Treat Yourself with Captain Jack’s Award-Winning Wine Tour For the Experience of a Lifetime

Only Captain Jack’s Tours can offer you a highly acclaimed wine tasting tour for an affordable price. The all-day Wine Country Tour has been declared the best in Santa Barbara, voted #1 by the Santa Barbara News-Press Readers’ Choice Awards.

capjack2What’s Included:

All Wine Tasting Fees

All Door-to-Door Transportation Fees

A lavish experience in the famous wine appellations

What to Expect:

The wine tour begins between 9 and 9:30am in the morning, and will drop you back off when it’s over, between 4 and 4:30pm in the afternoon.

First you’ll be taken through the Los Padres National Forest where you’ll enjoy 2 wine tastings before heading to an olive farm to taste prestigious oils and vinegars.

Next up you’ll be escorted by our knowledgeable guides to Santa Ynez, famous for its world-class wineries. There, lunch will be available at Trattoria Grappolo.

Moving right along to make the most of our day together, you’ll be whisked off to the lovely Santa Rita Hills where you will have the opportunity to taste at 2 of their most praised wineries.

The return to Santa Barbara will feature marvelous views as you head down the mountains, overlooking the ocean, the island, and the American Riviera. The perfect way to end a day of leisure and luxury — all for only $115, (the price for lunch is not included in the tour price).

About the Wine Appellations:

Both Santa Ynez and Santa Rita Hills are part of the prestigious American Viticulture Areas (AVAs). The region is characterized by a distinct topographical feature due to the flow of fog and sea breezes. This factors heavily into a microclimate that creates ideal conditions for classic grape cultivation resulting in top-notch wines unlike any you’ve ever tasted.

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Captain Jack’s Tours never disappoints. With beautiful scenery, welcoming guides, and delicious wine, you simply can’t go wrong. Best of all, Captain Jack’s is all about accommodating your needs in order to guarantee you the best possible experience you can create.

To customize your tour, adjust the hours, or even book a private tour of the esteemed Santa Ynez Valley, please give us a call at 805-564-1819.

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Spend Your Afternoon Exploring the Santa Ynez Wine Country With Captain Jack’s Tours

 A Little “Afternoon Delight” Wine Tasting Anyone?


You haven’t properly experienced Santa Ynez until you’ve spent a relaxing afternoon on a wine tasting tour. Captain Jack’s door-to-door service will take you from anywhere in Santa Barbara to three unique venues in the Santa Ynez wine country, including a stop at an operational olive farm for olive oil tasting, for only $99. We know it sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t.

The tours begin between 12 (noon) and 12:30 and goes until 5 -5:30, leaving you plenty of time to take in all the beautiful scenery. Fees include all tasting and transportation costs. Like most wine tours, lunch stops will not be included, but you are welcome to bring snacks.

In Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley is one of three distinct American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), also referred to as wine appellations. The geographical location of the region is especially unique in that the flow of fog and sea breezes contribute to the distinct microclimate, perfect for cultivating grapes. The result? World-class wines you won’t find anywhere else.

Whether you are a wine connoisseur, or just a little curious about what a renowned wine country might have to offer, Captain Jack’s wine tours is the perfect experience.

Captain Jack’s has a reputation for delivering guests with wonderfully memorable experiences on wine tours. One guest, Allen of Aliso Viejo wrote that his experience with the Santa Ynez wine tour “could not have been better” and added that he highly recommends the olive oil tasting. With the Afternoon Delight Wine Tasting Tour, you’re sure to get an experience you won’t soon forget.

Captain Jack’s Santa Barbara Tours was started up by Captain Jack (Mark Hicks) and his team of enthusiastic guides in order to share nature’s beauty with the world. It is a licensed business in compliance with the regulations of the Public Utilities Commission. The team is dedicated to providing their clients with top-notch service and adventure.

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For more information or to schedule an event, from kayaking, to horseback-riding, to wine-tasting, visit You can also reach Captain Jack’s by telephone at 1-(805) 564-1819, or by email at

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Captain Jack’s Tours Offers Harbor, Coastal and Champagne Kayak Tours to Residents of Santa Barbara

For residents of Santa Barbara that want to hit the open water and participate in a great team-building event, Captain Jack’s Tours is offering three unique kayak tours to satisfy your urge. Each tour offers something a bit different to ensure that there are plenty of options to choose from, from short, relaxing tours to extended getaways.

The Harbor kayak tour begins at 10:30am and 1:30 pm daily and is currently being offered for just $40 per person, discounted from the standard price of $50 per person. This tour takes advantage of California’s most scenic harbor and is best suited for first-timers that want a fun and relaxing kayak tour that exemplifies the basics of what Santa Barbara waters have to offer.

