About Campus Point Beach in Isla Vista, California
Campus Point Beach is on the east side of Goleta Point at the University of California Santa Barbara campus. Students and surfers call the area east of the point Campus Point and the area west of the point Depressions. Campus Point Beach has two separate sandy beach areas. One is in front of the Campus Lagoon and the other is below the bluffs of the main campus. This latter beach is narrow at high tide and is shaded in the afternoons. Campus Point is known as a beginners surfing beach, but conditions can produce barrels here at times. Get here by following signs to UCSB from Highway 101 then turning onto Lagoon Road at the roundabout inside the Henley Gate. Parking can be found in a large lot at the end of Lagoon Road next to the , but it is very limited while school is open during the week and it’s not cheap. To reach the beach below the steep bluff you can walk around the buildings or use the stairwell at the other end of the parking lot. From here you can walk on the beach or along the bluff to Goleta Beach Park or find a path for walking around UCSB Lagoon directly behind Campus Point Beach.
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