The Best Winter Beaches in Santa Barbara

We all know Santa Barbara is a beautiful place to visit year round, with its abundance of sunshine and impeccable weather. The beaches are world-class and perfect for kicking back and relaxing, even during the winter months. So we’ve rounded up the best winter beaches in Santa Barbara to make sure you get the most out of your visit.

Leadbetter Beach

If you’re a surfer, you’ll definitely want to check out Leadbetter Beach! Not only is this on our best winter beaches list because it’s beautiful, but also because the winter is the best time to surf here! The gentle waves make Leadbetter the perfect place for new surfers to try their hand at the sport. And if you’re not one to get on a surfboard, you can still relax in the sand and people watch!

Rincon Beach

Another great surf spot, Rincon Beach truly has it all! Santa Barbara’s surf is at its best during the winter, so if you’re a surfer you don’t want to miss out on catching these waves. But aside from that, Rincon Beach is a popular picnic spot, as people are drawn by its scenic beauty! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy and your camera to capture the incredible views.

West Beach

West Beach makes our list of best winter beaches in SB not only because of its beautiful sand and deep blue water, but also because of its nearby activities! Take a break from your sunbathing and walk along Stearns Wharf or window shop at the stores. There’s also a convenient path along the waterfront that’s perfect for walking or biking!

Santa Claus Beach

Come on–is there a beach that evokes a more wintery or Christmassy feel than Santa Claus Beach? We don’t think so either. And the best part is even though the name might evoke thoughts of the North Pole, you won’t find any snow here–just sand!

Are you planning on visiting Santa Barbara’s best winter beaches?

Turn your beach day into a staycation at Marina Beach Motel, just a half block from West Beach. Take a stroll to the beach or take advantage of our free bicycle rentals for guests and bike over! See our availability here or call our front desk for more information.

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