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Miramar Beach, Montecito

Santa Barbara, CA
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Miramar Beach, Montecito, Santa Barbara California

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!

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Summer day at Miramar- bring your beachchairs and relax while your kids entertain themselves in the sand!
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!
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.
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!
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.
People chat by the tide pools at Miramar Beach.
Kids explore the tide pools on a happy Saturday.
Kids explore the tide pools on a happy Saturday.
Low tide.
Low tide.
Families on a weekend at Miramar Beach.
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!
Saints By The Sea Church, on Eucalyptus Lane- a pleasure to drive past on your way to Miramar Beach!

Directions

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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Visitor Ratings

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Destiny
08/28/2014 18:23
My heart will always be in a cottage by the sea! @ Miramar Beach - Montecito

Angie
10/18/2011 15:16
Very nice! Beautiful!

MM
10/15/2009 12:29
I live in Montecito. It is one of the prettiest towns around. The beaches are nice sand and sparkling water. The water temperature is cold though.

Charlotte
10/01/2009 14:30
wooooo!

Elizabeth
09/19/2009 20:42
I love this beach. It is great for bringing people visiting SB. I go there as often as possible

Last Updated Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:57:06 GMT