The Santa Barbara beach scene is enjoyable all year round, thanks to our mild climate. From favorites across the street from Hotel Milo, to some of the county’s quieter gems—these are some of the best Santa Barbara beaches for walking.
Arroyo Burro Beach
Known by locals as Hendry’s Beach, this stretch of shore is one of the most captivating in Santa Barbara. Walk along the water, and explore the area’s impressive collection of rocks, shells, and tidepools. Also, this Santa Barbara beach is a must for dog-lovers, as it’s one of the most popular places for locals to take their pooches in town.
Located right near Santa Barbara Harbor, Leadbetter Beach is a convenient, gorgeous place for Hotel Milo guests to take a sunset stroll. From this Santa Barbara beach, you can take in views of the coastal cliffs, as well as surfers and paddle boarders hanging out by the break. To get a more elevated look at this scene, take your walk above the beach at the cliffside Shoreline Park.
A slightly remote, less-populated local beach in Santa Barbara, Summerland impresses with its broad shorebreaks, calm environment, and animal-watching opportunities. Another dog-friendly beach in Santa Barbara, Summerland is also a popular horseback riding spot, making it an exciting place to walk or ride!
This is one of the best beaches in Santa Barbara for walking, especially if you’re a fan of people and excitement. As you peruse this favorite local hangout, you can take in or join a local beach volleyball game, or do some great people-watching with the crowds heading to nearby Stearns Wharf. East Beach is right across the street from Hotel Milo, and features prominently in Grammy-winning country singer Jennifer Nettles’s music video for her song Hey Heartbreak.
One of the most elegant and pristine beaches in Santa Barbara, Butterfly is a can’t-miss. A popular sunbathing spot for local celebrities, it’s a great Santa Barbara beach for lounging and walking, surrounded by sea, cliffs and mountains. Located in nearby Montecito, it’s a great excuse to branch out and explore more of what Santa Barbara County has to offer.