Experience Santa Barbara Whale Watching

Expand your horizons with a Santa Barbara whale watching tour! Experience breathtaking views of whales during this one-of-a-kind experience as you cruise around the waters of Santa Barbara. And while you’re in town, you can experience all the other amazing experiences Santa Barbara has to offer. Read on to learn how you can find the best whale watching tour in the area–and what to expect when you go.

Where can I go for whale watching?

Whale watching is an incredible experience and the perfect addition to your getaway. In Santa Barbara, we recommend the Condor Express for whale watching. This boat is a 75′ state-of-the-art, eco-friendly catamaran that cruises the waters off the Santa Barbara shores. As the boat cruises around the Santa Barbara Channel and the Channel Islands, you’ll see these incredible whales up-close.

What to expect

Did you know that gray whales once were nearly extinct? But now, in California, there are over 25,000 gray whales! And each year, they travel up and down the coast for their Northern & Southern migration. But it’s not just whales you’ll see during this tour! These waters are home to some of the most diverse marine life. So it’s likely you’ll also be able to see dolphins

When is the best time for Santa Barbara whale watching?

If you’re looking for a truly spectacular whale watching expedition, the best time of the year to go is November – May. This means a winter trip to Santa Barbara is the perfect time to see some whales!


You can get your whale watching tickets here.

Visit Santa Barbara this winter

This winter, when you visit Santa Barbara, there’s more to do than whale watching! Read on here to learn why Santa Barbara is an idea winter destination. And once you’re here, check out these best winter beaches. If you’re feeling like relaxing with a drink in hand, you can visit one of our local wineries & vineyards to sip on some of our best local wine. While you’re visiting Santa Barbara, stay at Marina Beach Motel, where you’ll find all the amenities you need to have an excellent stay, with an unbeatable location–only half a block from the beach!

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