For anyone that wants to experience a bit more of Santa Barbara, the Coastal kayak tour is a 3 hour long guided tour that acts as an extension of the Harbor kayak tour; the price is $75 per person and there is a two-person minimum. On top of what is experienced during the Harbor kayak tour, you will also get to see the famous “Riviera Coast”, a renowned location in Santa Barbara.

The Champagne kayak tour also has a two-person minimum and is currently being offered for $60 per person, discounted from the standard price of $75 per person. This tour offers you the choice to indulge in either Champagne or Sparkling Cider during your adventure on the water and is the perfect choice for a romantic experience with your loved one.

With their focus on safety and compliance with the regulations of the Public Utilities Commission, Captain Jack’s Tours is a great choice for both experienced kayakers and beginners looking to test the waters. Each of the three tours mentioned above are guaranteed to provide you with a safe trip in the hands of an experienced, friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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Captain Jack’s Tours Has It All To Make the Most Of Your Company Outing

Have Fun, Practice Team Building, and Enjoy Great Wines

Captain Jack’s Tours is proud to offer a wide range of team outings and activities, tailored to the very needs of your group. Company outings are a perfect opportunity to build relationships based on trust and positive experiences, and Captain Jack is dedicated to providing you and your co-workers just that. For the adventurous types, try group horseback riding or group kayaking. For more leisurely days, set aside some time for fishing and a winery dinner. Also, the wine blending competition is a great way to do some team-building. For those who really want to get the blood-pumping, don’t hesitate to book group paragliding!

The corporate events are designed to suit the needs of each group. With just one phone call, Captain Jack’s Tours is ready to prepare a personalized group experience, filled with fun activities, so there is never a dull moment. From transportation to dining to lodging, all of your accommodation needs can be arranged.

Experience Santa Barbara like never before. The harbor is filled with majestic water-life like dolphins and sea-lions. Book a kayaking tour to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures. By land, horseback-riding will give you an extraordinary mountainous view of Santa Barbara. Fully-narrated sight-seeing tours are also available so as to allow you and your group to truly take in the beauty of this great city.

Customer reviews have been stellar.

Eletta of Kaiser Permanente boasts that Captain Jack’s provided the company with “one of the most memorable team building days”. The guest added, “Please accept my gratitude and know that I will be referring you to everyone at this company as the one and only place to seek these services! Thanks again all!!!”

Melanie of Vistar also has only positive things to say of her experience setting up a wine tasting for 45 of her company’s clients. She noted that Captain Jack’s made the planning “effortless” and that service was “top notch.”

Captain Jack’s Santa Barbara Tours was started up by Captain Jack (Mark Hicks) and his team of enthusiastic guides in order to share nature’s beauty with the world. It is a licensed business in compliance with the regulations of the Public Utilities Commission. The team is dedicated to providing their clients with top-notch service and adventure.

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Tips for Leading a Successful Team-Building Activity

While corporate team-building activities sound like great fun in theory, the truth is they can be rather stressful to organize. Worse, a poorly organized activity does less to build teams and more to discourage them. However, when done right, these can be fun and can really do a lot to bring your co-workers together.

Fun is the key word here, and it’s important to remember that what is fun for one may not be fun for all. These activities may be designed to pull people out of their comfort zones, but if it isn’t handled well, it won’t be very successful. Luckily Captain Jack’s understands the need to do group-fun right, and is here to help. Here are some tips.

1. Take the group somewhere exciting that they may not have necessarily chose on their own. This gives everyone something to look forward to in the days leading up to the activity, and will keep spirits high upon arrival. Located in the Santa Barbara Harbor, up close and personal with so much of nature, Captain Jack’s delivers on both peacefulness and excitement. It’s a perfect combination.

2. Organize activities that everyone can participate in. Try to choose an activity that is out of the ordinary, so it’s exciting, but is rather low-maintenance so that people aren’t put off. Also, be sure to explain the details to the group so no one feels thrown into an uncomfortable situation. Group Horseback-Riding is a great way to go. Experience with horses may vary from person to person, but doing it as a group will make everyone feel comfortable and willing. It is non-competitive, which will be re-assuring to those who may be more shy. Horseback-riding is also adventurous enough to let people loosen up.

3. Avoid typical team-building games. These tend to just stress people out. Instead, focus on creating a freeing space where people can be themselves. This will relieve the pressure, and allow co-workers to get to know each other in a more intimate way than “around the circle” games ever do. Being in nature has a calming effect that people will respond to much easier. Consider group fishing or group kayaking tours. Activities like these inspire conversation and keep moods even and positive.

