Butterfly Beach
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Channel Drive & Butterfly Lane
Santa Barbara California
93108
Butterfly Beach is the most west-facing beach in Santa Barbara. This makes it the best beach to watch a sunset, complete with incredible views of the city and the wharf.
 
East Beach
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E. Cabrillo Blvd. & Milpas St.
Santa Barbara California
93101
East Beach is often the first beach to be seen when entering Santa Barbara. Palm-shaded lawns and clean sand make this one of Santa Barbara's most popular beaches. The beach is also world famous for volleyball, hosting several top-notch tournaments each year.
 
Goleta Beach
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Sandspit Rd. off Hwy. 101
Goleta California
93111
Another favorite of just about everybody. This beach is for the easily bored. Between the excellent restaurant, volleyball, picnic and fishing facilities, you could entertain an entire cadre of folks - which is probably why it's a local favorite for company picnics.
 
Hendry's Beach
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Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara California
93109
Arroyo Burro Beach (also known as Hendry's Beach) is an extremely popular beach with surfers, joggers, and dog-walkers. There are 600 feet of sandy beach with volleyball, tidepools, and an adjoining grassy picnic area. The Boathouse Restaurant, featuring refined local fresh foods and fish is at the sand's edge.
 
Leadbetter Beach
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Shoreline & Loma Alta Dr.
Santa Barbara California
93101
One of the best beaches for swimming and family fun in Santa Barbara is Leadbetter Beach, just west of the Santa Barbara Marina. The beach is lined with a grassy picnic area with numerous barbecue pits, making Leadbetter the ideal place to hold a summer beach party.
 
Mesa Beach
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Below Shoreline Park
Santa Barbara California
93101
This long isolated beach is only accesible during low tides. There are access points at Mesa Lane, and at Santa Cruz Road, but little parking and no facilities.
 
Rincon Beach
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Bates Rd. off Hwy. 101
Carpinteria California
93013
Rincon is one of the premier surfing locations in the world, with an incredible right break. The stronger winter waves leave a rocky shoreline. But by summer, the ocean currents have deposited enough sand to form an enjoyable swimming beach.
 
West Beach
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E. Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara California
93109
West Beach is nestled between the wharf and marina, directly across from the Veteran's Center. It is a relatively quiet beach, despite being so close to Motel Row. There aren't any facilities on the beach, but food is available within walking distance.