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East Beach

This picturesque mile-long city beach has an accessible play area, sand volleyball, and a restaurant with patio seating overlooking the beach. At the east end of the beach, where accessible bridges cross the mouths of Mission and Sycamore Creeks, is the Cabrillo Pavilion Bathhouse, built in 1927. At the west end, Stearns Wharf creates a natural delineation between East Beach and the smaller, busier West Beach. Wheelchair access to most of the beach is impeded by a small curb, iceplant, or a low seawall. There are two areas west of the bathhouse where you may be able to navigate your way onto the beach with a beach wheelchair: by lifeguard tower #3, or via several narrow sandy pathways through the iceplant. Behind the beach, Chase Palm Park, with lawns and tall palm trees, extends inland across Cabrillo Boulevard. 

Trail/Pathway Details

Cabrillo Beachway

Trailhead: Milpas Street at East Cabrillo Boulevard

Length: 1-2 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Level

Terrain: Hard


Cabrillo Beachway (also called the Santa Barbara Bike Path) is a palm-edged trail in constant motion with joggers, skaters, bicyclists, and colorful bicycle surreys that can be rented at concession stands along Cabrillo Boulevard. The path fronts East Beach and extends west a mile and a half to Leadbetter Beach, passing Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara Harbor. Across East Cabrillo Boulevard from the beach house, it continues northeast another half-mile to Andree Clark Bird Refuge. Every Sunday an art fair is held along the sidewalk near the wharf. 

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Beach Wheelchair: Yes

Available from the Adapted Programs division of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation, in the Cabrillo Bathhouse. They can be reserved Mon.-Fri., 8 am-5 pm, weekends 11 am-4 pm; call (805) 564-5421. If you have a secured way to transport it, a chair can be taken to other nearby beaches.

Accessible Parking: Yes

At both lots serving the Cabrillo Pavillion Bathhouse. Fees with disabled parking placard are 50 cents an hour, $4 maximum.

Accessible Restroom: Yes

Restrooms at the Cabrillo Bathhouse have old fashioned foot-operated toilet flushes. Other nearby accessible restrooms are behind the Santa Barbara Visitor Center at Garden Street and Cabrillo Boulevard, and at the foot of State Street by the entrance to Stearns Wharf. 

Accessible Picnic Tables: Yes

Next to volleyball courts

Other Things of Interest

An electric shuttle runs along the waterfront from the harbor to the zoo, 10 am-6 pm year-round; see the Metropolitan Transit District  for schedules. 
Level access to beach
Level access to beach (Entera)

Features icon key

  • Beach Wheelchairs Available
  • particularly good for families
  • picnic
  • swimming

Additional Information

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Managing Agency: City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation
Address: 1400 Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
Nearest City: Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 564-5418
Hours: Sunrise to 10 pm
Fees: Parking
Dogs: In restricted areas
Allowed in picnic areas and on walkways, but not on beach
Public Transportation: MTD Santa Barbara
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, September 12, 2008
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