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East Beach, Santa Barbara

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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... 
    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... 
    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 »
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  • This is a fabulous beach. I am sitting here right now with my family on Memorial Day, and it’s not crowded at all. The sand is soft, and the water is somewhat warm (for California waters). It is walkable to the pier, though there are restrooms between East Beach and the pier. Also, there is free street parking right on Cabrillo Blvd. We were lucky enough to find a spot very quickly, allowing us to take a short one-minute walk from our car to the beach.
  • We walk along East Beach at least twice a week. Lots of good parking and lots of space to hang on the beach without folks crowding you. We usually walk past the Volleyball net so our dog can have a bit of freedom. It's my favorite Santa Barbara beach. It's a clean beach but lately a bit of tar. I highly recommend visiting this beach for along stroll.

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