Surf-n-Wear’s Beach House
Near Stearns Wharf, rent soft (foam) boards ($10/25/35 per hour/half-/full day) and boogie boards ($4/10/16 per hour/half-/full day).
Wheel Fun Rentals
Rent jet skis and jet boats by the harbor, or take a whale-watching excursion aboard the high-speed catamaran Condor Express . Most...
Santa Barbara Shellfish Company
‘From sea to skillet to plate’ sums up this end-of-the-wharf seafood shack that’s more of a buzzing counter joint than a sit-down...
Lonely Planet review
The southern end of State St gives way to Stearns Wharf, a rough wooden pier lined with souvenir shops, snack stands and seafood shacks. Built in 1872, it’s the oldest continuously operating wharf on the West Coast, although the actual structure has been rebuilt more than once after catching fire. During the 1940s it was co-owned by tough-guy actor Jimmy Cagney and his two brothers. If you’ve got kids, don’t miss the Ty Warner Sea Center . Parking on the wharf costs $2.50 per hour, with the first 90 minutes free with validation. But trust us, you’d rather walk than drive over the wharf’s bumpy wooden slats.