I went to this company's website to schedule a sunset tour. I wanted to go later in the evening of the same day, and clicked on that day (Thursday). It turned out that the week that popped up on the site was the following week (no idea why this was the case) and not the night which I thought it was. So I called - literally 2 minutes after clicking - and reached a very snotty person at the Sailing center who told me that their policy no refunds. I explained that we were from out of the area and could not use the tickets we had just purchased 5 minutes earlier. She got very insulting and said it was impossible to refund charges with their system. I am also a merchant who accepts online payments and know that this is untrue. It is simple and free to "void" a transaction for the first few hours after it is taken. This is an unethical, unprofessional business and I highly recommend that you stay away from it. There are other, better choices.
I've been on many sailing cruises, and was excited about joining SBSC for its Double Dolphin two-hour coastal cruise. But the trip was terrible. Within 10 minutes of setting sail, the crew turned on loudspeakers to blast 1970s rock music for the entire duration of the trip. At first they kept the screeching guitars, screaming vocalists, and pounding drums at medium volume, but midway through the trip, they turned the noise up so that conversation proved near impossible. Imagine being trapped at sea for two hours while you are being assaulted with nerve-splitting noise that you can't escape. If they had advertised this element of their "sailing experience," of course I'd never have gone on the trip. So beware if you're planning to join them -- or request in advance that they not blast their music -- hopefully, they will be compliant.
henever my family visits Santa Barbara, we spend some time at the Sailing Center. The first year we discovered it was on a whale watching trip. We saw some whales, but the best part was how comfortable .
he Natural History Museum in Santa Barbara is a great place for kids and adults. Lots of room outdoors for energetic kids to run, picnic tables along a beautiful creek for lunch or a snack and intriguing exhibit halls for everyone to learn new facts about the world. We went during the summer when the Butterfly Pavilion was open and that was just a joy to walk among hundreds of butterflies. Hidden in the hills behind the Mission, this Museum is a treausre you must find.
The staff of the Santa Barbara Sailing Center were so accomodating in setting our group up for our trip to the Channel Islands.
No dislikes. The boats are amazing, clean & sleek & the weather is great year round. The prices for Skippered Charters are extremely reasonable. The selection of boats is like no other I have seen anywhere, along w/ Kyacks, Boston Whalers & Whale watching Excursions. A definate plus on my list of places to visit.
The staff was friendly. Whale watching was great. The crew knew a lot about the whales, and dolphins came over to play with the boat. The whales didn't seem to notice the boat was there as long as we were sailing.
Whenever my family visits Santa Barbara, we spend some time at the Sailing Center. The first year we discovered it was on a whale watching trip. We saw some whales, but the best part was how comfortable the captain and crew of the Double Dolphin made my family feel. Last year I was able to take sailing lessons with my wife, while our kids spent the week in sailing and kayak camp. Next year we plan to charter their 50 footer to the Santa Cruz Island for the week.