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Santa Barbara Beaches

By Viator, March 2013

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With a mean annual temperature of 72 and miles of pristine coastline, this coastal town routinely makes Best Of beaches lists; some for beauty, some for seclusion, and some for sport activities. Whether you’re in town wanting some beach time to play, catch rays, or have some alone time with a loved one – Santa Barbara beaches will please.

Santa Barbara is a coastal city, true, but in this part of the California coast, the beaches typically face south, not west, and as a general rule of thumb, though the breeze might be cool, the sun is still doing work so remember to wear sunscreen accordingly.

West Beach is popular with tourists as its right at the bottom of State Street and adjacent to the pier. Note the walking/bike path that runs its length. Walk East of West Beach and you’ll find yourself in East Beach – famous for its volleyball courts, though also nice and expansive to allow for room to stretch out.

Further East still, and you’ll find Butterfly Beach, which is a popular local’s beach and located right by the Four Seasons Biltmore. This is also a rare west-facing beach, so it makes for some spectacular sunset viewing.

Leadbetter Beach has been nicknamed “Bed-Wetter” beach for its long slow point break, which is great for beginning surfers. It’s also right downtown, just west of Santa Barbara City College. The open bar-be-queue pits make for great family outings.

The best beaches for surf are Rincon, which is about a 20 minute drive south of Santa Barbara proper, but is a world-famous point break and correspondingly crowded. In-town, there’s Hendry’s beach, which is also a dog beach and a popular place to watch the sunset.

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Surfing Lesson in Santa Barbara

Learn to surf in beautiful Santa Barbara! Your expert instructor will teach you how to stand up on your board and ride the perfect wave, offering tips on ...  Read more

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $84.99

Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson in Santa Barbara

Learn to stand-up paddleboard in beautiful Santa Barbara, with all equipment included! Your expert guide will teach you how to paddle, offer balance tips and ...  Read more

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $84.99

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