If you find yourself in Santa Barbara during the spring season, expect to find warm spring-like temperatures and lots of California sunshine. Spring goers are guaranteed to love the variety of outdoor activities that celebrate our beautiful landscapes and bounty of beaches.
To ensure you’re following healthy travel practices in accordance with the California Department of Public Health, we’ve outlined the top activities that can safely be enjoyed solo or with loved ones at the recommended social distance. From hiking and biking to surfing and long beach walks with Fido, there’s plenty of reasons to be outdoors this spring.
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MOUNTAINS TO BEACHES
Make spring in Santa Barbara as relaxing or adventurous as you want it to be. From mountains to beaches, Santa Barbara has all the outdoor offerings you could ask for. Use this downtime to clear your head with a scenic hike. At this time of year, hillsides are covered in wildflowers, which is motivation enough to hit the trails for a picturesque photo op.
Santa Barbara knows how to show off some serious beach vibes, too. Think swaying palm trees, unforgettable sunsets, pearly white sands and sparkling waters. At one of the area’s seven not-to-be-missed beaches, get your feet wet with a range of activities, experiences, and excursions beyond building sandcastles. Reenergize with a sunrise salutation or leisurely walk on the beach. Our panoramic ocean and mountain views can be downright cathartic.
GET ON THE WATER
Spring is the time to channel your “Endless Summer” spirit and catching waves has been a favorite pastime among locals long before it was a world-recognized sport. Offering something for every ability level, you’ll be able to find the perfect set at one of these top Santa Barbara surfing breaks. For a more chill experience, head to Santa Barbara Harbor for additional ways to get out and on the water. Glide your way across the Pacific and into serene ocean surroundings with a kayak or stand up paddle board.
FIND A PATH
Santa Barbara is a super bike-friendly town. Gear up for a leisurely palm tree-lined ride along the Waterfront on the Cabrillo Bike Path from Leadbetter Beach to Butterfly Beach. Make a pitstop on historic Stearns Wharf to look for sea lions then continue riding past the Andree Clark Bird Refuge. For an action-packed ride, mountain bikers love the challenge of Santa Barbara’s front and backcountry trails. No matter what path you take, enjoy the sun on your face and breeze in your hair.