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Santa Barbara Sailing Center

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Address: 302 West Cabrillo Blvd, At the Santa Barbara Harbor, Next to the Launch Ramp, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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+1 805-962-2826
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00

We are Santa Barbara’s premier destination for on-the-water fun! Learn to...

We are Santa Barbara’s premier destination for on-the-water fun! Learn to sail, charter a sailboat with a captain, rent a variety of sail and power boats or enroll in a Liveaboard Instructional Vacation to the world-famous Channel Islands National Park. We also offer a wide variety of public sailing cruises in which you'll experience an array of marine life as well as spectacular views of the coastline. If you're looking for a little adventure, rent your own kayak or stand-up paddle board or go on your own private excursion with one of our guides. We will see you on the water!

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Sunset Cruise

Booked on for the sunset cruise half an hour before it went. So relaxing and tranquil. The sunset was beautiful and got a special treat of seeing some dolphins coming back in!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Guildford, United Kingdom
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked on for the sunset cruise half an hour before it went. So relaxing and tranquil. The sunset was beautiful and got a special treat of seeing some dolphins coming back in!

Thank adiposey
Omaha, Nebraska
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347 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Some amazingly large boats, sailboats and catamarans owned by celebrities. A clean area and the instructors for sailing were very good. Took a group photo which was very nice.

Thank McFerrid
Santa Barbara
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We loved the sunset sail this week! Beautiful sailing experience. When we have friends visiting from out of town we often take them out. SB sailing center does a great job with the beautiful and spacious boat and friendly staff. We enjoyed local 805 beer and snacks and tunes- so relaxing. Can't wait to return!

Thank nadyeve
Atlanta, Georgia
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27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Save your money. This is an old boat with a disengaged staff. For your ticket you will get to sit on a boat, waiting for the sun to set over land. The staff says and does nothing. Completely boring. And you will not be offered even a pretzel for your investment. These folks should read The Experience Economy to understand... More 

Thank Maggie0203
Santa Barbara, California
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for a unique perspective of the city this is the way to go. The cruises on the Double Dolphin catamaran is so fun, refreshing and beautiful way to end the day. I've been on the sunset cruise many times and never gets old. The sunset really varies throughout the year you really can't go wrong.

Thank DanielleRenee805
northern california
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

This is a very nice, low key cruise. There were about 20 people on the boat. Very informal. The captain gave us a few historical facts about the area. There is a small bar and bathrooms on board. Nothing fancy, just a nice ride. The motor was used much of the time. We saw dolphins too. I would recommend this... More 

Thank travelgalagala
Simi Valley, California
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Our son booked this beautiful cruise for us last weekend. We all enjoyed it every much. The crew was super nice; they had wine for purchase; the crew provided fun facts which were very interesting. I would highly recommend this 2 hour cruise.

Thank 614Abigail
Temecula, California, United States
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81 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

We chose this sunset cruise because they offered a discount for our three college students, it was well worth it! Nice staff and boat.

Thank Linda G
Zurich, Switzerland
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 August 2016

We rented a speedboat (Whaler) with captain for 2 hours. Our captain Colton was great. He took us on a tour up towards Goleta and we saw hundreds of dolphins, some sealions etc. He told us facts about SB and the saline and he let the teenagers drive the boat. A great experience for everyone!

Thank viberg2016
Springfield, Massachusetts
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149 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

We went out last night on this catamaran and it was so lovely. Great music, relaxing sail, drinks and snacks available. Great view of Santa Barbara from the water. Saw some seals on the buoys, which were cute. Plus - the 1 1/2 hours was a perfect length. (It gets pretty chilly - so dress warmly. We were saved by... More 

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