Beach Walks

Arroyo Burro Beach

A beach walker's paradise.

Just having a quaint beachside restaurant at the ocean's edge makes this beach a nice place to visit. The coastline in either direction provides access to long stretches of relatively deserted beach. Read story.

Arroyo Hondo Trestles

Picturesque trestles and a unique beach

The trestles at the mouth of Arroyo Hondo Canyon are very picturesque, as is the beach below. The climb down to the beach is only the start of the adventure. Read story.

Butterfly Beach

Rated best for people watching and a great beach walk.

A delightful quarter mile long beach sits right at the foot of the Biltmore Hotel and Coral Casino. There is plenty of room to relax and enjoy the sun and surf or a walk in either direction at lower tides. The people watching is great too. Read story.

Carpinteria Beach

Wide expanses of beach and gentle surf make this beach a walker's paradise

Wide expanses of beach, gentle surf, and excellent claming during periods of minus tides make this beach a walker's paradise. There is lots of space in the park for day use or overnight stays. Read story.

Carpinteria Bluffs

Great sunset views, a harbor seal preserve and plenty of beach to explore.

Great sunset views, a harbor seal preserve and plenty of beach to explore in either direction. Read story.

Douglas Preserve

A great place to see the perfect sunset.

The walk along the edge of the cliff at sunset is one of the nicest you will find anywhere. The steps leading down to the beach at the end of Mesa Lane is nearby, making a very nice loop walk to Arroyo Burro via the beach and back up the trail. Read story.

East Beach Walking

Volleyball, a kid's playground and the beach walking is good.

East Beach is quintessential Santa Barbara: wide stretches of soft, white sand, palm-lined boulevards, the red-tiled roofs of the East Beach pavilion, and one of California's most picturesque combinations of wharf and harbor. The beach walking is good too. Read story.

El Capitan State Park

Though a state park, the beaches offer a secluded walk in either direction.

The beach front at El Capitan is so pleasant it is difficult to think of going anywhere else, but if you do you will find the beaches in either direction a wonderful treat. Read story.

Eucalyptus Lane

Though not well known, a hidden jewel.

Hidden at the foot of San Ysidro Road, Eucalyptus Lane provides beach access both to Fernald or Hammond's points. There are excellent tide pools, long stretches of beach, and a host of beautiful homes to enjoy. Read story.

Evening Stars

Carpinteria Beach in the evening light

Carpinteria advertises itself as having the "world's safest beaches". The beach walking here is pretty cool. Read story.

Gaviota State Park

Secluded beach walks make this a must-do place to explore

I have always found walking along the Gaviota beach to be a wonderful experience and I try to do it at least 3-or-4 times a year, usually in the winter months when it is much less crowded. West of the pier the coastline is rocky and you won't be able to get too far, but what you will discover as you walk to the east easily makes up for this. Read story.

Lookout Park

A picnic, beach walk and fantastic sunset - a bundle not to be missed

As you start down to the beach you'll discover why this is such an attractive place to come: a spectacular vista, a mile of wide beach front and lots of space to set out towels and beach gear and still feel like you are by yourself. Read story.

Loon Point

An enchanting point with great walks in either direction.

The cliffs near the parking area for the Loon Point beach walk soar upward like a bird in flight. Below them is an isolated stretch of beach leading to Lookout Park, as well as a delightful stroll around Loon Point, if the tide permits. Read story.

Mesa Lane - Gateway to Heaven

Loads of stairs and lots of fun.

Mesa Lane is a nice alternative access point to Arroyo Burro on the really warm days when there are huge crowds there. Ninety percent of the people who visit Arroyo Burro rarely venture more than a half mile in either direction, which means if you drop down from Mesa Lane you won't see too many people. Read story.

Point Sal

The only way in is by bike - or a very long walk.

Point Sal is one of my favorite places to go in the springtime when the wildflowers are in bloom. While I love the acres and acres of golden poppies and bush lupine you can find on the tip-top of Figueroa Mountain, there is something very special about the wildflowers you find on the steep windswept coastline leading to the point. Read story.

Refugio State Park

Whether for an overnight stay, a day relaxing by the seashore or or a great walk, Refugio provides it all.

Like El Capitan, Refugio Beach State Park has lots of space for picnicking and playing in the surf, and the water is usually calm, making this a relatively safe place for the kids to play at the ocean's edge. Read story.

Rincon Beach

Surf Paradise and a Great Beach Walk Too!

Though widely regarded as one of California's premier surf spots, Rincon Beach provides a wonderful place to explore the wide, sandy beaches. Read story.

San Onofre Beach

Secluded yet popular with great walks at lower tides

San Onofre Beach gets more use than other beaches along the Gaviota coastline so it isn't as uncrowded as some of the other beaches; nevertheless it rarely has more than 15-20 people here at any time. There are wonderful walks in either direction at low tide and it is 3 miles in either direction to Arroyo Hondo or Gaviota State Park. Read story.

Santa Barbara Harbor

Plenty of places to meander and the views from the breakwater are wonderful.

Walking along the edge of the harbor, listening to the sound of the sailboat lines clinking in the breeze, watching the seals lazily making their way through the channels and the boats of such varying types and sizes slowing making their way in and out is wonderful. Read story.

Santa Claus Lane

Santa's gone but the beach walking is still great

Santa's long gone but the beach walking is still great. When the tide's low you can meander as far as you'd like towards the harbor. Or you can just hang out on one of the nicest sand beaches on the coast. Read story.

Shoreline Park Beach Walking

The closest place to go for a secluded beach walk.

The park is long and thin, encompassing almost a mile of the bluffs just west of Santa Barbara Point. There are plenty of places for picnics and barbecues, equipment for the kids to play on, and a stairway leading down to the beach, where you can enjoy a quiet walk along the cliffs. Read story.

Tajiguas Beach

Though little known, this secluded beach is just a few miles north of Refugio

It is a bit of a hike down to the beach on the rough trail, but once you are there you'll find a long stretch of wide open sand and plenty of places to set out your gear for the afternoon. Read story.

The Forgotten Art of Beach Going

One Man’s Ode to Enjoying the Edge of the Continent

One man’s ode to enjoying the edge of the continent. Read story.

The Land of Sand Dunes and Flatbreads

Daytripping North to Los Alamos and Guadalupe

Hannah Tennant-Moore finds the charm of small town life as close as Los Alamos, but that's not before she relishes in the sands of the Guadalupe Dunes. It's a daytrip Santa Barbara residents owe to themselves to take. Read story.

Vista del Mar Beach

A small quarter mile long beach that has a very remote feeling to it.

Vista Del Mar provides an access point to the beach between Gaviota and San Onofre. A narrow trail leads down to the bluffs. Below is a small quarter mile long beach that has a very remote feeling to it. Read story.

point sal

Perhaps the single most beautiful road in the entire valley system.

Jalama Road is perhaps the single most beautiful road in the entire valley system. In springtime its emerald green grasses and oak hillsides and canyons are magnificent, but this is an excellent ride in any season. Read story.

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