Cruising California Coast – Santa Cruz Island to Santa Barbara

Escaping Santa Cruz Island and heading to safe anchorage in Santa Barbara

Santa Cruz Island to Santa Barbara
Santa Cruz Island to Santa Barbara

After breaking out of our refuge on Santa Cruz Island we were looking forward to visiting Santa Barbara. Here we would find a protected place to drop anchor and plant our feet firmly on the ground.

Santa Barbara Anchorage
Santa Barbara Anchorage

This anchorage is protected from prevailing seas from the west. It is a favorite place for cruisers to explore a beautiful city offering all the shopping, food and entertainment a cruiser could want. We spent several days here walking all over the downtown area and had a wonderful time doing it.

Santa Barbara Pier adjacent to anchorage
Santa Barbara Pier adjacent to anchorage

After our first night in the anchorage we spent a few days in the marina. It is a large, modern marina situated adjacent to beautiful beaches and the downtown shopping district. The harbor master’s office was very helpful. They assigned us an end tie with full services, including water, power and garbage. Pump out stations are nearby.

Santa Barbara harbor

Transient boaters are given up to two weeks in the marina. Slips are assigned on a space available basis. During the peak season it is advisable to call ahead and check on availability.

Attractions In Santa Barbara Marina

Santa Barbara Marina and Downtown
Santa Barbara Marina and Downtown

The marina its self has many attractions. There is a commercial pier in front of the marina office. On weekends local fishermen sell their catch on the pier.

Fish mongers on the pier
Fish mongers on the pier

After you purchase your fresh fish from the vendor walk over to the shed where for a few dollars your fish will be cleaned and prepped for cooking.

Fish preparation center
Fish preparation center

There is a post office in the marina where you can receive your mail or parts. We ordered a new inflatable dinghy and they received it for us. There is a convenience store and a variety of eateries. Finally, there are laundry facilities for marina guests.

Exploring Downtown Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara State St
Santa Barbara State St

State Street is the center of all the action. It runs from the pier at the waterfront to about a mile and a half from the beach. There are some chain stores but the majority of shops are unique independent shops with a variety goods and services.

State Street
State Street

This street, shops and restaurants are packed on the weekend. State Street is closed to auto traffic on the weekends where restaurants have set up out door dining.

Conclusions

Besides being a full service sanctuary for boaters Santa Barbara is one of the most interesting and entertaining ports we visited. It offers something for everyone in your crew. This is a port that should not be missed.

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