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Miramar Beach, Montecito

Santa Barbara, California, United States

Description

Because Miramar Beach is fairly small and curves around, it feels different to other beaches in Santa Barbara. The strange beachhouses which line the beach give it a third-world beachtown look. Don't get me wrong though- I'd be more than happy to spend a weekend in one of them! On warm days in late summer, Miramar Beach is full of parents relaxing under beach umbrellas while their kids entertain themselves in the sand. The tide pools at the west end of the beach are a source of endless fun for kids. Swimming is good at Miramar Beach, as long as the storm drain on the east end isn't open to the sea. It's icy cold but can be fun, especially if you bring bodyboards and ride the small waves. Sometimes seals swim near you.
At the end of Eucalyptus Lane near where you enter Miramar Beach there is a trail that says "Hammonds Meadows." It takes you on a sand path past tropical plants and flowers to Hammonds Beach, a beach lined with mansions in English country-cottage style.
For another place to explore, head towards the mountains on San Ysidro Ln (Eucalyptus Ln) to Manning Park, a peaceful park shaded with huge pine trees.
If you're hungry, head north on San Ysidro Ln (Eucalyptus Ln) to Upper Montecito Village for a meal where you pay and seat yourself at Pierre Lafond Bakery. Sit outside by the blue fountain- kids love it! For a beautiful hike, check out San Ysidro Trail.

Photo Gallery


Summer day at Miramar- bring your beachchairs and relax while your kids entertain themselves in the sand!

Surfer dude checking out what appeared to me to be flat waters!

Two perfect palms, and a couple walking hand in hand, at Miramar Beach in the afternoon.

The strange-looking beachhouses. Don't get me wrong though- I'd be more than happy to have one for the weekend!

People chat by the tide pools at Miramar Beach.

Kids explore the tide pools on a happy Saturday.

Low tide.

Families on a weekend at Miramar Beach.

Saints By The Sea Church, on Eucalyptus Lane- a pleasure to drive past on your way to Miramar Beach!

Pretty rocks and clear water.
 

Directions

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Miramar Beach is located at the end of Eucalyptus Ln, Santa Barbara CA 93108, in the suburb of Montecito.
From Highway 101, exit at San Ysidro Rd. Turn towards the ocean. You are now on Eucalyptus Lane. Notice the beautiful Saints By The Sea Church on your left. Continue to the end and the beach access is right there. There are a few parking spaces at a turnaround circle. Usually they are full unless it's a weekday or you come really early. Turn around and park along Eucalyptus Lane and walk to the beach access.
There are no restrooms or showers.
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