East Beach is in the center of Santa Barbara proper and world famous for Volleyball, as it hosts several tournaments each year. East Beach can get very cowded in the summer due to its proximity to the Wharf and adjacent major hotels. Parking can also be an issue during peak periods.
This beach is between Stearn's Wharf and the Sea Landing and is located near numerous motels It is a great place to enjoy the sun, take a stroll or enjoy the quiet water sailing area. It is commonly the site of large public special events, including our 4th of July celebration. The West Beach Wading Pool, a playground and Los Banos Pool is located nearby.
The locals call it Hendry's Beach -a place to meet for breakfast or a cocktail at sunset, stroll or jog the sandy shore, watch for whales, surf fish, or ride the wild surf. Known for its sandy beaches, swimming, surfing and surf fishing, this park also offers a cool grassy area for picnics and playing. The MTD bus stops at the park entrance.
It is easily accessible from the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) and the marina, and has light surf which is acceptable for learners. Because of the small surf and consistent winds, it is also a popular location for kitesurfers and windsurfers during the summer, when the wind is consistent. Of all the beaches in the city, this is one of the most frequently visited.
Although there are no public facilities on the beach, it is a very charming and easy walk to the shops, restaurants and galleries of Montecito. Being the most west facing beach in Santa Barbara it makes for great sunsets over the water. This coast line is known as some of the most prestigious sand in all of California.
Horses and dogs are allowed on this beautiful beach about 5 minutes south of Santa Barbara. Porpoises and seals dance in the surf, and it's never crowded. Parking is available at both ends of the beach.
Twelve miles south of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria State Beach offers a mile of beach for swimming, surf fishing, tidepool exploring and camping. Although dogs are not allowed on beach we have a great picnic area where they are allowed to enjoy the outdoors as well. Seals and sea lions can be seen in the area December through May, as well as an occasional gray whale. Tidepools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopi and sea urchins.
Known for its long fishing pier and sunbathing beaches, these 29 acres are often a destination for bicyclists on the area's paved trail system. Between the lively restaurant and BBQ picnic areas are volleyball, horseshoes and children's playgrounds.
El Capitán State Beach offers visitors a sandy beach, rocky tidepools, and stands of sycamore and oaks along El Capitán Creek. It’s a perfect setting for swimming, fishing, surfing, picnicking and camping. A stairway provides access from the bluffs to the beach area.
Refugio State Beach offers excellent coastal fishing as well as trails and picnic sites. Palm trees planted near Refugio Creek give a distinctive look to the beach and camping area. Lifeguards patrol the beach year around while lifeguard towers are only staffed roughly from memorial day weekend through labor day weekend.