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Address: 5986 Sandspit Road, Goleta, CA 93117
Phone Number: 805-967-1300
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Activities: Hiking
Description: A long sandy beach near Goleta Point.

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Seals and Sea Lions on Rocks Close to Shore

It looks like a typical beach park in Southern California until you walk east on the beach past a small hill of tar about a mile from the end of the parking area. There you will... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
David L
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Goleta, California
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Goleta, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

It looks like a typical beach park in Southern California until you walk east on the beach past a small hill of tar about a mile from the end of the parking area. There you will be pleasantly surprised by a large group of seals and sea lions resting on rocks very close to the shore. Sometimes they even visit... More 

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East Wenatchee, Washington, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Before our flight home from Santa Barbara (Goleta) Airport, we completed our visit by going to Goleta County Beach. It was a great place to picnic, people watch, stroll on the beach and go kayaking. Paddle Sports Center rents ocean kayaks right at the beach! It was enjoyable to watch a group of swimming enthusiasts meet and head out into... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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106 attraction reviews
316 helpful votes 316 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I grew up in Goleta and spent years on this beach, so whenever I return for a visit, Goleta Beach is always in my plans. You can picnic on the grassy area, dine in the Beachside Bar and Grill [see review], take a long walk east/south past the slough, or fish off the pier. Bird watching is going to happen... More 

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Goleta
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11 reviews 11 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I've lived in Goleta for 48 years. I've been coming here since I was five (1969 oil spill). Nice clean beach now, plenty of room, places for kids to play, group and individual picnic areas, bird watching (can't feed the birds, don't want them screwing up plane patterns at the airport). Tons of parking but it does occasionally get full.... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a great place to walk and watch birds. The waves are usually comfortable. The water can be cloudy and there is sometimes tar on the beach

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Englewood, Colorado
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Enjoyed a walk on the beach here. Plenty of room/tables to enjoy a picnic. Nice grassy area along side the sandy beach. Free parking. Pier to wonder out on. Nearby restaurant even.

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Miami, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This is a really nice beach to walk on, as well as sit and watch the waves (there are several park benches scattered around). There is plenty of parking, so if you work close by, you can zip over and catch an amazing sunset after work.

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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134 reviews 134 reviews
61 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

A small, beautiful park, great for watching and photographing various species of birds in their natural habitat, along with a very decent beach. On the horizon oil platforms, incidentally visible in the sand beach with some nodules of crude oil! With a good car park (free), greats sunsets and early mornings. It has a good bar / beach restaurant, but... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

On our drive back up the California Coast, we stopped at this park. It has a nice pier, nice area for walking with good views of the ocean, and nice area for picnics.

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Upland, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Beautiful and romantic. Great for walks along the beach. Wonderful in the morning and at sunset. Soothing of the mind comes naturally on this fabulous beach.

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