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About Butterfly Beach in Montecito, California

Butterfly Beach is located along Channel Drive in ritzy Montecito, CA. This is a popular beach with Santa Barbara area locals, many who walk their dogs at the water’s edge. The beach has been eroded here so the sandy part is thin sometimes especially at high tide and after winter storms. Rocks and broken concrete barriers are trying to protect the bluff and the road.

Getting here is easiest if you just drive toward the ocean on Olive Mill Road which turns into Channel Drive near the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort. Park along the waterfront on Channel Drive or on Butterfly Lane if necessary. Near Butterfly Lane there is a stair to the widest part of the beach. At lower tides, it’s possible to walk all the way to East Beach in Santa Barbara. In the other direction the narrow shoreline leads to Hammonds Beach. There is a paved bike path that runs from the Santa Barbara Pier to Butterfly Beach if you are coming from the city and have a bike or wish to rent one. There are no public restrooms at Butterfly Beach so plan accordingly.

Butterfly Ln and Channel Dr
Montecito, CA 93108
County Beach
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash
Free street parking
Sunbathing, Biking, Fishing, Beach Walking
No Facilities
Map of Butterfly Beach
Montecito, US
8:16 am, July 16, 2024
temperature icon 66°F
L: 66° H: 85°
Feels like 66.33 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 0 m/s
UV Index: 1.32
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:58 am
Sunset: 8:10 pm
Humidity 77 %
Pressure1015 mb
Wind 0 m/s

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