A bright-yellow paint job, black trim, and?a checkerboard motif adorn the Lil' Toot, traits it shares with New York taxicabs?but most cabs don't have a stash of life vests for adults and children aboard. The star of the?Santa Barbara Water Taxi, Lil' Toot (named for its recognizable whistle and absolutely not for anything else?) safely shuttles up to 19 passengers?back and forth from Stearns Wharf to Santa Barbara Harbor. Captained by one of the company's Coast Guard?licensed pros, the ship?which uses a meager 4 gallons of fuel per day?also sets out on longer sunset voyages.
The Lagree fitness system is the foundation of Pulse Fitness Santa Barbara, where experienced and certified instructors lead classes daily. In these classes, they instruct students of all skill levels in Pilates-based workouts, which target fat loss without adding muscle bulk. The classes and system emphasize strength, endurance, and cardio training alongside balance, core, and flexibility.
Above Giovanni's Pizza you'll find Mesa Hot Yoga, where Courtney Enright combines her two passions: yoga and teaching. A former high-school teacher, Courtney discovered a love of hot yoga, which was ignited when she was accepted into the Absolute Hot Yoga teacher training in Thailand. Popular in Asia and Europe, the Absolute Hot Yoga style has only recently made an appearance in the United States, something that Courtney was determined to help grow.
Classes follow the basics of the 50 poses in the Absolute Hot Yoga series, allowing every part of the body to be engaged. The 60- and 75-minute classes also include variations and modifications, while the 90-minute classes follow the 50-pose series of seated and standing positions. Classes, which range from Rooted in Reggae with reggae music to set the mood to Yoga Core & More for a focused glutes and core workout, are open to all levels.
For more than 20 years, Channel Islands Outfitters's Paddle Sports Center has helped humans commune with nature through their guided expeditions, courses, and gear rentals. Their expert guides lead kayakers and hikers to California destinations such as Anacapa Island and Santa Cruz Island, where explorers enjoy picturesque scenery and native wildlife that haven’t yet learned about sarcasm. The outdoor fitness center also offers instruction for outdoorsmen ranging from courses that cultivate Wilderness First Responders to lessons in the art of standup paddleboarding. Meanwhile, their surf shop doles out aquatic equipment such as surfboards, paddleboards, and an array of kayaks that are available in single-seat or tandem models.
On Flying Dolphins' tours, dolphins don't fly?participants do. They skim the waves or soar high above California on an amphibious flying trike, helmed by an FAA-certified pilot. From their bird's-eye view, riders often catch glimpses of aquatic life, from dolphins and sea lions to elusive whales. Riders can fly over the coast or fly over Lake Tahoe.
In 1917, the Ranger was a sport-fishing yacht—the first built on the West Coast—that hosted celebrities trying their luck at snagging tuna, swordfish, and other swimmers. Flash forward nearly a century, and the Ranger is now a lure, one of several vintage boats that entice visitors to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Inside a former Naval Reserve building, the museum traces the history of the California Coast seas, from cannons to seaplanes and surfing to the environment. The Munger Theater brings the sea to life with films that could feature maritime history or a trip around the coast, and lectures and other events further enrich the experience.