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The Coast is one of the most popular recreation destinations in Santa Barbara County for residents and visitors from all over the world. Follow the links below to get more information on things to do and be inspired by what you can discover along the way .

  • Surf Beach

    What To Expect: Surf Beach is a great spot for beach strolls, sun bathing, photography, train watching, and swimming (for the brave).
    Trail Rating: Easy
    Trail Distance: 1.5 Miles out and back
    Region: Lompoc Valley
  • Arroyo Hondo Vista Point

    What To Expect: Check out the seven interpretive panels covering the history of the Gaviota Coast on display at this easy- off, easy-on turnout along southbound Hwy 101. Stretch your legs and walk across an old section of Hwy 1 that bridged Arroyo Hondo Canyon.
    Region: Gaviota Coast
  • Refugio State Beach

    What To Expect: Campground amenities include picnic tables, fire rings, flush toilets, pay showers, potable water, and a general store. With an ocean front location you can surf, fish, swim, play in the sand, walk along the shore, and more.
    Region: Gaviota Coast
  • Sandpiper Golf Club

    What To Expect: Open to the public, Sandpiper Golf Club has an 18-hole, 72 par, 7,068 yard course located on the coastal bluffs. Restaurant, Pro Shop, PGA Instruction, cart and club rentals, driving range, and putting green are available within the sight and sound of t
    Region: Goleta Valley
  • Arroyo Hondo Preserve

    What To Expect: Miles of trails reveal a beautiful and dramatic landscape as you wind along the lovely creek and through areas of grassland, oak woodland, and chaparral. Arroyo Hondo was once the site of a Chumash village and it has a well-preserved adobe.
    Region: Gaviota Coast
  • El Capitan Bike Path

    What To Expect: This isolated segment of the California Coastal Trail is located north of and parallel to US 101 and includes a 0.8 mile long paved bike path.
    Trail Rating: Easy
    Trail Distance: 0.8 Mile
    Region: Gaviota Coast

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