Santa Barbara > Activity Guide > Beaches > Leadbetter Beach
Pros:  This is one of the busiest beaches in town.  A long strip of sand flanked by green grass at the base of the city college - who needs to wonder why!

Leadbetter is in the city on the edge of the "strip" and offers all the amenities. 

The Shoreline Beach Cafe offers diners tables on a patio or even in the sand. Outdoor showers, restrooms, a grassy picnic area combine to make this a mecca for the young and active.  The normally light surf draws beginning surfers, windsurfers and sailboats.

Our favorite part is at low tide you can walk around the point to a wonderfully private, isolated strip of beach. 

Cons:  Lots and lots of activity.  If you're seeking privacy, forget it (unless it's low tide and you can slip around the point...)  Not too many cons with this beach! 

Directions: From the 101 freeway exit Garden Street or Castillo Street. Turn south towards the ocean. Turn right on Cabrillo Blvd. After you have passed the harbor, Leadbetter will be on your left.  Some free, mostly paid parking.