West Beach in Santa Barbara is a wide beach located west of and adjacent to Stearns Wharf Pier at State Street. Be sure to visit the pier for shops and restaurants or the Sea Center of Santa Barbara, an interactive marine education facility, if you have kids to entertain. Other dining and shopping options are at the nearby harbor and up State Street. A bike path leads from here west to UCSB campus and east to Butterfly Beach for biking, skating, or just walking the waterfront.
Chase Palm Park and Recreation Center is located on both sides of Cabrillo Boulevard east of the Wharf. An impressive skatepark called Skater’s Point can be found at Chase Park near the pier. At the Santa Barbara Harbor parking area just steps from the beach is Los Banos Public Pool and the West Beach Wading Pool for kiddos.
The West Beach area of the waterfront has a lot of offer, but the beach itself is best for volleyball, kayaking, and boating. Because it’s so close to the harbor, swimming is not advised from the beach.
Look for parking along Cabrillo Blvd, in the lot just east of the pier at Garden Street, or even on the pier itself. East Beach is at the other end of Cabrillo Blvd where many volleyball courts and a beachside cafe can be found.
State St and W Cabrillo Blvd Santa Barbara, CA 93103