Located just 6 miles south of Santa Barbara is Summerland Beach at Lookout Park. Known for its laidback vibes, Summerland Beach is the perfect oceanfront venue for rest and relaxation. Its proximity to the park also makes it an ideal location for an all-day affair. The area offers amenities such as grills, outdoor games, picnic tables, playground, volleyball court, restrooms, and more, available from 8 a.m. to sunset. If you plan to bring man’s best friend, but please be mindful that dogs are required to remain on their leash.
Things to Do at Summerland Beach
Summerland Beach is the only beach on Santa Barbara’s South Coast where people can go horseback riding on the beach. The local tour company Los Padres Outfitters offers two-hour guided horseback rides on both the sand and throughout the backcountry of Summerland. The beach also boasts pristine, smooth waters which makes it a popular spot for paddle boarding, kayaking and light swimming.
While at Summerland Beach, we also recommend taking a short walk to Loon Point, another favorite among locals. This spot is known for its tidepools and surf break.
Summerland Beach Café
A block away from the sand and the sea sits Summerland Beach Café. The café was opened in 1981 inside of a historic Victorian home that dates back to the mid-1800s. The menu features home-style cooking for breakfast and lunch. Guests and their furry friends can choose to sit inside on the front porch overlooking downtown or on the cozy, wooded back patio.
How to Get to Summerland Beach
After arriving in Summerland, take a turn on to Evans Avenue and head towards the beach. From there, drive under Highway 101 where you’ll see the entrance to Lookout Park.