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Kayak the Coast of Santa Barbara
We'll start from Santa Barbara's center - WEST BEACH! Located on the sand across from the Harbor View Inn Hotel. From there you'll get geared up with ocean kayaks, paddles, life vests, and there will be a shed to lock up belongings you prefer not to get soggy. We'll slide the kayaks into the ocean and off we'll be to explore! EACH PARTICIPANT MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM TO JOIN Call us at 805-628-2444 for other options! Most paddles include gliding along the beautiful boats docked in our harbor. From there we'll experience Sandspit, a favorite little beach perfect for catching a tender wave, taking a break, and snapping some photos. Our favorite part is showing you the adorable family of sea lions that sun bathe on a buoy out in the middle of the channel! After saying goodbye to the sea lions we'll navigate along Stearn's Warf taking in the gorgeous riviera landscape all while letting the tide push you gently back to the coast making the return paddle a breeze. Hope to paddle with you soon! Parking is free on the streets around the hotels off of Cabrillo blvd, or, if you don't mind paying there's an easy parking lot at Garden and Cabrillo to the left or south of the pier. This tour is only able to operate with a minimum of 2 tour-goers. If you're a solo traveler and the only one signed up for the tour we'll be in touch with alternate options.
Parasail with dolphins and marine life
YES, WERE STILL OPERATING! We depart from Stearns Wharf on the beautiful Santa Barbara Waterfront. Use code 10OFF at Santa Barbara Parasail online for AirBnb discount As we look for dolphins, whales and other marine life, the colorful parasail will be inflated and you'll get to soar in the beautiful skies of Southern California. CALL Santa Barbara Parasail or visit Santa Barbara Parasail ONLINE FOR SAME DAY or 24 hour availability Depending upon the number of guests, the trip will last no longer than 60 minutes. The actual flight time is between 10-15 minutes, with up to three people in the sky at once -- at 1,000 feet! If you would like to upgrade to the 1,200 ft flight which is longer you can do so upon arrival. We take a maximum of 10 people per trip so that the boat is not crowded. On the excursion you can either stay dry, or get wet. The choice is yours! Check out a video at www.Santabarbaraparasail.co We hope you'll come join us for an awesome experience CALL Santa Barbara Parasail FOR SAME DAY or 24 HR. AVAILABILITY
Electric Bike Tour with a local
Our electric bike tour will take you through the best bike routes, historical highlights, and great viewpoints of Santa Barbara! Our tour has the potential to show most if not all of Santa Barbara’s need-to-see spots. Our Ebike tour will take you to hot spots in town as well as areas a little more behind the scenes! Don’t forget your phone/camera as there will be plenty of photo opportunities. Our fun and informative bike tour is available every day of the week! Other things to note: The Ebikes have pedal-assist technology so you will be pedaling but the motors do most of the work. Helmets are required if your'e <18 yrs and recommended but not required if you're >18 yrs. This tour is only able to operate with a minimum of 2 tour-goers. If you're a solo traveler and the only one signed up for the tour we'll be in touch with alternate options that we have available. This is a group tour that leaves daily at 2pm. In order to make the experience enjoyable for everyone participating, we ask that you please plan on ARRIVING 10 MINUTES BEFORE THE TOUR STARTS. We will wait 5-10 minutes after the start time, but after that, we will have to begin the tour without you.
Santa Barbarba - Surf Lessons and Safaris
OPEN ! 805-403-3301 Text me If you would like to ADD YOGA TO YOUR SURF LESSON. OR have any questions about this experience or really anything SB related. ----ALL TIMES ARE FLEXIBLE. Just message me if you want a different time. ----YES. You can BRING MORE PEOPLE, whether they want surf or not, if you message me first. THE DAY OF SURF- Upon arrival we will dive into a quick intro and convo about surfing. Then onto the board room & suit rack where we will select the best gear for you and the current conditions. Then we will head to the best local break that is matched for the skill level you wish to surf. A quick warm up and stretch followed by a comprehensive tutorial and safety brief. Once in the water, you will learn to paddle efficiently, catch waves, pop up like a pro, and surf the green face of the wave. We will surf till we can’t feel our arms anymore and our hearts are full of joy. Hope you Join me. Aloha & See you out there Micah G. Barbarians Cave Surf and Yoga 805-403-3301 All levels of Yogis and surfers Welcome. MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM! There may be a swim test.
