Lesser-known places to have fun in the sun

Posted By Horizon Staff April 30th, 2013 in Features : 0 COMMENTS

Katie Pluymert

Staff Writer

It’s a beautiful, clear day, and classes are done. Sounds like the perfect day for some sun and surf! Most Westmont students head to Butterfly Beach in Montecito or East Beach in Santa Barbara, both easily accessible by shuttle. But, there are plenty of other gorgeous beaches in the Santa Barbara area that are more than worth the extra effort it takes to get there.

There are even alternative beaches still accessible by the shuttle, within walking distance of Butterfly Beach.

“The good surf spots are directly to the left of Butterfly: Hammonds Beach and Coral Beach,” said first-year Andy Grubbs. “It is easy for students without a car to hop on the shuttle with their boards and hit up these spots for some waves after class on a nice day.”

Another option is Hendry’s Beach, located near the Boathouse restaurant off of Cliff Drive. Also known as Arroyo Burro Beach, this public beach offers free showers and other public amenities, providing the necessities for an entire day at the seaside (santabarbara.com). Hendry’s boasts a wide and long stretch of sand with plenty of room to spread out and relax. It is also a popular spot for surfers.

A Santa Barbara native, second-year Megan Kooyman also advocates for a few of the lesser-known beaches around town. Besides East and Butterfly, she suggests visiting Santa Claus (Carpinteria/Summerland area), Ledbetter Beach (by City College and the Mesa), and Campus Point (a.k.a. Deveraux, located near UCSB).

“My favorite would be Santa Claus Beach,” Kooyman said. “It’s a big sandy beach that is lesser known, but a really fun place to swim, paddleboard, surf, play beach volleyball or sunbathe.”

Lastly, Shoreline Park located on Shoreline Drive in Santa Barbara ought not be overlooked. With large open grassy areas, public access to grills and picnic tables, and a beautiful cliff-top view of the beach below, this spot only requires that you bring the food and friends for a weekend barbeque get-together. Ledbetter Beach is accessible through stairs that lead from the park to the waterfront, giving guests the options of park or beach.

If the overwhelming crowds at East and Butterfly Beaches have ever foiled weekend plans, try out one of these Santa Barbara beach alternatives.  (But first, get a car.)

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