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Leadbetter Beach

Busy Leadbetter Beach, a broad, half-mile-long swath of sand along a shallow cove between Santa Barbara Point and the breakwater, just down the hill from Santa Barbara City College, is popular for swimming, windsurfing, and picnics. A picnic area with barbecue grills is on grass with palm trees between the parking lot and beach. At the south end of the beach is a restaurant with outdoor patio seating that overlooks the beach. You’ll find level access to the beach here or by the accessible parking spaces in the Harbor West lot. Just beyond the Harbor West lot is Santa Barbara Harbor, where you can connect to the Cabrillo Beachway, a widely used pedestrian/bicycle trail that travels east along the waterfront for more than two miles. 

Accessibility Details

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

Beach Wheelchair: Yes

If you have a secured way to transport a beach chair, two are 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.

Accessible Parking: Yes

A few accessible spaces inside the paid area are at the end farthest from entry. Two accessible spaces are outside the paid area, in front of the café. Additional paid parking is in the Harbor West lot, opposite the beach lot.

Accessible Restroom: Limited Accessibility

The restrooms meet our access criteria except that there is room only for a front-approach transfer, the stall is not deep enough to close the door, and there's a sharp 90-degree turn into the stall. The closet accessible restroom is at the harbor.  

Accessible Picnic Tables: Yes

Paved paths at both ends of the beach lead to two picnic areas on concrete pads. Others may be accessible but require travel across firm grass.
Looking west toward Santa Barbara Point
Looking west toward Santa Barbara Point (Bonnie Lewkowicz )

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  • Beach Wheelchairs Available
  • picnic
  • swimming

Additional Information

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Managing Agency: City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation
Address: Loma Alta Dr. and Shoreline Dr., 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, July 13, 2008
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