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Santa Barbara: 5 Things to do in the Rain

Updated January 7, 2019 We would like to think every day is going to be sunny and bright in Santa Barbara, but on occasion the rain will come down. Luckily there are several interesting and fun things to do on these wet occasions. Here are five of our favorite things to do when it rains…

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Can I still go to the Channel Islands during the government shutdown?

You can still get to the Channel Islands during the government shutdown. The Channel Islands National Park is open to visitors during the government shutdown. All island concessionaires are operating. Both the ferry company to get out to the islands and the kayaking company operating at Scorpion Anchorage are running throughout the government shutdown. Our…

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Things To Do in the Santa Barbara Harbor

The ocean is one of the many reasons that people flock to Santa Barbara from all over. Down by the Santa Barbara Harbor, there are a whole bunch of activities that are great for all ages, all skill levels, and of course, all kinds of travelers.  Here are some of our favorite activities to do…

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Guide to Camping in Channel Islands National Park on Santa Cruz Island

So you want to camp at the Channel Islands? Here’s how! 1) Start by booking your campsite reservation with the National Park Service. You will want to stay at Santa Cruz Scorpion, part of Channel Islands National Park. The campground has an Upper Loop and Lower Loop. All the group sites are in the Upper Loop and…

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5 School Field Trip Ideas in Southern California

Celebrate back to school with a field trip! We can bring a field trip to you, or you can join us on a field trip near Santa Barbara and Ventura, just an hour from Los Angeles. Hands-on field trips are a great way for kids to learn and grow with one another as the school…

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What is for lunch on my wine country tour?

Our Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours include pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation, all tastings, a friendly host and an incredible lunch by our private chef at Channel Islands Provisioners. Menu:  sandwiches (all on baguette) char broiled “jidori” chicken breast, apple calico slaw, avocado-lime-cilantro dressing, sharp cheddar, dry salami, ham, mortadella, provolone, mozzarella, giardiniera tapenade braised brisket, arugula, sweet…

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A Day in Santa Ynez Wine Country

Spring is here, and it is especially evident in Santa Barbara’s wine region. Our guides have been reporting that the wildflowers are in full bloom. It is the perfect time to travel to Santa Ynez for a day of wine and relaxation. Local photographer Phillip Van Nostrand was kind enough to share some of his photos…

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Outdoor Industry Marketing for Summer 2018

For the outdoor industry, the summer season is often the busiest of the year. Our business, Santa Barbara Adventure Company, accommodates thousands of clients sea cave kayaking in Channel Islands National Park each summer. The time to ramp up your marketing to these potential clients is now (or, preferably, yesterday as with all things marketing)…

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How to Plan a Kayak Trip to Painted Cave

Updated 5/6/19 If you are trying to plan a trip to Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island, please check in with us in January of 2019. That is when we will start posting available dates for the Painted Cave Kayak Tour in California Channel Islands! This amazing sea cave is one of the largest in the world, extending…

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Summer Channel Islands Tours

Santa Barbara Adventure Company and Channel Islands Adventure Company have new tours this summer! Painted Cave Kayaking: Get ready for a full day at sea. Explore Painted Cave, one of the largest seacaves in the world! Painted Cave is within a Marine Protected Area and also a part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.…

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