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Address: Montecito, CA
Activities: People-watching, Surfing, Watching sunrise/sunset
Description: A beautiful stretch of beach in front of the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel.
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$85*
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Heaven on earth

This is the most beautiful spot to view the sunset (in winter months since the this area of the coast is more south facing than west facing). Peaceful and clean beach with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Santa Monica, California
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Santa Monica, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This is the most beautiful spot to view the sunset (in winter months since the this area of the coast is more south facing than west facing). Peaceful and clean beach with friendly people and dogs. It is across the street from the beautiful Biltmore Hotel which is a lovely place to have dinner or drinks afterwards.

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Elmsford, New York
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13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

A very narrow beach that disappears at high tide. Street parking could require a long walk. But it still has some magic and is worth a trip for a short day (no services on the beach) or just a long walk along the Pacific. We went on a very very windy day and had to leave after a few minutes.

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leftcoast
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This is a local beach that is heavily frequented on warm days. The parking is limited to street parking only. Many in the neighborhood walk here. The beach is narrow and after winter storms somewhat rocky. If you are looking for wide open sand East Beach is your place. The swimming is OK but there is no wave shoulder to... More 

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Irvine, CA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

If you're hoping to see Butterflies or gain access to lots of services you're going to be disappointed. No bathrooms, limited shade, but free street parking. Sandy beach with a shallow entry into the water makes for a good place for smaller kids. With a bike you can easily visit the main beach / pier from here too.

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Mahwah, New Jersey
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30 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Going here, we thought we'd get to see a lot of butterflies; we had a difficult enough time finding the beach, and didn't see any butterflies. Don't waste your time.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Loved the beach and the views here. We strolled the beach for a good hours walk. It was not a crowded beach. We will go there again for our daily walks.

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Crockett, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is a beautiful beach. It has great views, is free, people are friendly. Great place to think and walk. Lost of people bring dogs, many take them off leash although theoretically that is not allowed.

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Glastonbury,CT
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106 reviews 106 reviews
21 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed this beach right outside of Santa Barbara. Parking is limited available on the street along the beach...and free! There are no facilities here but it is a great beach for walking and enjoying the picturesque California Coastline. We walked to the left from in front of the Four Seasons down the beach a ways to another access... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

close to the Montecito Inn, the sand and views are excellent. There are no real facilities so you get more real estate for yourself.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,316 reviews 1,316 reviews
667 attraction reviews
376 helpful votes 376 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This beach is absolutely beautiful. My friends got married here on Monday, and it was just perfect! The scenery is beautiful, and it's tucked away in a lovely spot just in front of the Four Seasons. I recommend it!

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