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East Beach, Santa Barbara

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Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
East Beach located in Santa Barbara, California, United States, is often the first beach seen upon entering the city limits. East Beach is separated from West Beach by Stearn's Wharf, and is proximal to downtown Santa Barbara. East Beach is the primary beach for tourists, as some of the major Santa Barbara hotels face this beach. Cabrillo Bathhouse and Gym are also located on East Beach.
East Beach is world-famous for volleyball, as it hosts several volleyball tournaments each year.
East Beach has three lifeguard towers numbered five, four, and three (lifeguard towers two and one are on Leadbetter Beach), which are open during the summer months. The stretch of beach is not frequented as a surfing destination. East Beach is also home to the Santa Barbara Junior Lifeguards, who operate for seven weeks during the summer.
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  • There is a pedestrian/bike path parallel to the beach. If you walk a bit down from the corner of Stearns wharf and State Street, you will find a nice sandy stretch of beach, a bit away from the...  more »
  • East beach is situated on Cabrillo Blvd as you enter the beach area from Los Angeles. Take the Cabrillo exit and turn left. The beach also has areas for sand-play and a tasty outside cafe. The...  more »
  • Beautiful uncrowded beach! There‚Äôs free parking all along the road. You can bike around or walk along the water. When I went, there was barely anyone. You get a good view of Stearns Wharf also.
  • Love East beach. Easy parking, free volleyball and great sand. Go down to the West side of the beach as there is more things happening around there. B they used to have a beach restaurant but they tore it down and they are building something new. If you want to dine on the beach go to leadbetter beach which is not far away

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