Santa Barbara and surrounding vicinity features a diverse set of beaches ranging from the state park beaches north of town, to the wide flat sand beaches in the vicinity of lower State Street. Beach side bars and restaurants can be found – and are part of the enjoyment of visiting some of the area beaches. State Park beaches charge an entry/parking fee – a receipt is given to you with a piece of tape that you tape to your windshield. Once you purchase entry to one of the State Park beaches, you are allowed to enter any of the others on the same day without paying admission again.
The following beaches are located between Goleta in the north and Carpinteria in the south. All state beaches have lifeguards during the summer months. During off season, these life guard ‘shacks’ are empty. We have seen people swimming most every month of the year – even in the winter you can sometimes have very warm periods.