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Top 5 Experience Gift Ideas in Santa Barbara

Holiday shopping – always an adventure, isn’t it? We want to make sure we’re giving memorable and unique gifts that our friends and family are going to love. Gift cards to stores and cash seem impersonal and there’s usually at least one person who just seems to have everything and is impossible to shop for.…

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Channel Islands Kayak Guide Employment Opportunities

Looking for one of the most exciting jobs around? Santa Barbara Adventure Company offers a fun, challenging and rewarding place of employment for people who love to be outside and share our region’s natural, beautiful places with our guests. We are currently accepting applications for experienced guides to lead tours at the Channel Islands. People who…

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Women’s History Month at Santa Barbara Adventure Company

Last season, we hired more female guides than ever before! We are continuing the trend this year and feel so lucky to have such strong and hardworking ladies on the team! Meet the crew below and see how a few of them were influenced to be who they are today.

California Superbloom: Channel Islands Wildflowers

You’ve heard about popular spring wildflower destinations such as Carrizo Plains and Anza Borrego in southern California. But have you seen the Channel Islands superbloom? Dozens of species of wildflower cover the islands, making the already beautiful hikes just purely jawdropping. Come join us this spring for kayaking, hiking, and wildflower viewing on Santa Cruz…

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5 Endemic Species Found Only on the Channel Islands

The Channel Islands National Park is a fantastic area to connect with nature and spot wildlife. In fact, there are some endemic plants and animals that can only be found on the Islands. Here are some of the most famous plants and animals to look for that are found only on the Channel Islands! Island…

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The 7 Best Dinner Spots in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has an incredible selection of dining options for every budget and every craving. We’ve selected some favorites to give you ideas for pairing your accessible and delicious meal with your next tour! You’ll notice this is our longest list in comparison to our 4 Best Breakfast Places to Eat in Santa Barbara & our…

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Best Lunch Places to Eat in Santa Barbara

Grab a quick and satisfying lunch before heading outdoors for an adventure with us! Hana Kitchen Hana Kitchen has you covered for Asian-fusion eats and tea drinks, with vegan options too! It’s an inexpensive, casual spot for a tasty rice bowl with all the fixings! Best Mexican Food Let’s taco ‘bout tacos! Santa Barbara has…

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4 Best Breakfast Places to Eat in Santa Barbara

Dawn Patrol Build your own breakfast at Dawn Patrol — our favorite local hash house just around the corner from Santa Barbara Adventure Co. and up the street from the harbor. If you care about where your food comes from like we do, you’ll notice they use all local ingredients, (including free-range eggs and organic coffee).…

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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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