Santa Barbara beaches are among the best beaches in Southern California. Backed by the rugged Santa Ynez Mountains and protected by the Channel Islands offshore, the south-facing coastline offers the perfect slice of sand and sea for every type of beach lover.
East Beach and West Beach are tourist favorites. Stretching in either direction from Stearns Wharf, these two beaches capture the classic image of the California coast. Tall palms line their shores, volleyball nets line up along the soft sand. and the
From West Beach, head west on the Cabrillo Bike Path and you’ll end up at sheltered surfer-fave, Leadbetter Beach. Head east on the bike path, and you’ll end up at petite and picturesque Butterfly Beach in posh Montecito, a perfect picnic and people-watching spot.
Need a kid-friendly getaway? Hendry’s is a top choice. Officially known as Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, this local favorite offers gentle surf, a fantastic beachfront restaurant, and lifeguards in season. Best of all, your pooch can run wild on the off-leash section of the beach.
And if you’re just looking for the best pockets of sand for sunbathing, you’re in luck! All of Santa Barbara’s beautiful beaches offer stunning scenery, soft sand, and almost year-round sunshine.