Captain Jack’s offers a wide variety of group activities and is happy to help you plan your corporate getaway every step of the way. With one call they will set up transportation, dining, and lodging, all suited to your very needs.

Get out of the office, and get into nature!

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Tips for an Enjoyable Whale Watching Cruise

Santa Barbara is the #1 whale-watching destination in the world thanks to its 27 different types of whales and dolphins, making the Captain Jack’s Tours Whale Watching tour a great choice for anyone that wants to take a relaxing trip. At 4.5 hours long and just $105 per adult and $60 per child, you will get plenty of time to admire the attractions of Santa Barbara and indulge in a whale watching experience that you will never forget. With that being said, there are a few tips to keep in mind before embarking on your tour that will help you enjoy the experience to its fullest.

The best tip to take into consideration before you go whale watching is to keep your expectations in check. Whales are wild animals and thus there is no guarantee that they will appear frequently on your cruise; there are some days where you may see many, and others where you might not be lucky enough to see any at all. Although Santa Barbara has a large population of whales, prepare yourself for the possibility that you will not see as many as you desire.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the time of day that you take your tour will determine how smooth the ride will be. Earlier times are better for smoother sailing since winds typically pick up as the day goes on, so make sure you pay attention to the time frame when you book your tour. If you are hesitant about having to deal with rougher waters, definitely aim for an earlier tour time. Fortunately, the only timeslot for the Whale Watching kayak tour at Captain Jack’s Tours is 10 am, so booking through them will ensure that your ride is as smooth as possible.

On top of the tips mentioned above, make sure to bring waterproof sunscreen, extra jackets in case of cold weather, a hat or visor and anything else that you think you may need in case of unexpected weather conditions. Whale watching is a fun experience that can be both relaxing and exciting, but doing the proper research and preparation beforehand is the best way to ensure that your trip is as enjoyable as possible. Take a look at the Captain Jack’s Tours website for information on their Whale Watching Cruise Tour that they offer, as well as a variety of other Santa Barbara trips.

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Many Americans are considering kayaking to be among the top best ways to enjoy a peaceful summer day. It combines physical activity with relaxation like no other sport. Best of all, it’s something people of all ages can participate in.

So what is it that makes Kayaking so special? Here’s some things to consider; this list is sure to motivate you to get up and hit the water – especially in a beautiful place like Santa Barbara where there is always something to see! Santa Barbara Kayak Tours never disappoint.

  1. Experience Nature 

Being out on the water in a narrow non-motorized water-craft affords you the opportunity to see sights barely accessible any other way. Look down to get a fresh close-up view of the water-life (especially if you kayak further out than you would normally swim), and look out to see views like never before. In Santa Barbara, kayaking lets you get up close and personal with dolphins and other sea life such as crabs. Moreover, the incredible mountainous views will take your breath away.

  1. Hang Out With Friends 

Kayaking in a group can be a ton of fun. Kayaks allow you to get close to converse or point out some of the amazing things you’re seeing. But you can also get competitive. There’s nothing like a good old fashioned kayak race among friends as your paddles splash up the beautiful, refreshing water.

Indulge in Solitude 

Kayaking can be a great way to be alone with your thoughts. The quiet of being out on the water in nature is so peaceful. It can be difficult to find ways to enjoy being alone, but on a hot summer day, when all you want is some “me time”, there is no better place to be than on the Santa Barbara Harbor.

Get Active 

There are definite health benefits to kayaking, not the least of which is upper body conditioning. We rely on our upper-body strength for hundreds of everyday activities, but there are surprisingly few ways to keep your arms in shape while having fun. Imagine paddling through the Santa Barbara harbor, racing a pal, and keeping your eyes peeled for sea lions. It’s hard to believe you’re actually exercising, but you are!

  1. Have an Adventure 

Venture further out than you have ever dared swim, and get to know the harbor better than anyone you know. These are the things that add excitement to your day of kayaking. Why lounge at home on a couch when you could be out there pioneering and familiarizing yourself with the beauty of nature? Make a deal with yourself to spot one new thing, and have a blast trying to find it.

Convinced? Good. Time to get out there, it’s your day to fall in love with kayaking. Whatever it is you are looking to get out of your summer, an afternoon of kayaking is sure to get a few items crossed off your list. Whether you’re looking to get active, or experience the peacefulness of nature, kayaking awaits. Santa Barbara Harbor is just waiting for you to discover it and all its wonders.

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