Ian Filippini’s Pick: Santa Barbara – Leisure Activities
It would be a shame to either live in or visit Santa Barbara and not make the best of what the climate offers. It’s warm and mostly dry throughout the summer with some rain to be expected between October and April. Overall, it’s a Mediterranean climate and it lends itself well to outdoor activities. https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/
Here are the best leisure activities of Santa Barbara suggested by Ian Filippini:
The most well-known tour company offering whale watching in the Santa Barbara area is the Condor Express. You can see whales all year round, with each species having its own Migration season.
Enjoy a game of volleyball on the beach. You can usually find somebody to play with, but do your homework on the best spots to go first. Check out the City’s recreation website for more information.
Mission Santa Barbara
No visit to Santa Barbara is complete without stopping at the Mission. http://www.santabarbaramission.org/
Santa Ynez Vineyard
This area produces more than 1 million cases of wine a year, varieties include Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio. Most of the wineries are small family operated boutique operations and open to visitors. You might want to connect with a local tour company for a guided tour on foot, bike or vehicle.
El Presidio State Historic Park
Built in 1782, this former military outpost built by the Spanish is one of a set of four. The others being in San Francisco, Monterey and San Diego. Some of it has been restored and reconstructed, with more underway.
You can find shopping and entertainment at this outdoor mall in addition to the Ronald Reagan museum, wine shops and theatres. Well maintained, welcoming and the place to be!
Butterfly Beach, Montecito
Popular with dog walkers, this beach gets a battering every time there’s a high tide or a winter storm. The sandy part is sometimes a little thin on the ground. When the tide is low it’s possible to walk all the way to East Beach in Santa Barbara. It’s also a great destination to cycle to from the city. Be aware that you won’t find a public restroom at this beach, so plan for it.
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