east beach santa barbara


East Beach Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara Beaches



Santa Barbara, CA -- East Beach in Santa Barbara is one of several beaches that front the Pacific Ocean. East Beach and West Beach are part of a long stretch of sandy beaches delineated by a separation at Stearns Wharf at Cabrillo Boulevard and State Street. (State Street is the primary shopping, dining and tourism artery in Santa Barbara.)


East Beach extends south over a mile from the wharf toward Montecito while West Beach extends north. East Beach sands are separated by a what appears as a small river tributary or stream seen in picture above and located where Mission Creek empties into the Pacific Ocean. Mission Creek, which flows through Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens in Mission Canyon, approx. four miles northwest of the beach, includes a rock dam which was constructed in 1806 by Native American Indians. Built under the direction of Spanish padres from Mission Santa Barbara located approx. 1.5 miles south of the Botanic Gardens (and 2.5 miles from East Beach), Mission Creek is a California Historic Landmark. Its presence at the beach is not noticeable in much of the literature available to tourists who wander past the creek and stay at hotels next to it. As a tourist, it is important to note that urban runoff from the creek has been monitored regularly for water quality and health issues. In a five year monitoring study, the water quality has improved and been given a B grade in dry beach conditions.


On East Beach you'll see activities such as a weekly artists' show with quality artwork, crafts and gifts. The handmade products sold by craftsmen make wonderful, personal art for home decor, collecting or for gift giving. Running the length of East Beach is a paved path, constantly in motion with joggers, skaters, bicyclists and colorful bicycle surreys guests can rent at beach concessions.


Beach picnic facilities, more than a dozen volleyball courts (available for rent by reservation) on the beach, and a full service restaurant at the East Beach Grill are a few of the amenities of this city operated beach. The City of Santa Barbara actually features an excellent e-parks function on their website showing availability of the rental facilities, plus credit card reservations done on the Internet. At East Beach, the a 1927 structure, Cabrillo Pavilion Bathhouse, offers showers, lockers, a weight room, beach wheelchair and volleyball rental. Location: 1119 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, California.


Two picnic rental areas with picnic tables include a beach location, playground, snack stand and volleyball courts. Recommended for uses such as Dinners, General Rental, Parties and Picnics, you can check out pricing by calling during business hours, (805) 564-5418. santabarbaraca.gov

While Santa Barbara temperatures can be a few degrees cooler than Los Angeles and Orange County beaches, sunbathers can snuggle in the sand for a suntan, rest and relaxation or sit and watch the parade of people passing by. In addition to the Sunday art vendors, visitors may sometimes see drumming circles on Saturday afternoon. The drumming circle is not a formal organization or group. It usually includes drummers who bring bongos and a variety of hand drumming instruments to play in rhythm with others who show up.  It's a communal experience for the drummers who play in sync and interesting to watch for guests.


Getting there: Exit Highway 101 at Coast Village Road and go north on Cabrillo Blvd. or exit from Carillo, Castillo and Garden Streets.