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Thousand Steps Beach

1429 Shoreline Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2070
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Day at the beach

Very clean and breathtaking views. Quite and very relaxing great place to just unwind. A little but... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
John G
via mobile
Ok-ish Beach

I grew up in Santa Barbara and now come back to visit family here. I used to go to this beach as a... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
Ally G
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Auburn, California
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“tide pools” (3 reviews)
“slippery” (5 reviews)
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1429 Shoreline Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2070
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Very clean and breathtaking views. Quite and very relaxing great place to just unwind. A little but tough to find parking but worth the walk. Be ready to walk down lots of stairs.... then back up at the end of the day.

Thank John G
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

I grew up in Santa Barbara and now come back to visit family here. I used to go to this beach as a kid and loved it for the beauty, tide pools, waves and privacy. Nowadays it's not super crowded but not peaceful as there...More

Thank Ally G
Reviewed 28 June 2017

I walk the beaches along the Mesa most every morning. If I'm energetic I like 1000 steps. BTW... it's actually closer to 400 steps in reality. You can only walk the beach when the tide is out so check your tide charts first. It is...More

Thank Gene U
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Really impressive beach. We really enjoyed seeing the cave and all of the multi million dollar beach houses, some of which have elevators to get rich home owners to and from the beach faster. The challenge of this beach is the parking. You have to...More

1  Thank dick02176
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Beautiful place to visit with family or friends , doesn't take too long to get through the cave and over rocks to the private pools. Be sure to be careful and time the waves properly because they can be decently powerful so hold on while...More

1  Thank Audrey S
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Nice and very clean. We love the walk on the beach and were able to climb on the steps with a very brief break lol

Thank sj2dj
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Not exactly 1000 steps, but was up for the challenge. Need to be very careful when going down the stairs...but when you do...paradise awaits! Didn't check the tide, a little high, but was still able to walk on the beach. So relaxing and the view...More

1  Thank Brassil B
Reviewed 14 September 2016

The thousand step beach is actually 150 stone steps down to the beach. There are no rails and the steps are very worn in some places and slippery when wet. No access at high tide so make sure you don't get caught. Not good for...More

1  Thank Sophronia1
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Thousand Steps Beach is Worth the Steps! The views are amazing and the fresh salty sea air sometimes cooler - so dress in layers!

1  Thank beckysouix
Reviewed 6 August 2016

Plenty of dog walkers and not all were diligent about cleaning up after their animals. At least the beach is cleaned by the tide daily!

Thank cjd0
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