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Key Info

1400 Cabrillo Boulevard

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Beaches, Recreation, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

There are three major beaches in Santa Barbara: Leadbetter, West and East. While Leadbetter has the harbor and West Beach is home to the fireworks on the Fourth of July, East Beach is the best stretch to catch some rays without being mobbed by crowds. 

The shoreline may still fill up more on the weekends but East Beach is a bit more removed from State Street and the downtown area than the other beaches, offering more space to stretch out or take a walk along the sandy shores. You may have to protect yourself from the occasional rogue volleyball though, as there are more than a dozen sandy courts here. 

Locals and visitors agree East Beach is the best strand of ocean in Santa Barbara, with its clean sands and free parking. There is also a full-service restaurant, East Beach Grill, right on the beach if you work up an appetite. 

East Beach is situated along East Cabrillo Boulevard, near the Santa Barbara Zoo. 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.

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#1 State Street

Santa Barbara's most famous avenue, State Street cuts through downtown and leads right onto Stearns Wharf. It's nearly impossible to miss with its shops, art galleries, theaters and museums like the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. You can grab a ride on the electric shuttle for 50 cents, but most travelers and locals recommend you walk to truly appreciate the ambiance.

After a few hours of shopping — with more than 300 shops and stores — visitors usually slide into a chair at one of the 160 local restaurants to refuel.

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