There are four miles of beaches in Santa Barbara to visit to soak up some sun and play in the sand. The Thousand Steps Beach is a rock and sand beach reachable by steep stairs that seem like a thousand steps, but tide pools and white sand make it worth it. Shoreline Park Beach offers beautiful natural features and great sunsets. If you’re staying at Cheshire Cat Inn, Shoreline is just a 10-minute drive away. These are just two of the several awesome beaches in the area. Here are some activities for a day at the beach in Santa Barbara.
Play Beach Volleyball at East Beach
East Beach is where a lot of the activity is in Santa Barbara and a hot spot for tourists. Play a round of sand volleyball or bocce ball and then cool off with a refreshing drink at the East Beach Grill. There’s also a nearby park where you can ride bikes down paved paths.
Stand up paddleboarding has become a new trend in beach vacations. If you might need a lesson before you start, Cal Coast Adventures offers rentals and lessons. The lessons are private so you’ll get your own guide and be a paddleboard master in no time. They offer tours at West Beach and Butterfly Beach. If you’re already an expert, almost every beach offers hourly paddleboard rentals. You can even do stand-up paddleboard yoga.
Visit Stearns Wharf
One of the most popular destinations for visitors, Stearns Wharf offers beach, restaurants, a water taxi from Santa Barbara harbor, and the Sea Center. At the sea center, you can encounter native sea creatures and even pet sharks in their shark cove. Visit the bait shop and cast a line at the end of the wharf. Wind down at the end of the day with seafood at one of the Wharf’s restaurants and watch an unforgettable Santa Barbara sunset.
Sailing the Pacific Ocean is truly a once in a lifetime experience. You can get ASA certified if you want to drive your own boat, or take a guided private tour. Public sailing cruises are a great way to enjoy the water with other vacationers. You can book a sunset cruise and sip a glass of wine while you see dolphins jump out of the water against the California sunset. You can also take special whale watching cruises and dinner cruises.