After lunch it’s time to enjoy Santa Barbara’s gorgeous waterfront. Sign up for an afternoon or sunset harbor cruise through the Santa Barbara Sailing Center, Celebration Cruises, or the Condor Express.
• Relax on the beach: With more than 20 miles of coastline, Santa Barbara has plenty of beautiful beaches to choose from. Whether you’re looking to sunbathe, swim, or surf, you’ll find the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the California sunshine. Main waterfront beaches along Cabrillo Boulevard include East Beach, West Beach, and Leadbetter Beach.
• Take a walk along the half-mile breakwater in the Santa Barbara Harbor — if your schedule permits, visit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (see below) or at least the Outdoors Santa Barbara lookout deck atop the same building (free and one of the best views in town)— then walk back to the wharf. Look for Syuxtun Story Circle, a tile mosaic mural embedded in the sidewalk that tells the story of the native Chumash and honors the former site of a major Chumash village.
• Rent a bike or surrey cycle from Wheel Fun Rentals and ride along the 3-mile-long bike path to the Andrée Clark Bird Refuge and back, or up to Shoreline Park, on the bluffs above Leadbetter Beach.