hard to say enough about this beach. Beautiful, long, sandy, deep even
at high tide and bordered by a grassy, tree-lined park.
It has all the amenities a sun
worshipper could wish for - a full beach house, snack bar, volleyball
courts, play area for children, and a bike/rollerblading bath.
It's also a favorite for special activities - Saturday afternoon
drumming, Sunday afternoon art show or an occasional soccer game.
East Beach is in front of some of the largest hotels in Santa Barbara
so it is the Santa Barbara default beach.
Cons: There is plenty of parking but it tends to be
scattered. The free parking goes fast.
Note: If you have children
you need to make sure that they stay away from the road.
Cabrillo Blvd. is one of the busiest streets in Santa Barbara and
the traffic goes very fast, regardless of the 25 mph signs posted
along a large stretch of the road.
Beach is accessible from just about any exit along downtown Santa
Barbara - Carrillo Blvd, Milpas, Garden, Castillo. Turn away
from the mountains and when you reach Carrillo, you can't miss the
huge stretch of park between Stearns Wharf and the bird refuge.