Santa Barbara’s got a rather amazing land-and-sea thing going on: The American Riviera’s terra firma of rugged coastal peaks and beautiful valleys and flats meshes remarkably well with the sparkling reaches of the Pacific. Here begins the Southern California Bight, an amazingly productive marine ecosystem that also happens to be spectacularly gorgeous. And it’s right at your doorstep as a guest of ours here at Mar Monte Hotel.

Our fair city’s harbor awaits just a stone’s throw away from our boutique Hyatt Unbound Collection hotel, and when calling a Mar Monte guest room or suite your home away from home, you’re spoiled for choices when it comes to getting out on the water.

Among the options is Celebration Cruises, which offers a wide range of itineraries, both public and private, which put our wonderful Pacific Ocean realm right at your fingertips.

Offshore Delights With Celebration Cruises

Maintaining several vessels that embark from the historic Stearns Wharf, Celebration Cruises promises an array of experiences centered on our marine “front yard.”

Among the public cruises, consider seasonal whale-watching outings offered during the winter and spring window of the North Pacific gray whale migration. To see these graceful, barnacle-studded leviathans surge and spout their way along our coastline—executing, mind you, one of the greatest known migrations in the animal kingdom, linking summer Alaskan feeding grounds with wintering digs off the Baja Peninsula—is unforgettable.

Or raise a glass to the utterly world-class day’s-end show that goes down daily off our shores with a Santa Barbara Sunset Cruise, which takes place on the 70-foot-long, multi-level Asure Seas luxury yacht.

You can also get a fine overview of the American Riviera’s scenic spread on an hourlong Santa Barbara Coastal Cruise, or kick back with a suitable libation on the company’s understandably popular Happy Hour Cruise.

We’re only surveying some of the public options among the Celebration Cruises itineraries, mind you. The sky (or the seascape, maybe) is the limit when it comes to private outings. For birthday parties, holiday shindigs, and any other small-scale soiree, it’s mighty hard to beat private charters aboard Lil’ Toot, the charming Celebration Cruises water taxi. You’ve got the services of a dedicated captain and crew, plus onboard drinks and snacks and accommodations for upwards of 18 passengers.

Soak Up Pacific Ocean Vibes on a Mar Monte Hotel Getaway in Santa Barbara, CA

Whether it’s admiring the historic harborfront and its sea-lion contingent, or venturing farther out to spy whales or world-class sunsets, your options for on-the-water sightseeing are just about unlimited when you call Mar Monte Hotel your Santa Barbara base camp—with Celebration Cruises a topnotch case in point.

Come avail yourself of our boutique Hyatt Unbound Collection hospitality, and don’t just gaze at the perfection of the Pacific from your private balcony or the nearby beachfront: Strike off from shore and take in the ocean majesty up close and personal!


Follow us on Instagram