Sunday, March 24, 2013

Whale Watching in Santa Barbara - Top 10 Tips To Ensure A Great Trip

While staying at our downtown bed and breakfast in Santa Barbara, our guests may want to consider booking a whale watching trip. If you are in search of fun things to do in Santa Barbara, a whale watching excursion is unique and memorable way to spend the day. 

Whale watching season is mid-February through mid-May, and again in July through September. In fact, the best time for whale watching in Santa Barbara for Blue and Humpback Whales is in the months of March and April, when they feed off the krill from the Santa Barbara Channel. 

You are likely to encounter several different kinds of whales and dolphins on your 
Santa Barbara whale watching trip.  Whether you are staying at a hotel or a bed and breakfast in Santa Barbara, these whale watching tips might be helpful as you plan your day.

1.      Book in advance. Most whale watching in Santa Barbara is done from vessels with limited seating. You’ll want to secure yours in advance to avoid disappointment.
2.      Look for discounts. Some whale watching boats offers discounts for various groups. Santa Barbara Sailing Center, for example, offers $10 tickets for college students under 25 and for children under 12.
3.      Dress in layers. A whale watching trip general lasts at least two and sometimes several hours. You can be exposed to cool winds during one part of the trip and direct warm sunlight during another.
4.      Don’t forget the camera. You’ll want to capture memories with a still or video camera.
5.      Spend some time reading about whales. A little reading prior to your excursion is sure to add to your enjoyment. Be sure to include dolphins and seals in your reading. Google and Wikipedia are great places to start.
6.      Wear comfortable non-skid shoes. Deck shoes would be best but a good pair of comfortable tennis shoes can also work.
7.      Consider your options. Whale watching offers a variety of viewing options. If you would enjoy an intimate, 18 passenger sailing option, you may want to check out Sunset Kidd for a unique experience.
8.      Take and use sunblock. The water reflects and magnifies the sun so make sure you are prepared with sunblock.
9.      Don’t forget to eat and drink. Many fear sea sickness and feel going on an empty stomach may be best. Eating carbohydrates will absorb the stomach acid that can lead to sickness.
10.    Don’t forget the little things. Snacks, a ball cap, sunglasses and binoculars can all help make your whale watching excursion that much more enjoyable.

Enjoy breath taking views of the American Riviera...while following alongside the Giant California Gray Whales. Listen to the boat captain describe the fascinating history of whales in California.  It's truly an exhilarating experience when the whales break the surface and breathe for air.  
Santa Barbara B&Bs and hotels are likely to have brochures, coupons, and advice to help you make your selection easier.  Your stay in Santa Barbara will be much more memorable after a few hours enjoying the waters off our beautiful coastline.  We hope you found these tips helpful and from all of us at Cheshire Cat Inn, we would like to wish you a wonderful vacation in Santa Barbara.
ABOUT CHESHIRE CAT INN: Cheshire Cat Inn is a romantic and elegant Victorian Inn with old oak trees, fountains and flower filled gardens. This Santa Barbara bed and breakfast offers 18 guest rooms, suites and cottages, some with in-room Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, private decks and outdoor hot tubs. The Inn is located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, only four blocks from shops, restaurants, and theaters. This downtown Santa Barbara hotel has an Alice in Wonderland theme and offers Santa Barbara lodging with gracious English hospitality. Visit Cheshire Cat Inn at 36 W. Valerio St. Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, USA (805) 569-1610 by clicking on to their website, blog and facebook.