Paddleboarding at sunset on the ocean

Paddleboarding in Santa Barbara is the Best Way to Explore the Water

Have you ever tried paddleboarding? When you’re visiting Santa Barbara, CA, it’s a fantastic way to spend time outside and explore the Pacific waters. This sport gives you a view of the coast that you can only get from venturing out into the ocean. If you want to learn about the best ways to try Santa Barbara paddleboarding, keep reading!

Rent a Paddleboard

Would you like to get a tan, superior workout, and an unbeatable view of the Santa Barbara Harbor? Then you should rent a paddleboard and take it for a ride! East Beach Rentals provides premium paddleboard rentals at affordable prices. They offer hourly rentals, or you can opt for a day-long adventure. Due to the online booking option and convenient location, East Beach Rentals is super accessible and helpful. You can also rent kayaks, boogie boards, and beach gear, such as chairs and umbrellas, to make your beach day awesome!

Learn from the Best 

If you want to learn how to standup paddleboard from the best, you should take a lesson with Stand Up Paddle Sports. They were the first dedicated standup paddling (SUP) store in America, and have taught lessons to over 4,000 people! Upon your arrival, the staff will help you pick the board that is perfect for you. Their boards are wide and stable, providing adequate space to teach on. The instructors are incredibly knowledgeable and experienced, especially the head SUP instructor, Al Fimlaid. He was previously Chief Lifeguard for the Gaviota Coast State Park and has 35 years of experience. Impressive, right?

You’ll start with the basics and learn how to properly paddle. It’s all about technique. Before you know it, you’ll be gliding over your first wave! After you fall in love with the sport, head to their shop to purchase your own board. Stand Up Paddle Sports only sells high-quality, one-of-a-kind paddleboards.

Sign Up for a Tour

If you’re interested in learning about the gorgeous natural environment of Santa Barbara’s beaches, consider a standup paddleboard tour! Paddle Sports Center offers a variety of tours available by kayak or paddleboard. One of their most popular is the Mesa Coastal SUP Tour. You’ll start at Hendry’s Beach and paddle 3.5 miles through the water, ending up at Leadbetter Beach. From your board, breathe in the salty ocean air and gaze at the gorgeous cliffs and landscaping. You might get to see a sea lion or dolphin!

End Your Day at the Cheshire Cat Inn

After a day spent paddling, retreat to the Cheshire Cat Inn. We offer a variety of accommodations, including guest rooms, suites, and cottages. Located four blocks from the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, our marvelous inn is just a quick 10-minute drive to all of the paddleboarding locations mentioned above!

Spend your evening unwinding on your private patio or balcony, then join us for a delicious, homemade, European breakfast in the morning. We promise you’ll leave feeling relaxed and refreshed! Browse our elegant guest rooms and book your Santa Barbara getaway today.


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