Santa Barbara City College Cliff Walk
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The west campus lawn area of Santa Barbara City College is truly spectacular! It's hard to describe the amazing expansive feeling of the mountain
range, the grass, the rows of palms, and then the ocean. You have to
experience it for yourself! Sit on one of the many picnic tables and have a meal in the evening with your family. Your kids can run up and down the green, green knolls, or skateboard on the sloping paths- they'll have a blast! Bring a helmet- it's super steep.
Walk the curvy pathways to the edge of the clifftop. Sit on one of the lovely benches surrounded by flowers and small sandstone boulders, and contemplate your life as you watch the sailboats go by. Go for a short walk along the winding path that hugs the cliff. Look down on all the people having fun at Leadbetter Beach. It's a bright, cheerful scene with the green grass, the blue sea, and the stretch of white sand below.
Babies love to sit on your lap and listen to the trickle of water fountains. There's a small fountain with smooth grey pebbles near the fence overlooking the ocean, and there's the tall black fountain by the Music Building.
Past the lawn, you will come to a wide brown pedestrian bridge. You can walk across to the east side of campus. Students gather to chat and have a coffee on the amphitheater in front of Student Center. Even better is the cement balcony on the other side of Student Center with its wide ocean views. The portable buildings in view are ugly but you can't beat the blue strip of ocean! Behind the Study Abroad Office, enjoy a panoramic view of Stearns Wharf and the Santa Ynez mountains. There are some benches here in an arc where you can sit and take in the view. In front of the Administration Building is a fountain and grassy area under tall trees. Purple bouganvillea vines hang over the walkway. Stairs lead down to a wooded area with views over Santa Barbara. You can descend to Pershing Park or the harbor, both popular parking spots for students (parking is a nightmare around here- see suggestions below).
If you're hungry, there is a cafeteria at the Student Center on the east side of campus. Choose an organic meal, sit inside on the groovy lime green chairs and look out through huge windows at the sea. Or on the west side of campus, you can eat at the little outdoor cafeteria below the Business Communication Building. It's a pleasant place to sit in the sun and look out on the lawn and sea.
Nearby, check out Santa Barbara Harbor, just across Cabrillo Blvd, for a walk beside the sea wall where waves come crashing over, and a happening bar scene at night. Or, head east on Cabrillo Blvd to West Beach Boardwalk for a stroll along the palm-lined bike path that sits atop the sand or a stop at Sambo's for pancakes or a sandwich. You can walk the boardwalk all the way to Stearn's Wharf and grab an icecream or listen to live jazz on Sunday afternoons.
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Santa Barbara City College is located at 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
From Highway 101, take the Castillo St exit and turn towards the ocean. Turn right on Montecito Street. The road winds uphill. Pass Loma Alta Street and then turn left where it says "SBCC West Campus." Parking is free on holidays, weekends, and evenings. At other times, you are unlikely to find any parking at all near the campus. I don't recommend coming at those times. If you do come during the week, try parking at the Harbor or Leadbetter Beach parking lot and walking across Cabrillo Blvd to campus. It costs $2.00 an hour and if you're lucky you will find an empty spot. You can buy a parking pass for $85 a year to park in these lots.
Another parking area is Pershing Park. Exit Highway 101 at Castillo St. Turn toward the ocean. On your right after you pass Montecito Street, there will a parking lot for Pershing Park. On weekends or holidays, you can find parking here. Walk up the steep pathway through the wooded area to campus. Be alert because there have been occasional dubious types at this park.
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