Details for Santa Barbara Harbor

Santa Barbara Harbor

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Average rating 4.7 stars from 9 reviews

Address 132-A Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO


You must first dock at the Harbor Patrol dock. It's at the far west end of the marina and to the left of the fuel dock. They drop a dye tablet into your head to be sure you don't pump overboard.

VHF channel

The Harbor Patrol monitors 12 and 16.


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

They don't accept American Express.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Pick up two green entry buoys - red one is on the wharf. Follow buoys carefully to the west - stay inside as often there is shoaling. Go to the accomodation dock at the west end of the harbor, harbormaster's office is above West\Marine.

Note, go very carefully at night as local street lights can be easily confused with red markers.





Tide & current additional info

Floating docks, tide not an issue. Current is minimal.


Approach: 20
Transient dockage: 20
Fuel dock: 20

Other depth info: Some shoaling at the entry, particularly to port so watch carefully, particularly if dredging is in process. Otherwise ample depth.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - YES
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Assigned by the harbormaster, contact on channel 12, prices vary by the foot.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Most visitors obtain slip assignments from the harbormaster; there is anchoring in what is locally known as marina 5 - to the east of the wharf.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Largely 30 amp, some 50 amp in the larger slips. 100 amp unknown.

Pricing info: Included with the price of the slip.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Yes - Service to slips not easily available, there is a public phone in the marina and one on K finger; others located around the harbor.

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Service at all slips.

Dinghy access

Yes - At the west end of the harbor; check with the harbormaster.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Restricted with permits, see the harbormaster.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: 300 gallons including tax.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Must be kept on a leash.

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Water taxi runs between the whaf and the accomodation dock at the west end of the harbor. Largely during the summer and on weekends.

Pump out

Yes - Available in several locations at no charge, check with the harbormaster on channel 12.


Yes - Available at themini mart near accomodation dock across (towards mountains from) West Marine.


Yes - Receptacles on all the docks and main walkways; bins located near the boatyard.


Yes - Key card access. See the Harbor Patrol.


Yes - Public heads located below Brophy Brothers Restaurant at the west end of the harbor.


Yes - Between Marina 3 and 4, near Santa Barbara Sailing Center boat rentals.


Yes - Convenience items only. There is a much larger market within walking distance.


Yes - There are two West Marines in Santa Barbara, one at the habor (basic items and tourist stuff) and another a few miles away. The latter is much larger and they will deliver to the harbor location.


Yes - Several within easy walking distance and many others nearby. Local favorite is Brophy Brothers at Harbor - it is casual, good seafood. There is more formal dining in the adjacent building.

Also several options on the wharf - formal at Harbor House, casual upstairs, and a fish market further out on the wharf.


Yes - Several within easy walking distance.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Several within easy walking distance.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Floating drydock is no longer available as of 1/2012.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Yard facilities, boat lift.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Large supply plus local knowledge at Sea Landing, near Marina 4 and the boat ramp.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Fishing fleet is at the west end of the harbor; also, party boats are located nearby for whale watching and fishing. There is also Santa Barbara Sailing which rents sailboats.

Internet access

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Trolley and cab, enquire at harbormaster's office.

Other services

Santa Barbara Yacht Club is located on beach at the west end of the harbor. Has reciprocity with most yacht clubs.


Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is located near the harbormaster's office, very impressive must see. Also the aquarium on the wharf is excellent. Ronald Reagan Ranch Visitor Center.

Reviews for Santa Barbara Harbor
Great place to stop, 2014-04-09
Captain: , Georgetown, SC (616)

Cruisers couldn't ask for anything better. We spent a week here on our southbound cruise. Well maintained facility with a super friendly, helpful staff. Pumpouts are distributed throughout the facility, as are showers/heads and trash cans. This is a very active harbor; commercial fishing, sailboat racing, cruise ship launches, recreational boating. A large selection of eating places right at the harbor, with about any ethnic food you could want within a short distance.
The city runs electric shuttles along the harbor front and connects to another shuttle that transports you through the beautiful downtown shopping district. Fare is only $.50 ($.25 for seniors).
In March 2014, the transient rate was only $.90/ft/night. If you stay beyond 14 days, the rate increases to $1.80/ft/night. After 4 weeks, you have to leave (I don't remeber for how many days) before returning.
As noted in the earlier reviews, the closest large supermarket is Ralph's about 1.5 miles away, however there is a well stocked neighborhood market within walking distance (Santa Cruz Market) about .5 miles away.

Remodeled Docks!, 2013-07-01
Captain: , Ventura, CA (106)

The city has recently remodeled many of the marinas. I was very surprised at the extreamly clean conditions of the restrooms and showers. Very friendly and helpful staff too.

Would definately return, 2013-05-24
Captain: , Kirkland, WA (4478)

8/9/2012 - We enjoyed a 12-day stay at the well maintaned and managed SB Marina and would definately return. Excellent facilities and very nice friendly people. Due to a sailing race starting the next day and a full marina, we had to anchor out the first night before office staff found us a slip. Just about everything you could want is at the marina office. The only thing missing is grocery. There is a small market at the office, but a real grocery store is walk to the downtown electric trolley where you will find a Ralph's grocery in town. Access keys must be purchased and retained.
5/10/2013 - Enjoyed a week's stay while waiting out Pt. Conception weather. Facility remains excellent and discovered even more things to do and see.

A Wonderful stop over in Santa Barbara, 2012-10-22
Captain: , San Francisco (239)

A very welcoming and well run harbor. After our harbor hopping transit from San Francisco it was a welcome change to enter the warm weather zone. Fuel is reasonable as this is a good size commercial fisning harbor. We discovered the water front and down town shuttle that runs every half hour all day-- $.50 to ride. You can tramsfer at Sterns Wharf and head up town too.

Great Harbor, friendly boaters, 2012-06-16
Captain: , santa barbara (696)

Very popular harbor and only one between Ventura and Moro Bay. Very safe, many activities within easy walking distance (maritime museum, aquarium, dolphin trips, local tours (at end of wharf). Walk up State Street from whaf for a plethora of restaurants, theaters, and shopping. Well stocked West Marine is near (separate from one at harbor). Many hotels within easy walk. Virtually any boater you meet at the docks will be very happy to provide information.

Warmth at last, 2011-09-18
Captain: , Edmonton (150)

After a cold journey from Washington this was a treat, stripped off layers. Good marina, nice town with lots to see and do, great beach lined with palm trees.

Fuel dock / services available, 2011-07-29
Captain: , San Diego, CA (261)

Fuel dock for topping off before making the turn up the hill

Great stopover, good for cycling and shopping. , 2009-06-20
Captain: , London (639)

The Indian resteraunt, the first on the left on the way up to the shops is the best we have had in california

Santa Barbara Harbor (2005), 2007-08-28
Captain: , New Port Richey, Fl (231)

Once you come South around Point Conception this is the place to stop, especially in Winter when the weather can be fierce and unpredictable. A safe haven with a fine seawall. Showers are very good with some facilities (including fuel) in the harbor and much more in the nearby town. A really quaint and lovely town to visit.

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