Santa Barbara Beachfront Hotels

Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort

Fess Parker's Doubletree ResortFess Parker's Doubletree Resort, having newly finished a complete custom redesign of our guest rooms and public areas, is across from the beach, half a mile from Chase Palm Park and the Antique Carousel...more

Harbor View Inn

Harbor View InnWelcome to California's Central Coast's premier beachfront luxury boutique resort hotel. Where casual meets luxury in Santa Barbara; where the white sands of West Beach and historic Stearns Wharf converge with the...more

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The city of Santa Barbara sits on the longest east-west trending section of Pacific coastline in the United States. With this beautiful setting and marvelous Mediterranean climate, Santa Barbara easily earns its title as American Riviera. That's why many people vacation there. They want to enjoy the sun, the sand and mild weather. A favorite of tourists and locals, the off-street beachway is set aside for the enjoyment of bikers and skaters. There are several beaches, but most are not swimming destinations.

For most tourists, the main beach is East Beach. Swimming during the day is covered by lifeguards, at least during the height of the season. Kitesurfers and windsurfers head to Leadbetter Beach via the Santa Barbara City College or the marina. This is perfect for kitesurfing and windsurfing because it has a gentle surf and just enough wind to keep things moving. There are lifeguards at this destination also.

For whale watching, many visitors head to Shoreline Park, where there is also a playground and access to Mesa Beach. Mesa is a low tide beach only, and its stair access is cut off by high tide. Visitors to this beach should check the tides before venturing down to the ocean. For paragliding and hanggliding, adventurers head to Elings Park, off of US 101. From there you can enjoy this sport while enjoying spectacular views of the ocean. This is also a good place for mountain biking and other outdoor sports. For fireworks on the Fourth or New Year's, the place is West Beach. Although swimming is prohibited, this is a favorite launching spot for kayaking or sailing.

Arroyo Burro Beach is a public beach that is popular with locals and surfers. If you want to see some international surfing celebrities, you may spot them on this beach. The Douglas Family Preserve sits on the the mesa above Arroyo Burro. With its scenic ocean vistas, it's also a great place to watch for whales and dolphins. Watching the paragliders and hang gliders fly from Elings Park is almost as breathtaking as the sport itself. There are hiking trails that circle and criss-cross the wild areas of this 70-acre nature preserve.

Stearns Wharf offers a chance to walk right out over the water. It is also home to the Ty Warner Sea Center, an ocean-related museum. The Waterfront along the Santa Barbara Harbor offers a leisurely area to take in spectacular views, have a picnic, or watch the sunset. Area marinas offer boat charters include whale watching trips, sailing, sunset cruises, fishing, catamaran, power boats, and Channel Island tours. Kayaks, jet skis and dive gear are also available for rental. You can also get lessons in these sports.

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