A Local’s Outdoor Favorites in Santa Barbara

In Santa Barbara, there’s no shortage of summer outdoor adventures to be had. We recently caught up with Connor King from Cal Coast Adventures to hear about his favorite ways to get outside when June Gloom isn’t hanging around.

On the Ocean

My favorite way to soak up our water-rich backyard is surfing!

One of our lead surf instructors put it best when he said, “To me, surfing California wasn’t just a place of exercise or an opportunity for sports. Although it was a place for those things as well, it was the place I felt most connected with nature. I remember so many times running into the house to tell my parents about the waves I had caught that day, and about the way it felt, only to have words fail me and a lot of sound effects come out instead. The ocean isn’t something you can experience through someone else. The only way is to suit up and board up. Surfing makes me a better person, and I know now that the water is where I belong.”

I truly believe that learning to surf will be a top memory for those visiting Santa Barbara, which is why we at Cal Coast Adventures search out the best talent and personalities around to teach others to surf. Having an amazing instructor is half of it – the ocean does the rest.

Around Town

My favorite way to take advantage of our beautiful city and the views it offers is on my electric bike. Taking an e-bike out on your own or with one of our guides will open you up to the world of Santa Barbara, giving you quick access to historical sites, European-style courtyards, scenic bike paths, and picture-worthy viewpoints. I highly recommend you bring your camera when going e-biking as rides through downtown, the harbor, and Montecito are all saturated with picture perfect moments.

It’s really the best way to fit in seeing ALL of Santa Barbara’s highlights and beauty.

In the Mountains

Our favorite way to indulge in the thrill of our intimate Santa Ynez Mountains is by heading up on a mountain bike. There’s a trail for everybody in Santa Barbara. Some involve miles of hard-pack dirt paths that meander atop the Santa Barbara bluffs., while others let you explore the largest privately funded park in America, with its twisting single track and locally made slalom course – and don’t forget the great views of Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands.

There are even some high up in the mountains that are sure to challenge and excite the avid rider looking to test their black diamond skills. No matter the experience, I love giving travelers helpful trail advice, shuttling them to the trails, and taking them on tours where they can enjoy the fun of a full-suspension mountain bike while being lead by our top-of-the-line guides.

Want to experience one of these yourself? Use code AUTOCAMPSB when you call Cal Coast Adventures at 805-628-2444 to plan out your Santa Barbara stay with us.

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