Information: This is for general information purposes and should not
be used as a navigation guide, USE YOUR CHART!!!!
has over 1,000 slips and 115 permanent moorings. The following information
is general in nature and in no case be used for navigational purposes.
Santa Barbara Point, 1 mile East
of the light, is a high cliff at the SE limit of the narrow table and extending
from Laviga Hill. The point is the beginning of a sand beach extending
0.6 mile East to Point Castillo, The West point of the breakwater forming
Santa Barbara Harbor.
Conspicuous landmarks are the
neon-light atop a hotel tower on the beach 1 mile East of town. several
radio towers and many residences on the hillsides behind the town. At night,
the lights of the city are well seen from the channel, but are obscured
from the West by Laviga Hill.
The harbor has a 500-yard breakwater
extending NE from Point Castillo to an extensive sandbar which forms the
South side of the harbor. A jetty extends across the Sandbar about 400
yards N from the NE end of the breakwater and the jetty. The NE side of
the harbor is formed by Stearns Wharf. A light is at the South end of the
wharf. At night, sometimes the lights are difficult to see against the
background of city lights. A radio beacon and fog signal are at the end
of Stearns Wharf.
CHANNELS: A dredged entrance channel
leads NW between the breakwater and Stearns Wharf then turns SW into the
harbor. The channel is marked by buoys.
BUOYS/LIGHT: Santa Barbara light
flashes white every 10 seconds
142 ft. 2 miles West of Harbor
Breakwater light flashes equal
internal white every 2 seconds silence
Buoy "1" flashes green every 4
Buoy "3" flashes green every 2.5
Buoy "4" flashes red every 6 seconds
FOG SIGNAL: 2 blasts every 20
seconds (2 seconds blast, 2 seconds silence, 2 second blast 14 seconds
DANGERS: The long sandbar North
of the breakwater light is hard to see on a high tide during the night,
but the mast of boats moored in the harbor are visible over the breakwater.
Water-skiing is permitted east
of Stearns Wharf. Canoeing and rubber rafts are prohibited in the harbor/ocean
area. A 5 mph speed limit is strictly enforced in the harbor. For information
on boat launching, fishing licenses, etc., contact the Harbormaster's office,
Breakwater, Santa Barbara. Fishing opportunities are plentiful
in the Santa Barbara area. There is deep sea and surf fishing along the
coast, pier fishing at Stearns Wharf and Goleta Beach.