Sitting right on the Pacific coast in sunny Southern California, one of Santa Barbara’s most sought-after attractions is the water. Everyone should ride the wind and the waves at least once during their visit, and here are options for experienced and aspiring sailors, as well as leisurely riders.


If you’ve spent time on the water and know your way around a schooner, then you’re bound to love cruising around the Santa Barbara Channel and nearby Channel Islands National Park. Aside from generally strong wind and gorgeous views of the coast, lined by the Santa Ynez Mountains, one can rent a variety of boats from the Santa Barbara Sailing Center including a Capri 22’, J-24’, Boston Whalers of all sizes and more.

They also dole out kayaks, rowing sculls, and stand up paddle boards.

Aspiring Sailors

The Santa Barbara Sailing Center’s Professional Sailing School, the reigning American Sailing Association School of the Year, extends the organization’s services to novice seamen. They offer a variety of packages including semi private liveboard instructional vacations, where students live aboard a Catalina Yacht for a short time, and weekend group introductory lessons, which are perfect for short-term visitors.

Leisurely Passengers

If you’re really not interested in the act of sailing, but would still love to spend a day on the water, there’s still plenty of opportunity to get out with the Santa Barbara Sailing Center. From coastal and sunset sails to private charters to corporate regattas, they offer luxury, simplicity, and more. To learn more about the various offerings from the prolific Santa Barbara Sailing Center, check out their website here.