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Santa Barbara: Catamaran Sunset Cruise

1. Santa Barbara: Catamaran Sunset Cruise

Unwind with a relaxing early evening sunset cruise on the Santa Barbara Harbor. Admire the beauty of the scenery as you sail along the coast in a catamaran, then enjoy the romantic atmosphere as the sun sets over the water. Board the Double Dolphin catamaran at the meeting point and set off from Santa Barbara Harbor. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, otters, birds, and other coastal wildlife. Sit back and relax alongside friends or family, and put your feet up after a day of work or sightseeing. Marvel at the sunset views before returning to your original starting point.

Santa Barbara: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise with Bar

2. Santa Barbara: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise with Bar

Set sail for a unique whale-watching experience in Santa Barbara. Enjoy a relaxing boat trip where you can get up close with some of the largest creatures on the planet, including Pacific grey whales, bottlenose dolphins, and California sea lions. Treat yourself to a drink from the onboard bar. Meet your guide at the harbor and climb aboard a 50' catamaran for an intimate Santa Barbara whale watching experience. Once you're settled on board, set sail to start your adventure. Every season brings something special with it and different animals to spot off the Californian coast. In winter, explore near the coast. Discover the Santa Barbara Channel, home to over 30 species of whales and dolphins. Common sightings include Pacific gray whales, common dolphins, California sea lions, and harbor seals. If you're lucky, spot orcas, blue whales, humpback whales, and pilot whales. In mid-February, spot some of the 28,000 pacific gray whales journeying through the channel on their migration north between Baja California and Alaska. See mothers and calves just a hundred yards offshore. From July through September, discover blue and humpback whales feeding on krill.

Santa Barbara: Wine Country Tour

3. Santa Barbara: Wine Country Tour

Your group will be picked up by an air-conditioned van in the morning. Travel then to the first winery in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Once there, begin wine tastings and sometimes are offered barrel room tours. On the weekdays, lunch will be served in the shade at a favorite winery or park. Your guide will pick up a delicious lunch sourced from local, fresh ingredients. Cold beverages will be provided. Visit 3 local favorite wineries in the area. Each has its unique vintages and award-winning selections. The winery staff will offer insight into specific blends and selections to our guests.

From Santa Barbara: All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour & Lunch

4. From Santa Barbara: All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour & Lunch

Enjoy a memorable day exploring California's famous wine culture in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Where stunning vineyards and boutique wineries await to serve up award winning small patch wines, hospitality, wine knowledge and stunning vineyard views. Depart your city of Santa Barbara area hotel at ~9:30AM aboard one of our deluxe touring vehicles. Visit 3 fantastic wineries where you get to sample award-winning wines and enjoy the best that Santa Barbara Wine Country has to offer. Your Grapeline driver/host is fun & knowledgeable. They will liaison with all three of the wineries, stow your purchases, and keep you informed and entertained throughout the day. You will enjoy an artisan inspired lunch catered by one of the valley's top lunch restaurants and served in wine country. 8 selections to choose from plus dessert. Santa Barbara Wine Country offers more than 120 wineries, and this tour supplier is one of the few companies that does not limit tours to a small portion of these. Instead, your day is flexible and takes into account your preferences in wine and scenery, as well as any special events or offerings at the wineries. In addition to the exciting tour, many of the wineries offer great discounts on wines that you may wish to purchase. Lunch options include:1. Chicken and pesto sandwich2. Greek salad with chicken3. Mixed veggie sandwich4. Roast turkey with sliced Brie sandwich5. Roast beef and horseradish cheddar sandwich6. Italian combo sandwich7. Goat cheese and roasted pepper salad8. Curried chicken salad sandwich

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What people are saying about Santa Barbara, California

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 27 reviews

We had a wonderful wine tasting day with Grapeline Tours, with Chris at the wheel . The van was comfortable and we ran on schedule. We had time to relax at each of the 3 stops and as a bonus stopped at a fruit stand. Chris dropped us directly at our campsite with all of our winery purchases. She even doubled back an hour later with our flat of forgotten strawberries, that’s great customer service. She has a knack for capturing a great picture, so take advantage of her keen eye to frame a shot. Her singalong playlist was fantastic. We got a quick tour and local color of 2 cute towns, Solvang and Ballard. All in all a great day.

It was a wonderful trip around Santa Barbara the sunset view was amazing, the music gave the cruise a great vibe, the staff was very nice, and the little selection of wine in the bar was very tasty. Overall if your looking for something romantic to do with your significant other this is definitely a great idea.

Great, the best wine tour I have been on, my wife and I were celebrating our three-year anniversary and this was a perfect activity for our celebration.

Fantastic Sunset Cruise. The Catamaran was beautiful, and the staff was excellent. We all enjoyed the music as well!

We had a great day! Sunny was a fantastic tour guide-very knowledgeable and friendly!