Play volleyball, hit the playground, or grab a bite at the East Beach Grill. 1400 Cabrillo Blvd.
Launch a kayak, go stand-up paddle boarding or windsurfing. 299 West Cabrillo Blvd.
Learn to surf on the mellow waves that roll in below the cliffs. Shoreline Dr. and Loma Alta.
Take in a romantic sunset at this west-facing beach, across from the Four Seasons Biltmore in Montecito. 1260 Channel Dr.
A locals' favorite, with a nice wide beach, great for families. Shopping and food on nearby Santa Claus Lane. Just north of Carpinteria.
AKA Hendry's, this beach is dog friendly, has great sunsets, tide pools and bluffs. Dine at The Boathouse. 2981 1/2 Cliff Dr.
Famous for a world-class point break, Rincon attracts surfers from around the globe. Just south of Carpinteria.