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Goleta Beach

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A long sandy beach near Goleta Point.
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5986 Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117-3903
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All reviews plenty of parking nice restaurant free parking picnic tables long pier family bbq uc santa barbara bike path channel islands nice walk get away eucalyptus trees fishing ucsb sand playground ocean
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Reviewed 29 January 2019

It's a mid-January afternoon, but lots of folks were using the picnic tables and grilling stations at the beach. We took a nice walk to the pier and out onto it. Nice views of UC Santa Barbara and the Goleta Beach Cafe from the .3...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jandago
Reviewed 27 January 2019

I have been enjoying Goleta Beach since my college days at UCSB and find time to stop and eat my lunch every couple of months just to reminisce and remind myself to take time away to take it all in. Santa Barbara and Goleta is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank iantpLA
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Since moving to Goleta nearly 40 years ago, I can't count the number of times I've gone there with family, friends, visitors from out of state, and alone just to watch the waves flow in, an occasional dolphin swimming by, the wonderful variety of birds...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank htjohnson09
Reviewed 2 September 2018

We love walking on the pier. Fun to see people fishing and what they catch. Very knowledgeable people who can't wait to tell their fish tales.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Lorraine W
Reviewed 27 August 2018

I have been going here for years. No hassle free parking and conveniently located to home. Fishing on the pier is very popular. There is a restaurant on site call Beachside Cafe that also has great food!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Diana H
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Whether you grill at the public beach or get into the Seaside Bar-Cafe, you will enjoy this modest but entertaining strip of beach that joins up with that of U.C. Santa Barbara. It ALSO sports a decent wharf that provides extra exercise as you work...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank kmc2day
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

Beautiful and so relaxing to walk along the beach and take a walk on the pier and people watch. There is a very nice restaurant right in the beach and easy to park.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Bridgetpianos
Reviewed 24 July 2018

This is such a pleasant beach to go to and enjoy the sand and waves without a lot of people. There is a nice restaurant you can grab something to eat at, plenty of sand to stake your umbrella and beach chair. You can hear...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 23 July 2018

We enjoy the day spending the afternoon with the kids. Plenty of parking not far from the water. The playground and bathrooms next to each other are awesome for small children. Bad part is there are no showers available and the pier is no safe...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank LadyVG1
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

The beach was close and free with ample parking. Advisories were posted for bacteria in water and swimming wasn’t allowed- kind of a bummer. Cute doggies walking around. Beach has a lot of rocks, so you have to look for a spot. Fishing pier nearby...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank heathermO7039NI
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30 August 2018|
Response from kmc2day | Reviewed this property |
Goleta Beach is a dog-friendly park. Leashed dogs are allowed at this county beach. The beach and park are about 1/2 mile long. There are picnic tables and a children's playground at the park.
24 May 2016|
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Response from Reiling | Reviewed this property |
Plenty of free parking.