When you are visiting sunny and beautiful Santa Barbara, there’s truly no better place to be than on Stearns Wharf. With panoramic views of the water and of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the Santa Barbara pier provides scenic beauty, but it also has plenty of food, entertainment, and shopping for its visitors. As you start to write down your central coast itinerary, be sure to pencil in time to do some shopping and exploring at Santa Barbara’s number one tourist destination spot: Stearns Wharf. The following is a list of businesses that you want to visit while you’re out on the pier.
Nature’s Own Gallery
Nature’s Own Gallery has been a Santa Barbara fixture since 1976, selling an assortment of shells, rocks, and minerals from all over the world. Focusing on selling natural goods to its customers, Nature’s Own Gallery has a wide variety of goodies for their shoppers to choose from, like candles, jewelry, and interior décor items. Pick up something unique at Nature’s Own Gallery for a gift, for a souvenir, or to simply treat yourself.
No trip to a beach town is complete without perusing all of the fun little gift shops.
Coastal Treasures is a family owned store that carries over 3,000 pieces of jewelry as well as hats, arts and crafts, and gifts that you’ll want to take home to remember the fun that you had out on the Santa Barbara pier.
Santa Barbara Water Taxi
Santa Barbara Water Taxi gets you right in the water aboard the “happiest boat in the harbor!” Hop on a 15-minute narrated boat ride aboard Lil’ Toot, Santa Barbara’s original waterfront taxi. The tours run from noon until sunset, so there are plenty of opportunities to jump on the 19-passenger boat, which takes passengers from the wharf to the harbor. One-way tickets are just $5 for adults and $1 for kids. You can find the taxi at the end of Stearn’s Wharf on the left side opposite Moby Dick Seafood Restaurant.
Stearns Wharf Bait and Tackle
Open seven days a week, Stearns Wharf Bait and Tackle is the perfect place to gear up for a day of fishing on our beautiful coast. Head there for bait, tackle, snacks, and some sage advice on the art of fishing. Stearns Wharf Bait and Tackle also rents out rods and crab net rentals (just in case you forgot to pack those in your suitcase).
Old Wharf Trading Company
Old Wharf Trading Company is a great place to grab a t-shirt, gift, or souvenir out on the pier. It’s the largest general store on the wharf, so there’s sure to be a variety of goods that you and the whole family can spend the afternoon perusing through. You can find the Trading Company below Coastal Treasures.Whether you need some resort gear to get into the California spirit, or you simply need a t-shirt to bring back home to loved ones, Topside Resort Wear will have everything you need. Topside Resort Wear is the largest clothing store on the pier so it’s sure to have something that will catch your eye.
Mother Stearns Candy Co
Mother Stearns Candy Company opened in 1988 with the sole purpose of providing fun on the Santa Barbara pier for all kids young and old. From bubble machines to windsocks to talking parrots, Mother Stearns has everything you can imagine to bring even more joy to your Santa Barbara visit. If you find something you can’t live without but can’t possibly fit it in your suitcase, Mother Stearns ships worldwide so you can enjoy your treasures at home minus the stress of carrying them on the plane.