Must have pics in Santa Barbara
We will meet at Chase Palm Park. From there, we'll walk the streets and make our way down to East Beach. We will explore the beautiful beach and the variety of breathtaking scenery will offer a multitude of backgrounds for your photos. I'll help find the right poses to create the most flattering images possible. You will be able to take home personalized pictures of your stay in Santa Barbara - a souvenir not many people get! This experience is offered for couples, engagements, elopements, weddings, pre-weddings, family, proposals, and portraits. This experience is in close proximity to water, so you may get wet! If you prefer another location in Santa Barbara (Goleta, Montecito, Mountains, etc) it is possible if you let me know in advance.

Dive into local beach life

Learn to Surf with Santa Barbara Surf School
I'll be meeting you at a local surf spot that is tucked away, just south of SB where there's easy free parking and even easier waves to surf! All participants must be able to swim. Please call or text me at 805-708-9878 if you have any questions! I'll have a surfboard and comfortable suit ready and waiting for you when you arrive. After we suit up we'll then hit the beach to go over some etiquette and techniques needed for surfing before entering the water. If you'd like to extend your time in the water please let me know. My top priority is keeping you safe, confident in your ability, and excited about surfing! I'll do everything in my power to get you standing up on the surfboard or improving your ability! ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM. I look forward to meeting you and hopefully sharing a triumphant surfing memory! Other things to note: In order for safety to be the top priority I do ask that you know how to swim and that you are comfortable in ocean water. You must be 7 years or older to surf with me. This lesson is only able to operate with a minimum of 2 people. If you're a solo traveler and the only one signed up for the lesson we'll be in touch with alternate options that we have available. If you are interested in another time slot not listed, please give us a call at 805-708-9878.
Silent Disco Yoga on the Beach
Immerse yourself in sound and nature while deepening your outdoor yoga practice. Celebrate Santa Barbara’s endless summer at beautiful East Beach with our signature ‘silent disco’ yoga classes! With our headphones, hear the instructor and music perfectly while spaced out over safe distances, so you never miss a beat—or a pose! This class offers a gentle yet invigorating flow to get your body and breath moving. We focus on the basics of alignment while building strength, confidence, and balance. Expect a fun and light-hearted yoga sequence followed by relaxing restorative poses and a blissful savasana. Experience music and voice instruction simultaneously through our wireless headsets, at the volume level of your choice, in a peaceful beach setting. BEGINNER-FRIENDLY // NO PREVIOUS YOGA EXPERIENCE NECESSARY // ALL ARE WELCOME Fun, invigorating, and COVID-19 safe! Participants are all safely distanced, and you control your own volume. Reserve your space now--Limited spots available due to SB City regulations.
Horseback riding on the beach
Once you book your beach ride, we meet you the day of the ride at our ranch located in Summerland, CA. The beach ride is approx 90 minutes long total. We ride from our ranch through the trails down to the beach, we do cross on the over pass and there is a small section where we ride on a public road to get to and from the beach. Once we are on the beach we ride along the shore with the fresh air, cool breeze and salt water below our hooves. We then ride back through the trails to the ranch where we started. Other things to note: We do require all riders wear a helmet for safety. Please keep in mind, the ranch is a working ranch, with horses, dogs and our staff, we do have a portable restroom on-site and a picnic table. Please also note that our weight limit is 250 lbs. We also ask that you please arrive early to enjoy the entire experience. If you are late your group will have to leave without you as this is a group activity.
Lunch & Lounge like a Local
Lunch & Lounge like a local! Enjoy lounging on the beautiful Santa Barbara beach gazing at the breathtaking coastline. You will arrive to a lovely beach set up with canopy, chairs, tables, beach games and toys/floaties. A Santa Barbara local will give a delightful mini lesson on the Santa Barbara coastline, it's unique geography and an overview of the community and all the amazing experiences the American Riviera has to offer. Indulge your tastebuds with a personal charcuterie box while you sit back and experience the salt air and sunshine just like a Santa Barbara local.
