Santa Barbara, California


Santa Barbara

The history of Santa Barbara, California, begins approximately 13,000 years ago with the arrival of the first Native Americans. The Spanish came in the 18th century to occupy and Christianize the area, which became part of Mexico following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, the expanding United States acquired the town along with the rest of California as a result of defeating Mexico in the Mexican-American War.

For more information on mooring at Sailing Santa Barbara, click here.

Santa Barbara Harbor


Latitude: 32 degrees, 23’8″N, 119 degrees, 43’3″W    |  Chart:  18725

Weather Report

Click here for Report


Service Phone Hours Contact
Harbor Patrol 805.564.5530 24 HOURS x
Guest Slips 805.564.5530 24 HOURS x

Vistor Berths

Visitor Berths – Recreational Vessels $.90/linear foot/day

1. Base rate for the first 14 cumulative days
2. Rate doubles after 14 cumulative days
3. Minimum leave time 5 consecutive days to restore base rate
4. Day is 24 hours, commencing noon
5. Payment is due in advance. No refunds.
6. Visitor stays over 28 days subject to penalty and citation.

Mooring Information

Visiting berths, slips and moorings are intended to accommodate boats en route to and from their home port. There shall be a charge for visiting boats not having a regularly assigned slip, end tie, or designated mooring space subject to monthly charges as provided in this resolution.

For more information, please call (805) 564-5531

Marine Facilities

Launch Ramp
The launch ramp area is located in the northwest corner of the harbor next to the breakwater separating the marina from the main beach
Boat Trailer in launch ramp $1.50 hour $6.00 maximum per day
Launch ramp washdown fee – $.50 per 5 minutes
Pump Out Stations
There are currently 3 pump-out sanitation stations
1) at the end of the commercial dock by the fuel dock on Navy Pier (Lat. N34-24-16, Long. W119-42-31)
2) at the head of the walkway to the outside docks (1A) by the restroom/shower facilities
3)  between docks O and R on the outside docks (1A)
Fuel Dock
The fuel dock is located at the end of the Navy Pier
Bait & Ice
Ice and snacks are available at the sportfishing/bait dock and the stores by the Navy Pier.

Harbor Information

Harbor Information:  This is for general information purposes and should not be used as a navigation guide, use your charts!

The Harbor has over 1,000 slips and 115 permanent moorings. The following information is general in nature and in no case be used for navigational purposes.

Santa Barbara Point, 1 mile East of the light, is a high cliff at the SE limit of the narrow table and extending from Laviga Hill. The point is the beginning of a sand beach extending 0.6 mile East to Point Castillo, The West point of the breakwater forming Santa Barbara Harbor.

Conspicuous landmarks are the neon-light atop a hotel tower on the beach 1 mile East of town. several radio towers and many residences on the hillsides behind the town. At night, the lights of the city are well seen from the channel, but are obscured from the West by Laviga Hill.

The harbor has a 500-yard breakwater extending NE from Point Castillo to an extensive sandbar which forms the South side of the harbor. A jetty extends across the Sandbar about 400 yards N from the NE end of the breakwater and the jetty. The NE side of the harbor is formed by Stearns Wharf. A light is at the South end of the wharf. At night, sometimes the lights are difficult to see against the background of city lights. A radio beacon and fog signal are at the end of Stearns Wharf.

CHANNELS: A dredged entrance channel leads NW between the breakwater and Stearns Wharf then turns SW into the harbor. The channel is marked by buoys.

BUOYS/LIGHT: Santa Barbara light flashes white every 10 seconds

142 ft. 2 miles West of Harbor

Breakwater light flashes equal internal white every 2 seconds silence

Buoy “1” flashes green every 4 seconds

Buoy “3” flashes green every 2.5 seconds

Buoy “4” flashes red every 6 seconds

FOG SIGNAL: 2 blasts every 20 seconds (2 seconds blast, 2 seconds silence, 2 second blast 14 seconds silence)

DANGERS: The long sandbar North of the breakwater light is hard to see on a high tide during the night, but the mast of boats moored in the harbor are visible over the breakwater.

Useful Links

Heal the Bay  | Rating A
Weather |
Sail Flow
Wikipedia | Santa Barbara

Now that you’ve finished tacking, why not sign up for our eNewsletter  On the Wind.

Questions? If so, please drop us a line.