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Sunset Kidd Sailing Cruises & Whale Watching

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125 Harbor Way #13, In front of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2352
+1 805-962-8222
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Absolutely beautiful cruise

What could have been a bad afternoon turned into one of our best memories! My fault - I booked an... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2017
Short visit in Santa Barbara

My husband and I had a wonderful time on the sunset cruise! The crew and ship were perfect.They... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
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Since 1987, Sunset Kidd's offers Sailing Cruises along the Beautiful Santa Barbara Coastline. Based upon a love of sailing, this is not a typical tourist ride! We turn the engine off and showcase our love for the sport. Yes, it's wind in the sails and water lapping up against the boat... that's what we offer. This is NOT a narrated "tourist" type of ride, where the engine stays on! If you're a sailor, then we invite you to participate in the handling of our beautiful 41 foot sailing ketch. Our thoughts: People come to Santa Barbara to get away from the crowds... so we are thinking about heading out onto the Pacific Ocean... packing 49 passengers or more on a sailboat is like.... STAYING IN LOS ANGELES! Sunset Kidd's maximum passenger load is only 15 passengers.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good11%
  • Average1%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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125 Harbor Way #13, In front of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2352
+1 805-962-8222

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Reviewed 31 August 2017

What could have been a bad afternoon turned into one of our best memories! My fault - I booked an afternoon cruise on the wrong day and when we showed up - the day before - no one else was booked. They have a minimum...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2017

My husband and I had a wonderful time on the sunset cruise! The crew and ship were perfect.They told us up front no two outings are the same, they just go where the wind takes us. They were knowledgeable and friendly we would sail with...More

Thank Darling76
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Awesome Mother's Day cruise! Didn't see any whales, but were thoroughly enchanted by several pods of dolphins who literally took a break from feeding and spent an hour playing and racing with our boat...and then were joined by a group of sea lions!! It was...More

Thank PaulG13
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Is there anything else to say? Maybe that staff is super friendly and experienced and willing to give all guests a good time on the boat. They give you a blanket if you're cold. The wine is excellent! I saw a grey whale and a...More

Thank Eva B
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Very professional crew on a nice sailboat out onto the Pacific. We were lucky enough to not only see a number of grey whales spouting and swimming, but we had a pod of about 50 dolphins swim by us, around us and under us...amazing! The...More

Thank Deanna9
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Captain Alisha and crew where great. We saw hundreds of dolphins and pretty good looks at several whales. The dolphins danced all around the boat and the whales rolled over and a few waved at us with it's very large white fin. They knew where...More

Thank Ronald H
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Our captain and crew were awesome. They worked hard to make sure we saw lots of whales and dolphins. It was relaxing and beautiful. I highly recommend this company.

Thank utcyn
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Sunset Kidd is a lovely sailing trip right out of Santa Barbara harbour. They provide a good value 2 hour sailing outing in a low key comfortable environment. Highly recommend. It gets you out in the bay and you see the beautiful shoreline and some...More

Thank Michele D
Reviewed 20 October 2016

This was a lovely thing to do - a beautifully relaxed trip out into the bay to watch the sunset over Santa Barbara. We had a bottle of wine from the boat's well-stocked, and well-selected, bar, and a lovely time chatting to the crew and...More

Thank Keith B
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Decided to take A sailboat ride on the American Riviera. Although it was s beautiful day a lot colder when the wind blew out in the open. For some unknown reason we declined the blanket they offered after we got splashed good. The 1st mate...More

Thank D C
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Jennifer N
19 August 2015|
Response from Captain Dennis L |
Thank you for asking this question: While our boat always feels like you are on a private cruise... Our public cruise can have as many as 15 passengers enjoying the sunset (rate $40 per person). The private cruise will... More

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