Learn the Chinese tea ceremony
During their tea tastings, guests will enjoy three loose-leaf teas curated by Alex, owner of Gold Mountain Tea. Teas are selected for their seasonality, uniqueness of flavor, and spiritual significance. Guests will learn how to pour tea in the traditional Chinese style, called "gong fu cha". The tea tasting will be a hands-on experience, with guests having an opportunity to prepare the teas themselves, in addition to learning relevant Chinese phrases and cultural background. Background on each tea will also be provided and discusses, with guests learning the details of the growing and processing of each tea, and how that contributes to the finished product and affects the flavor and aroma of each tea. The tea itself will also provide an in-point to a wide variety of cultural, philosophical, and spiritual conversations.

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Kayak the Coast of Santa Barbara
We'll start from Santa Barbara's center - WEST BEACH! Located on the sand across from the Harbor View Inn Hotel. From there you'll get geared up with ocean kayaks, paddles, life vests, and there will be a shed to lock up belongings you prefer not to get soggy. We'll slide the kayaks into the ocean and off we'll be to explore! EACH PARTICIPANT MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM TO JOIN Call us at 805-628-2444 for other options! Most paddles include gliding along the beautiful boats docked in our harbor. From there we'll experience Sandspit, a favorite little beach perfect for catching a tender wave, taking a break, and snapping some photos. Our favorite part is showing you the adorable family of sea lions that sun bathe on a buoy out in the middle of the channel! After saying goodbye to the sea lions we'll navigate along Stearn's Warf taking in the gorgeous riviera landscape all while letting the tide push you gently back to the coast making the return paddle a breeze. Hope to paddle with you soon! Parking is free on the streets around the hotels off of Cabrillo blvd, or, if you don't mind paying there's an easy parking lot at Garden and Cabrillo to the left or south of the pier. This tour is only able to operate with a minimum of 2 tour-goers. If you're a solo traveler and the only one signed up for the tour we'll be in touch with alternate options.
Parasail with dolphins and marine life
YES, WERE STILL OPERATING! We depart from Stearns Wharf on the beautiful Santa Barbara Waterfront. Use code 10OFF at Santa Barbara Parasail online for AirBnb discount As we look for dolphins, whales and other marine life, the colorful parasail will be inflated and you'll get to soar in the beautiful skies of Southern California. CALL Santa Barbara Parasail or visit Santa Barbara Parasail ONLINE FOR SAME DAY or 24 hour availability Depending upon the number of guests, the trip will last no longer than 60 minutes. The actual flight time is between 10-15 minutes, with up to three people in the sky at once -- at 1,000 feet! If you would like to upgrade to the 1,200 ft flight which is longer you can do so upon arrival. We take a maximum of 10 people per trip so that the boat is not crowded. On the excursion you can either stay dry, or get wet. The choice is yours! Check out a video at www.Santabarbaraparasail.co We hope you'll come join us for an awesome experience CALL Santa Barbara Parasail FOR SAME DAY or 24 HR. AVAILABILITY
Horseback riding on the beach
Once you book your beach ride, we meet you the day of the ride at our ranch located in Summerland, CA. The beach ride is approx 90 minutes long total. We ride from our ranch through the trails down to the beach, we do cross on the over pass and there is a small section where we ride on a public road to get to and from the beach. Once we are on the beach we ride along the shore with the fresh air, cool breeze and salt water below our hooves. We then ride back through the trails to the ranch where we started. Other things to note: We do require all riders wear a helmet for safety. Please keep in mind, the ranch is a working ranch, with horses, dogs and our staff, we do have a portable restroom on-site and a picnic table. Please also note that our weight limit is 250 lbs. We also ask that you please arrive early to enjoy the entire experience. If you are late your group will have to leave without you as this is a group activity.
