5 Best Ways to Spend a Day at the Beach

A beach day is a must if you’re in Santa Barbara! Visiting this beautiful city without making your way to the coast is practically a crime. Beautiful water, sunny days, and perfect weather makes nearly any day a perfect beach day. So grab your sunnies, umbrella, sunscreen, and towel and head down to the water!

Read a book


Is there a better way to relax on the beach than by reading a book? Lay out your towel, pick up your latest read, and relax into getting lost between the pages. Whatever your book of choice is, the waves and gulls make the perfect background noise as you read.

Kayaking on the water

If you’re looking for something a little more active, getting out on the water is a great pastime. Santa Barbara offers several kayak tours that will let you see our beautiful city from a new perspective. Explore caves, the San Diego Bay, and more during your tour.

Go swimming

It might seem obvious, but it’s still worth mentioning! Getting in the beautiful water is the best way to appreciate the beach. Even if you’re just dipping your toes in, we can’t recommend a beach day without enjoying the water itself.

Play frisbee

Is there any better way to play frisbee than with the sand between your toes? Toss the frisbee back and forth and get as competitive as you want. Maybe you’ll decide on a friendly game, or maybe you’ll up the stakes and declare the loser buys dinner!

Cloud gazing


Sometimes the purpose of a beach day is to relax. So take that time to gaze up at the clouds and try to spot the different shapes! Enjoy the sound of the waves crashing against the shore and let your imagination run wild.

Stay close to the beach

When you take a trip to Santa Barbara, you’ll want to be close to the water. Stay at Marina Beach Motel and enjoy all of the perks–including being just a half block from the beach! We also offer complimentary breakfast each morning so you can start your day with a full stomach.

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