Beaches of Santa Barbara

spring break santa barbara beaches

Spring is here and what better way to celebrate the warm weather than by visiting one of Santa Barbara’s beautiful beaches? From picnics to kayaking, each beach offers something unique. Check out some of the best beaches below before planning your relaxing trip to Santa Barbara!


East Beach

East Beach is located at the eastern end of a four-mile stretch of city parks. At East Beach, you’ll find picnic facilities, over a dozen volleyball courts and a playground. If you don’t want to picnic, breakfast and lunch food is available at the East Beach Grill. Showers, lockers and volleyball rentals are at the nearby Cabrillo Pavilion Bathhouse. Dogs and alcohol are not allowed on this beach, so plan accordingly.


West Beach  

West Beach is situated between the Stearn’s Wharf pier and the Sea Landing. At West Beach, visitors can kayak, windsurf and play beach volleyball. The beach is also ideal for relaxing and swimming. Its wide bike path and family-friendly vibe make this beach popular among tourists. Amenities near West Beach include the West Beach Wading Pool, a playground and Los Baños Pool. Dogs and alcohol are also not allowed at this beach.


Other Beaches  

Other beautiful Santa Barbara beaches include Arroyo Burro Beach County Park and Leadbetter Beach. Locally known as “Hendry’s Beach,” Arroyo Burro Beach offers a picturesque stretch of ocean views. At Arroyo, visitors can surf, surf fish and picnic. Located across from Santa Barbara City College is Leadbetter Beach. Leadbetter is popular among beginner surfers, windsurfers and sailboat enthusiasts. Visitors can also reserve picnic and barbeque sites.

To clearly see the locations of each beach, take a look at this interactive map.


Whether you’re looking to relax or wind surf, Santa Barbara beaches are here to accommodate! And as you’re mapping out your fabulous beach trip, don’t forget to book a place to stay. Inn at East Beach and Spanish Garden Inn are two breathtaking boutique hotels, located right near the beach. Each hotel offers its own unique amenities, perfect after a long day at the beach.



Inn at East Beach
Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, the Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well- and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805.965.0546

Spanish Garden Inn
A stylish boutique hotel surrounded by fresh foliage and adorned with hand-painted art. 915 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 805.564.4700