Your Next Adventure: Goleta Beach Park

Your Next Adventure: Goleta Beach Park

Goleta Beach Park, located just an hour away from Los Angeles in sunny Santa Barbara, California, is another beautiful stop along the Pacific Coast to spend the day soaking in the sun. It is well known for its unbelievable ocean and mountain views, walking trails, and sunbathing. The 1,500-foot fishing pier is a legend; it is a chill spot for a day trip with the family at a seaside park to enjoy outdoor hiking, bicycling and mountain biking, paddleboarding, kayaking, and picnics.

Goleta Beach Park offers volleyball, several children's playgrounds, horseshoes, birdwatching, boating, and a lively art scene. Close by is an orchid and butterfly lover's dream at The Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, the Coronado Butterfly Preserve, and the Ellwood Main Monarch Aggregation Site – affectionately known as Goleta Butterfly Grove, as well as the South Coast Railroad Museum.


There are several camping options in the Santa Barbara County Parks, just a short drive from Goleta Beach Park. A mere 17 minutes north sits the sandy seashore of El Capitán State Beach, where you can swim, walk along with oak and sycamore trees, fish, and picnic, plus dogs are welcome along the trails and campground areas. While just about an hour's drive north is Jalama Beach County Park, where you can surf, experience whale-watching, embody Ansel Adams and capture nature at its best. This park features an abundance of protected plants native to California like sea rocket, verbena, and saltbush. Along with birdwatching, you can fish for halibut, perch, and bass. Dogs are also welcome, so pack them up because spots fill up quickly!

In less than 30 minutes, headed northeast from Santa Barbara, in the Santa Ynez Valley with striking views of the San Rafael Mountains, is Cachuma Lake Recreation Area. A relaxing and rustic getaway for those who prefer moderate temperatures, a sparkling lake for fishing, and lots of sunshine. Your dogs will love the open air. It also features a coin-operated laundromat, general store, hot showers, playgrounds, a boat cruise, hiking trails, and an educational nature center. Cachuma Lake has so much to offer, except human or animal body contact with the water is off limits because it is a domestic water source, so you will need to find other ways to cool off. Again, camping reservations are required and can be made six months in advance of the date of your stay. 


Each park has various guidelines regarding what is open during the pandemic. Make sure to check each in destination advance of your trip for updates. For more information and to secure your reservation, visit Reserve California by clicking HERE.

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