A visit to Santa Barbara wouldn't be complete without a few steps in the sand. Located just steps away from the area's most exclusive beach and only a short drive along the coast to Santa Barbara's most popular beaches and seafood restaurants, the Montecito Inn offers a convenient and seamless transition into the area's active and sophisticated seaside culture. Year-round sandy shores provide endless enjoyment of this beautiful part of the California coast.
Butterfly Beach, one of the more elegant beaches in the area, offers the perfect atmosphere for sunbathing, relaxing and taking in the sunset with a glass of wine or champagne. Moving along from Montecito to Santa Barbara is East Beach, perfect for families and those seeking an active beach experience with its exceptional public facilities, including a changing pavilion and restaurant. Some of the world's greatest volleyball players once honed their skills at the famed East Beach volleyball nets. On the other side of the stretch is Leadbetter Beach, a popular choice for getting everyone together for a beach barbecue, or even some modest surfing. If you've caught your share of waves before, or just want to catch a view of some of the local skills, there's no better place than Rincon Point, made famous by some of the world's greatest surfing champions.
If you're in the mood for other water activities such as kayaking, jet skiing or sailing, or you simply wish to watch the sights from ashore, West Beach and the Harbor are the places to be. For a simple stroll along the beach after brunch or just before sunset, our Concierge suggests Hendry's Beach, close to the famous Hope Ranch community. Hendry's beach is a beautiful setting, pet-friendly and attracts locals and those in the know. The Boathouse offers an excellent dining experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We recommend making reservations, as this is one of the more popular restaurants in Santa Barbara. Close to some of the area's most popular attractions and restaurants featuring casual and upscale cuisine with great local seafood, a day at the beach in Santa Barbara can be just about anything you want it to be. To view an interactive map of beaches in Santa Barbara, California, visit www.santabarbaraca.gov/parks/index.html.
Butterfly Beach reflects the community of Montecito quite well in that it is elegant, intimate, understated and relaxing. This pet-friendly beach is where Montecito locals sink their feet in the sand for a day of sunbathing or a morning or afternoon walk. At the street level, a stone-hewn wall is a common perch for romantics taking in one of Santa Barbara's beautiful sunsets with a glass of wine. Though well known, the elegant surroundings of this beach make for an intimate ambience…enough so, that it's a favorite among some of Santa Barbara's celebrity residents and visitors. Just steps away from the Montecito Inn and Coast Village Road, this is undoubtedly the best way to immerse yourself in the local culture upon your arrival. Butterfly Beach is open from sunrise - 10pm. For more information about Butterfly Beach, please visit www.santabarbara.com/activities/beaches/butterfly/.
East Beach offers the ultimate beachside location with wonderful amenities, including more than ten beach volleyball courts made famous by some of the greatest to have every played the game, picnic tables, changing rooms and a full-service restaurant, the East Beach Grill, that all combine to make it very well suited for families and those looking for a more active beach experience. East Beach is also just steps away from the Santa Barbara Zoo. Located at 1400 Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, California, East Beach is open from sunrise - 10 pm. For more information about East Beach and to make picnic reservations, please visit www.santabarbaraca.gov/parks/parks_beach_main.html.
Leadbetter Beach offers a prime waterfront spot adjacent to Shoreline Park and the Santa Barbara Harbor. Known for its being a great place to swim and surf, you can refuel throughout the day at the popular Shoreline Beach Café. You can also be in charge of the grill, yourself, at any one of the nearby barbecue and picnic areas. Leadbetter Beach is located directly across from Santa Barbara City College at the intersection of Loma Alta and Shoreline Drive and is open from sunrise - 10 pm. To learn more about visiting Leadbetter Beach, please visit www.santabarbaraca.gov/parks/parks_beach_main.html/.
Rincon Point and Beach
Rincon Point offers some of Santa Barbara's - in fact, some of California's - best surfing. Known well in the surfing community, Rincon Point has seen the likes of some of the greatest surfers of all time. A bit off the beaten path, Rincon Point is located 10 miles south of Montecito at the Santa Barbara / Ventura border. There are two sides to the point: surfing to the south and beach to the north. At the bluffs above the beach is a picnic area with views that stretch from Santa Barbara towards Ventura. The beach is open from sunrise - 10pm. To learn more about Rincon Point & Beach, please visit www.santabarbara.com/activities/surfing/.
West Beach and Harbor
West Beach offers 11 acres of sandy shores, west of Stearns Wharf,
for swimming and sunbathing and water sports such as kayaking, jet skiing, wind surfing, and sailing. West Beach is also where you can board the Condor Express for a day of whale watching. The local Channel Islands National Park offers some of the best whale watching in the world, as one third of the cetacean species on Earth make their way through the Channel at various times of the year. Staying onshore, beach volleyball nets are open to the public, and the adjacent bike path provides a direct route to Stearns Wharf on one side and the Harbor on the other. Both offer restaurants with great seafood and a welcoming casual atmosphere. West Beach is open from sunrise - 10pm. To learn more about West Beach, please visit www.santabarbaraca.gov/parks/parks_beach_main.html/.
Hendry's Beach boasts large cliffs that come down to sandy shores, which stretch far enough for a long walk. If there's one place to see pods of dolphins or even a breaching whale while, all while keeping your feet in the sand, this is it. A pet-friendly beach, and a natural setting that's seemingly untouched, Hendry's Beach is a local favorite. The sophisticated yet comfortable Boathouse restaurant is right on the beach, offering an unparalleled view and atmosphere. A popular place for weekend brunch and sunset cocktails and dinner, reservations are highly recommended. Hendry's Beach is open from sunrise - 10pm. To learn more about Hendry's Beach, please visit www.santabarbara.com/activities/beaches/arroyoburro/.