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Santa Barbara Beaches

1233 Channel Drive
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 Montecito California United States

Surf's Up

It's often a four-way tie when Santa Barbara locals are asked about their favorite beaches. Butterfly Beach is a west-facing golden strip of sand that may be the best place to watch a sunset, but there aren't many amenities besides the surf, sand and rocks below the seawall. Hendry's Beach is a favorite of dog walkers and is near to the Boathouse, an ideal spot with great sea views and delicious drinks. Family-friendly East Beach near Stearn's Wharf offers lifeguard stations, bike rentals, playgrounds, cafes, and beach volleyball, while Leadbetter Beach is local surfing beach and a great place to try stand-up paddleboarding.

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