Electric Bike Tour with a local
Our electric bike tour will take you through the best bike routes, historical highlights, and great viewpoints of Santa Barbara! Our tour has the potential to show most if not all of Santa Barbara’s need-to-see spots. Our Ebike tour will take you to hot spots in town as well as areas a little more behind the scenes! Don’t forget your phone/camera as there will be plenty of photo opportunities. Our fun and informative bike tour is available every day of the week! Other things to note: The Ebikes have pedal-assist technology so you will be pedaling but the motors do most of the work. Helmets are required if your'e <18 yrs and recommended but not required if you're >18 yrs. This tour is only able to operate with a minimum of 2 tour-goers. If you're a solo traveler and the only one signed up for the tour we'll be in touch with alternate options that we have available. This is a group tour that leaves daily at 2pm. In order to make the experience enjoyable for everyone participating, we ask that you please plan on ARRIVING 10 MINUTES BEFORE THE TOUR STARTS. We will wait 5-10 minutes after the start time, but after that, we will have to begin the tour without you.
Santa Barbarba - Surf Lessons and Safaris
OPEN ! 805-403-3301 Text me If you would like to ADD YOGA TO YOUR SURF LESSON. OR have any questions about this experience or really anything SB related. ----ALL TIMES ARE FLEXIBLE. Just message me if you want a different time. ----YES. You can BRING MORE PEOPLE, whether they want surf or not, if you message me first. THE DAY OF SURF- Upon arrival we will dive into a quick intro and convo about surfing. Then onto the board room & suit rack where we will select the best gear for you and the current conditions. Then we will head to the best local break that is matched for the skill level you wish to surf. A quick warm up and stretch followed by a comprehensive tutorial and safety brief. Once in the water, you will learn to paddle efficiently, catch waves, pop up like a pro, and surf the green face of the wave. We will surf till we can’t feel our arms anymore and our hearts are full of joy. Hope you Join me. Aloha & See you out there Micah G. Barbarians Cave Surf and Yoga 805-403-3301 All levels of Yogis and surfers Welcome. MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM! There may be a swim test.
Must have pics in Santa Barbara
We will meet at Chase Palm Park. From there, we'll walk the streets and make our way down to East Beach. We will explore the beautiful beach and the variety of breathtaking scenery will offer a multitude of backgrounds for your photos. I'll help find the right poses to create the most flattering images possible. You will be able to take home personalized pictures of your stay in Santa Barbara - a souvenir not many people get! This experience is offered for couples, engagements, elopements, weddings, pre-weddings, family, proposals, and portraits. This experience is in close proximity to water, so you may get wet! If you prefer another location in Santa Barbara (Goleta, Montecito, Mountains, etc) it is possible if you let me know in advance.
Hike with goats in the beautiful Santa Barbara mountains
Come enjoy a hike with our friendly herd of Miniature Nubian Dairy Goats at El Deseo Ranch. We are located on a 160 acre wilderness ranch in the mountains overlooking Santa Barbara. Our goats enjoy taking hikes and browsing on the natural vegetation on our property. We have several trails to choose from for beginners to more advanced hikers. Learn about goats and the natural history of this amazing wilderness area. Please contact me if you have a specific date in mind for a goat hike. I can usually be flexible if you book far enough in advance.
Play with Rescued Horses Santa Barbara
Upon arrival, you will greet the horses we have rescued. You will be able to participate in their care and maintenance, including feeding, watering, cleaning, and grooming. After they have been cared for, you will get to interact with the horses in their environment, and engage in other activities they enjoy most, which includes going for walks, leading them through an obstacle course, or learning how to give them a massage. You will also learn about the healing work that we do, and hear about the horses' amazing survival stories. This will be a wonderful day you will remember, and the horses may thank you with a cuddle!
Santa Barbara Food & Photo Tour
This casual 3 hour walking Santa Barbara food tour takes guests through the Funk Zone neighborhood and lower State Street for bites of local seafood, artisan flatbread, handmade tacos, and other delectable dishes, plus sips from local watering holes. And while you’re eating and drinking some of the best that Santa Barbara has to offer, learn a thing or two about taking food photos from a pro using your smartphone! Other things to note: Bring your own smartphone (or camera if you like to kick it old school). Wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket if the weather seems iffy. And bring extra cash for shopping or a tip for your guide!
