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Santa Barbara Beaches

Welcome to Santa Barbara’s living room

With so many attractions, it's hard to pinpoint the one that gives Santa Barbara so much sizzle. We think a gorgeous palm-lined beach is a pretty safe bet though. This epic crescent of sand, just a mile from the hotel, has drawn everyone from Conquistadors to kayakers. Now it's your turn. What you'll find is an activity for every budget and interest from watersports and sunset strolls to wine tasting in the Waterfront district. And what State Street is to the rest of the city, the Cabrillo Bikeway is to the beachfront. We’re not a Santa Barbara beach hotel, but we’re so close, you can easily get to the bikeway on your Kimpton bicycle and brake for that perfect stretch of sand or a latte at a beachside café. Here you’ll find a beach for every pursuit from volleyball (East Beach) to people watching (Butterfly Beach). You can also surf, SUP, sail, snorkel and scuba dive with local operators who can provide instruction and show you the area hotspots. Book your stay near the Santa Barbara beach today.

East Beach

Walking distance: 2.0 miles

A beach volleyball mecca with over a dozen courts, East Beach is separated from West Beach and the Santa Barbara Harbor by Stearn’s Wharf. Beach highlights include, Pedestrian and bicycle path, playground, skate park, grass park, East Beach Grill and Cabrillo Pavilion Bathhouse, which offers showers, lockers, and volleyball rental.

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Butterfly Beach

Walking distance: 4.6 miles

One of the few west-facing beaches makes this location a great spot for sunsets over the water. A true locals beach along Channel Drive in Montecito as there are no public facilities. This mile-long beach is great for people watching, sunbathing, swimming, biking, and off-leash pets.

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Hendry’s Beach

Walking distance: 3.2 miles

Also officially known as Arroyo Burro County Beach located on Cliff Drive next to the Boathouse, an upscale seafood restaurant with popular happy hour. This off-leash pet friendly beach is great for surfing, swimming, picnics and nearby equestrian trails. Overlooking the beach with access from Cliff Drive is the 70-acre Douglas Family Preserve which makes for great wildlife viewing, hiking or even hang-gliding.

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