Hotel Milo and surrounding Santa Barbara offer endless ways to enjoy year-round sunshine and the nearby ocean. One foolproof option is to eat overlooking the marina at Stearns Wharf. For a more adventurous time, take a crack at one of these fun watersports in Santa Barbara:


An excellent excursion for solo travelers, couples and families alike, kayaking is a peaceful-yet-rigorous way to enjoy the open sea. We recommend taking a day trip to the Channel Islands to paddle around the magnificent sea caves there.


Make the most of your vacation by getting down with the classic surf culture of Southern California. World class waves roll through El Capitan State Beach and Big Drakes for experienced riders while Driftwoods and Campus Point have mellower swells for newcomers. Need some extra tips? Try a two-hour surf lesson with Santa Barbara Adventure Company.

Stand Up Paddle Board

This trendy watersport is all the rage in beach towns around the world. Stand up paddle boards are an easy way to ride the water, and they create an incomparable sense of serenity for paddlers and standing atop the board as it gently glides along the water’s surface. Those who want to take it a step further can try stand up paddle board yoga with Santa Barbara Fitness Tours and Hotel Milo.


Sailing in Santa Barbara is a can’t-fail way to enjoy the coast and explore nearby Channel Islands National Park. Seasoned sailors can rent a variety of boats from the Santa Barbara Sailing Center, which also offers lessons and chartered outings.