Santa Barbara Harbor is one of the most picturesque boating locations in Southern California. Built in 1929, this 1143-slip harbor has become a popular destination for recreational boaters, fishermen, and tourists alike. Here you will find world-class yachts, commercial fishing boats, and pleasure craft side-by-side. The harbor, Stearns Wharf and nearby State Street provide visitors with a wide variety of services and recreational activities including fine restaurants, wine tasting, gift shops, whale watching, cruises and marine supplies, just to name a few.
Be sure to walk along Santa Barbara’s scenic waterfront to Stearns Wharf, a short distance from the harbor. Built in 1872, it is California’s oldest working wooden wharf and offers spectacular views of the famous “American Riviera.” Extending inland from the wharf is State Street. Within easy walking distance, this area is renowned for its shopping and nightlife, and is also home to several historic sites. There is also public transportation via MTD Downtown and Waterfront Shuttles along with access to taxis. Check out Visit Santa Barbara or Downtown Santa Barbara's websites for information to help you plan the best experience while visiting Santa Barbara.
Berthing Information: Santa Barbara Harbor provides monthly berthing for approximately 1,100 vessels. Additionally, the harbor offers guest berthing for vessels 20’ to 170’ in length. Information provided here is intended to acquaint you with harbor facilities and policies. If you have further questions, please contact the Waterfront Administration Office at 805-564-5531. VHF Channels 16 and 12 are monitored seven days a week, 24 hours a day. A Harbor Patrol Officer is always on duty.
Santa Barbara Harbor is managed by the City's Waterfront Department; our mission is to provide the community with a quality Waterfront for recreation and commercial use, along with mooring and landside services for boating. The department oversees the Harbor, Stearns Wharf, parking lots as well as approximately 252 acres of tidelands and submerged lands.