This is a beautiful beach for those who love beaches. It's not
the biggest in town, but it has plenty of sand, and the level of privacy is
delicious. Since it is away from the city there is a
sense of getting away, even though you don't go too far.
beach is part of a State Park, so there are plenty of
facilities. One of our favorite aspects of this park is how
true to Southern California it is in many ways. There are more
live oaks than palm, more chaparral than ice plant. You might
even be able to find some cactus if you looked.
Cons: It's on State Park, which means you have to pay a $5
per car entrance fee. It's good all day or if you go for just
20 minutes. There's not a lot of "entertainment," as
far as volleyball
or rollerblading go. However, if you're looking for swimming,
surfing, or sunning, this is the place to go.
Showers and restrooms, picnic tables and grills, a general store on
weekends, abundant (paid) parking.
Take the 101N past Goleta and drive until you reach the El Capitan signs. The road will
take you right into the park. The park is approximately 10
miles out of town.