Santa Barbara beaches have a welcoming spirit all their own, inviting visitors to take a deep breath and relax. Blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate and a coastal California lifestyle, area beaches beckon visitors to soak in the “vitamin sea.” From lounging on the beach to an active afternoon, everyone can enjoy the Santa Barbara coastline.

Santa Barbara has a variety of state beaches that offer perfect staging areas for visitors and locals to explore. Experienced kayakers will enjoy the remote North County beaches, and paragliders will delight in soaring over the scenic coastlines. Kiteboarders and windsurfers will enjoy the northwesterly winds that build in the afternoon, and surfers are lured to a bevy of surf breaks from Jalama Beach County Park to the perfect lines of Rincon County Park. For beginners, Refugio State Beach along the scenic Gaviota Coast is a great spot for those new to surfing and stand-up paddling alike.

Heading further east, kayakers, stand-up paddlers and longboarders enjoy sliding into the slow rollers below the bluff at Leadbetter Beach. From here you can jump on a beach cruiser and peddle the bike path east, past the Santa Barbara Harbor down to East Beach, a mecca for volleyball enthusiasts. Continue biking along the Andree Clark Bird Refuge and eventually to Butterfly Beach in Montecito.

You can finish the day at another favorite sunset locale — Summerland Beach County Park offers stunning views overlooking the Santa Barbara Channel and the Channel Islands National Park.


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