- Type: Beaches, Recreation, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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There are three major beaches in Santa Barbara; Leadbetter Beach has the harbor and West Beach has a large beachfront area. But East Beach is the best stretch to catch some rays without being mobbed by crowds. You will have to protect yourself from the occasional rogue volleyball, as there are more than a dozen sandy courts here. And keep in mind that this shore can get a little crowded on the weekends, with limited available parking. Experienced beachgoers suggest walking to East Beach, if you can, and marking your territory early in the day.
"The beach itself is really clean and open," says one Yelp.com user. "If it gets too hot for you, you can always walk up towards the grassy area and lay under the palm trees."
East Beach is situated along East Cabrillo Boulevard, near Santa Barbara Zoo and east of State Street. It's open from sunrise to 10 p.m. each day. Picnic facilities, showers, lockers, a beach wheelchair and volleyballs are available to rent at the Cabrillo Pavilion Bathhouse. For more information on this beach as well as others, check out the City of Santa Barbara's website.