Whale Watching

Santa Barbara Whale Watching by Sea and Air

During your stay at Spanish Garden Inn, discover exhilarating Santa Barbara whale watching at any time of year.

The coast of Southern California is renowned among whale watching enthusiasts the world over for the breadth and frequency of sightings. Depending on the time of year, you can expect to see Pacific Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, Sea Lions, elusive Blue Whales and Orcas.

By Sea
Condor Express – Year-round cruising with multiple tour options
Double Dolphin – Twice-daily cruises from mid-February to mid-May

Both vendors sail out of Santa Barbara Harbor, located southwest of Stearns Wharf at the far end of West Beach about 1.5 miles from Spanish Garden Inn.

By Air
Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours – Daily tours with aerial views of the ocean wonders and Channel Islands

All tours depart from SB Helicopters located in the Atlantic Aviation building, adjacent to Santa Barbara Airport about 10 miles from Spanish Garden Inn.

It’s easy to customize your stay with a whale watching adventure when you stay at Spanish Garden Inn, where we are Your Concierge and always at your service. Learn about whale watching add-ons by contacting us below.

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Experience
Santa Barbara

Find Spanish Garden Inn nestled in the heart of Sana Barbara's historic Presidio District and three blocks from State Street 

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Taste Santa Barbara

From locally caught seafood to mouthwatering ravioli, wood-fired pizza to sizzling steaks, Spanish Garden Inn is surrounded by an eye-opening collection of Santa Barbara restaurants.

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Santa Barbara Museums

Santa Barbara is home to some of the West Coast's most acclaimed museums, many of which are within easy walking distance of Spanish Garden Inn.

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Acclaimed Santa Barbara Wineries

Spanish Garden Inn is ideally situated in downtown less than five minutes’ walk from more than a dozen Santa Barbara wineries.

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Experience Santa Barbara

Find Spanish Garden Inn nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara's historic Presidio District and three blocks from State Street

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