Any trip to Santa Barbara is sure to be packed with restaurant and bar hopping, given the many options available throughout the city. Sometimes, though, you might want to take a break and hit the beach with a more refreshing beverage in hand. From freshly squeezed, organic juices to the greatest milkshake in town, here’s our list of the best beach “cocktails” in SB:


Blender’s in the Grass is a Santa Barbara native’s favorite spot for giant smoothies with classic fruit combos. For just $5 you can get a 24 ounce drink that will keep you refreshed for an entire afternoon at the beach. Try the Tropical Pineapple to get you in summer mode, the 50/50 for something sweet and reminiscent of an orange creamsicle, or build your own!

Blender’s in the Grass. 720 State Street. 805 962 5715.

The Spot

The Spot, located just off the beach in Carpinteria, is an old-fashioned burger joint that serves the best milkshakes, malts and freezes in town. It’s a funky place to take a break from the sun and refuel with classic American food. It’s been a local secret for years but more and more visitors are coming to check out the quaint patio and delicious drinks made with real ice cream. We recommend the chocolate-chip shake for an afternoon indulgence.

The Spot. 389 Linden Ave. 805 684 6311.

Ah Juice

Ah Juice is an example of a company that truly sticks to it’s promise of sustainability and fresh, organic quality. Operating with a small cafe on Haley Street as well as a delivery system, juices are cold-pressed daily and made with 95% locally sourced ingredients. The menu is constantly changing based on what is in season, but if you’re looking for a healthy pick-me-up from the night before, this is your spot.

Ah Juice. 432 East Haley. 805 698 5443.

Backyard Bowls

Backyard Bowls specializes in acai bowls of all variety as well as unique smoothies. We love the classic ‘Berry Bowl’ for breakfast, but if you’re on the run, stop by and grab an acai smoothie for a drink that will transport you straight to the beaches of Brazil. If you prefer something zesty, go for the Tropical Ginger made with mango, pineapple, ginger and coconut milk.

Backyard Bowls. 331 Motor Way. 805 845 5379.

Juice Ranch  

The Juice Ranch in Santa Barbara offers a variety of juices and elixirs all designed to bring you some health benefit while tasting delicious at the same time. Made entirely of raw, organic ingredients and packed in eco-friendly glass bottles, these are the perfect drinks to bring to the beach no matter what you’re craving. We love the Jalapina, made with pineapple, cucumber, cilantro, mint, lime and jalapenos, as well as the Strawberry Pearl, made with cashews, strawberries, pearl powder and himalayan salt.

Juice Ranch. 33 Parker Way. 805 845 4657.