Recreation: Having Fun in Santa Barbara 

It's the weather. A temperate Mediterranean climate and 300 days of sunshine annually bless this spectacular stretch of California coast just an hour north of Los Angeles. With clean air, unspoiled islands and miles of exquisite beaches, this pristine slice of natural beauty, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the lush landscapes of the Santa Ynez Mountain range, offers a wide range of recreational possibilities. Whale watching, surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, cycling, bouldering, horseback riding, and polo, as well as more traditional sports such as golf or tennis, are but a few of the choices residents and visitors alike enjoy as part of the unsurpassed dynamic lifestyle that is Santa Barbara.


Hendry's Beach
Butterfly Beach
Carpinteria State and City Beaches
East Beach
El Capitan Beach (and State Park)
Gaviota Beach (and State Park)
Goleta Beach
Leadbetter Beach
Refugio Beach (and State Park)
West Beach

Country Clubs

Birnam Wood
Montecito Country Club
The Valley Club
La Cumbre Country Club
Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
Santa Barbara Yacht Club
Tennis Club of Santa Barbara
Glen Annie Golf Club
Santa Barbara Golf Club
Sandpiper Golf Club
River Course at Alisal
Rancho San Marcos


A-Frame Surf
Surfing Santa Barbara
Surfing Santa Barbara

Horseback Riding

The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
El Capitan Ranch
Circle Bar B Stables
Hearts Adaptive Riding Program
McMullen Stables
Amapola Boarding Stables
Santa Barbara Stables
Ocean Point Equestrian Inc.
Raintree Ranch Equestrian


Hidden Oaks Golf Course
La Purisima Golf Course
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course
Sandpiper Golf Club

Boating & Sailing

Santa Barbara Jet Boats
Truth Aquatics
Santa Barbara Sailing Center


Santa Barbara Adventure Company
Captain Jacks Santa Barbara Tours

Whale Watching

Condor Cruises
Santa Barbara Sailing Center


Wheel Fun Rentals
Open Air Bicycles
Santa Barbara Adventure Company
Goleta Valley Cycling Club


Stardust Sportfishing At Sea
Santa Barbara Sport Fishing

Other Options

Eagle Paragliding
Sky Dive Santa Barbara
Channel Island National Marine Sanctuary
Cloud Climbers Jeep & Wine Tours
El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park
Santa Barbara Adventure Company
Santa Barbara Flying Club
Santa Barbara Ski and Sports

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