Camino Pescadero Park Beach is accessed from a stairwell at the intersection of Camino Pescadero road and Del Playa Drive on the Isla Vista waterfront. On the bluffs above the beach is the very narrow Camino Pescadero Park that has picnic tables, trees, grass, cement walkways, native plantings, a drinking fountain, and benches with a spectacular view of the Channel Islands. There is a recreational lawn and interpretive signs inform park users of the historical use of Santa Barbara Channel by the Chumash. Camino Pescadero is an excellent vantage point for viewing the ocean and the outdoor shower is a favorite with surfers and beachgoers.

  • Amenities: Benches, Grass Park, Picnic Tables, Showers
  • Activities: Picnicking, Surfing
  • Dog Policy: Dogs allowed on leash

As is the case with all Isla Vista beaches, at high tide there is little if any dry sand exposed. Even at low tide there is not much dry sand so pick another beach if you don't like sunbathing immediately below crumbling cliffs. To the east is El Embarcadero Beach while to the west is Camino Del Sur Beach.

The first thing you will notice is the extreme erosion taking place along the cliffs. The natural destruction of the cliffs along Del Playa Drive force apartment building owners to periodically chop off the ocean side of the structure. There is a plethora of caution tape where whole balconies have fallen off into the water. One day in the not too distant future all the apartments above Camino Pescadero Park Beach will be gone and the park above will go from tiny to huge!

Surfers have another name for Camino Pescadero Park Beach: "Peskies." This spot is frequently full of kelp and can be difficult to paddle through. After winter storms much of the kelp clears and washes on to the beach. It can be difficult to access Peskies at high tide because as the waves crash into the bottom of the stairs that lead to the beach.

Free street parking is available if you can find a spot. Parking is a problem in all of Isla Vista during the school year. Look for street parking spaces first along Del Playa Drive and work your way block by block toward the north. With luck you will find a parking spot before you cross into Canada.