Bus 20 Beach Tour
Santa Barbara has great beaches! This page is an overview of the popular beaches from Montecito to Carpinteria.
Santa Barbara has good waves for surfing, but summer surf is generally small in town. This is because the Channel Islands sit off the coast directly to the south. Since the storm activity that creates waves is happening in the southern hemisphere winter, to get larger surf, one must travel about 30 minutes to the north or south so that you are out of the 'shadow' of the islands
- Butterfly Beach - This beach is close, great for the sunset, great for a walk. (can take bus 14 or 20, get off at Olive Mill Rd. or walk from East Beach or go by bike)
- Summerland - Nice little beach community with art galleries and antique shops. The beach is long and has a private feel to it. Get off bus 20 at Evans Ave and walk to beach
- Santa Claus Lane - Probably the most fun beach in town. Beautiful white sand, usually bigger waves, surfboard rentals/lessons available, lots of young people having fun! Get off bus 20 at Santa Claus Lane.
- Carpinteria State Beach - World's safest beach! That's what they say anyway. No riptides, great for swimming. Also the town of Carpinteria is a classic little beach town. Try a burger at The Spot! Get off bus 20 at Linden Ave.
- Rincon - This is one of the best surfing beaches in the world. It is known as the Queen of the Coast. The long point makes for perfectly shaped waves that can hold its form up to 8 meters tall. It is also a great spot for tide-pooling at low tides. Take bus 20 all the way to the end of the line.