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Address: 125 Harbor Way #13, In front of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2352
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+1 805-962-8222
08:00 - 18:15
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Since 1987, Sunset Kidd's offers Sailing Cruises along the Beautiful Santa...

Since 1987, Sunset Kidd's offers Sailing Cruises along the Beautiful Santa Barbara Coastline. Based upon a love of sailing, this is not a typical tourist ride! We turn the engine off and showcase our love for the sport. Yes, it's wind in the sails and water lapping up against the boat... that's what we offer. This is NOT a narrated "tourist" type of ride, where the engine stays on! If you're a sailor, then we invite you to participate in the handling of our beautiful 41 foot sailing ketch. Our thoughts: People come to Santa Barbara to get away from the crowds... so we are thinking about heading out onto the Pacific Ocean... packing 49 passengers or more on a sailboat is like.... STAYING IN LOS ANGELES! Sunset Kidd's maximum passenger load is only 15 passengers.

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Great whale watching trip.

Our captain and crew were awesome. They worked hard to make sure we saw lots of whales and dolphins. It was relaxing and beautiful. I highly recommend this company.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Our captain and crew were awesome. They worked hard to make sure we saw lots of whales and dolphins. It was relaxing and beautiful. I highly recommend this company.

Thank utcyn
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Sunset Kidd is a lovely sailing trip right out of Santa Barbara harbour. They provide a good value 2 hour sailing outing in a low key comfortable environment. Highly recommend. It gets you out in the bay and you see the beautiful shoreline and some marine life.

Thank Michele D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This was a lovely thing to do - a beautifully relaxed trip out into the bay to watch the sunset over Santa Barbara. We had a bottle of wine from the boat's well-stocked, and well-selected, bar, and a lovely time chatting to the crew and other guests. The captain, Alyssa, is wonderfully engaging and friendly, and it all made for... More 

Thank Keith B
Waldwick, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Decided to take A sailboat ride on the American Riviera. Although it was s beautiful day a lot colder when the wind blew out in the open. For some unknown reason we declined the blanket they offered after we got splashed good. The 1st mate took some pics of us so we could be in them together. It was beautiful... More 

Thank D C
Monmouth Beach, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Had a great time on a Sunset Kidd sunset sail. The night we went was a full moon, so had an even more special experience. The captain (female!) and her first mate were great - very knowledgeable and personable. They have a cash bar and will serve you drinks, which makes the trip even more fun. Beautiful sunset and sites!

Thank GMM0
Surprise, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The cloudless sky, gentle breezes, full moon and some great Santa Barbara wines made this 1.5 hour sail very enjoyable. Dennis, introduced us to some wonderful wines as we sailed along loving the moon and night lights on the wharf, harbor and coastline. I would highly recommend this sailing company to anyone. The wine cruises would be best enjoyed by... More 

Thank phxwilsons
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

The ocean was chill, the dolphin playful, the custom built ketch comfortable and capable and the cerveza cold. Captain and deck crew delivered informative, impeccable and friendly service. We will be back to sail again, highly reccomended.

Thank Monterey_Bay_Sailing
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We were down on the waterfront exploring when we came across Sunset Kidd sailing cruise. On a whim we went out with them and had a great sail. The staff were super friendly and accommodating to all the guests. They took us out for a two hour sail and we saw a group of dolphins who came by for a... More 

Thank BajanFan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

As a local, I can confidently say that the Sunset Kidd is one of the best yachts for sailing and whale watching excursions in Santa Barbara. They (the crew) were friendly, courteous and experienced, and the customer service provided at the main office is exceptional. The "barefooted" crew, is a nickname that I playfully gave to the captain and first... More 

Thank Melissa W
Los Altos, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We went on the 1.5 hour sunset cruise and even brought our puppy (he loved the wind on his face)! We all loved every minute of it. Easy, fun, reasonably priced, gorgeous scenery. We were lucky that the dolphins were jumping around us. Highly recommend!

Thank JKBK

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