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.
With an adventurous spirit and love for California's central coast, Captain Jack began his tour company to give him a platform to share his passion with others. After gathering the best team of tour guides he could find, each exhibiting the same enthusiasm and upbeat outlook he has, he devised tours that got people outdoors to experience physical activities such as kayaking the sea caves at Channel Islands or paragliding over Santa Barbara's verdant, rolling landscape. The tour ideas he has in mind know no bounds, involving everything from wine-tasting tours and glider rides to whale watching, sailing, and fishing the deep sea for the sneakers that fell out of Davy Jones's locker. To ensure safe and memorable outings, Captain Jack backs up his guides and tours with required licenses, insurance, and years of experience in various backgrounds.
At Santa Barbara Jujitsu Kai, Head Sensei Jay Kalisek and his staff teach students aged 16 and older the Danzan Ryu style of jujitsu. The martial art, which incorporates elements of judo, is a specialty of Sensei Kalisek, who has black belts in both judo and jujitsu. In addition to self-defense training, classes also include calisthenic exercises, and lessons on how to tumble without suffering injury or rolling into traffic.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with an instructor as the teachers assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.