the beach are...More

Thank Travellover6128
Reviewed 1 week ago

The sand is nice and it is clean but there is little wave action because it is a harbor, which makes it not seem like a beach.

Thank SoonerSteve
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great view of the fireworks on the 4th, an excellent display which was well timed and kept us entertained without waiting between displays.

Thank dorisp2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Santa Barbara beach is nice and has ample opportunity to enjoy the boat /cruise rides .One can walk along the waterfront and go to the end of the pier. One the pier one can see lot of people fishing and having a catch. The...More

Thank Mansi_Vij
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The views from the waterfront are great and you can relax on the beach, eat at some of the really good looking restaurants or just take it all in and watch the world go by. lovely place.

Thank jmckavoy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was lucky enough to travel to Santa Barbara during UCSB spring break, so when I went on my morning beach walks, I practically had the beach to myself! It was WONDERFUL! Can't expect that all year round, but it was sure great when I...More

Thank Rebecca W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A santa Barbara must! A pleasant very pretty place, the a bikes for rent, and these very neat 4 person bikes...

Thank MikeinMalibu
Reviewed June 13, 2017 via mobile

This is a must see take a stroll along the broadwalk and people watch, There's places to eat or just get a snack and sit in the sun. Very accessible but be careful as cars drive up and down the broadwalk for lunch time revelers....More

Thank Edward J
Reviewed June 9, 2017 via mobile

The harbor area of the waterfront is nothing more than some restaurants and boat shops/dealers. The harbor has some cool sights, but there are no shops and overall it's extremely boring. Suggest going to Stearn's Wharf if you want some tourist shops as well as...More

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DSamario, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2017

We're sorry to hear you didn't find enough to enjoy at Santa Barbara Harbor. There are 4+ general shops with great souvenir and water gear options, as well as a Maritime Museum, free Channel Islands information center and overlook of the city. There are also...More

Reviewed May 29, 2017

Was very enjoyable. Arts and Crafts festival going on, people on the beach and just walking the trails. Beautiful landscaping and great views.

Thank gcamp13
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January 26, 2017|
Response from DSamario | 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
March 29, 2015|
Response from DSamario | 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