Horseback Adventure on Bluffs & Trails
We will meet at our ranch and from there we will ride through the beautiful back trails of Summerland. Through the coastal bluffs trail, lemon grove and hidden hills, to experience and explore mother natures back country, seeing the wild flowers, butterflies, and birds all on horseback. Other things to note: We do require everyone wear a helmet for safety that we will provide. Guests should wear comfortable pants and shoes, preferably jeans and sneakers or boots. Please keep in mind this is a working ranch with horses, dogs and staff. Please also note our weight limit is 250 lbs.
Learn to Surf with Santa Barbara Surf School
I'll be meeting you at a local surf spot that is tucked away, just south of SB where there's easy free parking and even easier waves to surf! All participants must be able to swim. Please call or text me at 805-708-9878 if you have any questions! I'll have a surfboard and comfortable suit ready and waiting for you when you arrive. After we suit up we'll then hit the beach to go over some etiquette and techniques needed for surfing before entering the water. If you'd like to extend your time in the water please let me know. My top priority is keeping you safe, confident in your ability, and excited about surfing! I'll do everything in my power to get you standing up on the surfboard or improving your ability! ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM. I look forward to meeting you and hopefully sharing a triumphant surfing memory! Other things to note: In order for safety to be the top priority I do ask that you know how to swim and that you are comfortable in ocean water. You must be 7 years or older to surf with me. This lesson is only able to operate with a minimum of 2 people. If you're a solo traveler and the only one signed up for the lesson we'll be in touch with alternate options that we have available. If you are interested in another time slot not listed, please give us a call at 805-708-9878.
Silent Disco Yoga on the Beach
Immerse yourself in sound and nature while deepening your outdoor yoga practice. Celebrate Santa Barbara’s endless summer at beautiful East Beach with our signature ‘silent disco’ yoga classes! With our headphones, hear the instructor and music perfectly while spaced out over safe distances, so you never miss a beat—or a pose! This class offers a gentle yet invigorating flow to get your body and breath moving. We focus on the basics of alignment while building strength, confidence, and balance. Expect a fun and light-hearted yoga sequence followed by relaxing restorative poses and a blissful savasana. Experience music and voice instruction simultaneously through our wireless headsets, at the volume level of your choice, in a peaceful beach setting. BEGINNER-FRIENDLY // NO PREVIOUS YOGA EXPERIENCE NECESSARY // ALL ARE WELCOME Fun, invigorating, and COVID-19 safe! Participants are all safely distanced, and you control your own volume. Reserve your space now--Limited spots available due to SB City regulations.
Lunch & Lounge like a Local
Lunch & Lounge like a local! Enjoy lounging on the beautiful Santa Barbara beach gazing at the breathtaking coastline. You will arrive to a lovely beach set up with canopy, chairs, tables, beach games and toys/floaties. A Santa Barbara local will give a delightful mini lesson on the Santa Barbara coastline, it's unique geography and an overview of the community and all the amazing experiences the American Riviera has to offer. Indulge your tastebuds with a personal charcuterie box while you sit back and experience the salt air and sunshine just like a Santa Barbara local.
Learn the Chinese tea ceremony
During their tea tastings, guests will enjoy three loose-leaf teas curated by Alex, owner of Gold Mountain Tea. Teas are selected for their seasonality, uniqueness of flavor, and spiritual significance. Guests will learn how to pour tea in the traditional Chinese style, called "gong fu cha". The tea tasting will be a hands-on experience, with guests having an opportunity to prepare the teas themselves, in addition to learning relevant Chinese phrases and cultural background. Background on each tea will also be provided and discusses, with guests learning the details of the growing and processing of each tea, and how that contributes to the finished product and affects the flavor and aroma of each tea. The tea itself will also provide an in-point to a wide variety of cultural, philosophical, and spiritual conversations.
Scenic hike through Montecito's wooded trails and estates
Guided hike through a locals' trail in Montecito passing through old growth oaks, streams, and estates, including Oprah's. Botany, secret sites, and local lore provided. When we return, we'll end our time together with local food and special coffee.