Maybe you've been there recently... searching endlessly on VRBO or AirBnB for that perfect house on the perfect beach to break the monotony of life at home. You've pulled up the satellite view on Google Maps to see what "near the beach" really meant, or checked the extended surf forecast to plan your getaway. We're totally with you. So to help, we put together a list of the top five places in Santa Barbara for surfers, surf families, and anyone else who intends to spend more time in the water than on land.
The first two on our list aren't technically in Santa Barbara, but given the close proximity and location right on one of California's best surf spots we had to include them. Both of these are literally right on the beach. Not on a cliff overlooking the water, not on the other side of 101, but as "ski in and ski out" as it gets in the surf world. (*Note: Descriptions below provided from listings.)
Located right on the sand, behind the private gates at Rincon Point, this stunning beach estate offers a commanding presence both in volume and style. As you enter the front door, the ocean stretches across the rear of the living and dining rooms with vaulted ceilings, built-ins, and a fireplace, opening up to the bright kitchen and an outdoor patio area. Off the side of the patio area are a heated and private swimming pool and hot tub.
Just steps from the sand and your own personal access to one of the most sought after surf breaks anywhere along the California Coastline. This well-cared-for beachfront property offers families and couples a location second to none, coupled with convenience and exclusivity.
Nestled on nearly two acres of palm-studded oceanfront property, this palatial 6BR/5BA estate offers a private slice of paradise directly on the beach! Stroll from your expansive grounds to the secluded beachfront -- a coveted rarity in the area -- or soak up the sun by your private pool and spa. Comprised of an opulent 5BR house and separate poolside casita, this retreat offers plenty of room for your entire group. Interior highlights include a well-appointed chef’s kitchen, dual master suites, and 4,077 square feet of upscale living space with beautiful ocean views.
This property boasts an incredible ocean-view master with paneled Library stocked with NY Times Best Sellers and four ocean-view suites that open up to the amazing scenic observation and pool deck. The deck has an infinity pool, a ten-seat hot tub, a fireplace, and an outdoor LCD TV. The oversized ground-level decks and fire pit provide for outdoor dining and entertaining areas that take advantage of the spectacular views.
Padaro Lane is a world-renowned beach community just south of Montecito. Locals have inhabited this treasured beachfront haven for generations, but now often rub elbows with celebrities who have discovered its magic and charm. Oceanfront property on the Padaro Beach sand is a valued commodity. Wide and expansive, the beach has limited public access, offering a slower-paced experience with miles of coastline to enjoy. Beachside Bungalow has been well-maintained by exacting owners. Past upgrades guarantee impeccable ambiance in a relaxed beach style. The home's interior is fresh and casual and outfitted fully with every amenity that any seasoned traveler would expect. Freshly whitewashed wood paneling adds a bright and upgraded feel to this already friendly home. Vaulted ceilings of exposed beams add further drama to sun-drenched rooms.
Outdoor Activities in Santa Barbara
Obviously, surfing is on the agenda and Santa Barbara is home to some of the best breaks in California! Ironically, it's also an amazing spot for beginners, with its many point breaks that roll effortlessly so you can be sure the whole family can get in the water. In addition, Santa Barbara is also a hotbed for hiking, biking, skateboarding, and wine tasting. If you want a truly incredible experience try using Adventure IO to GO WITH THE PROS. Book a day with one of our top athletes or local experts, learn about the history of the region, the importance of the activity you book to the locals, and ensure your getaway is one you'll never forget.
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