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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