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Southern California's Best Beaches

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Santa Barbara County

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Great Play in the
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Family Beaches

All California beaches have dangerous rip-currents and other hazards. Children playing near or in the surf should be supervised at all times.



Some of the Best Surfing Beaches



Best Wildlife Viewing Beaches


Popular Diving Beaches



Scenic Beaches


Camping Beaches

North to South


Best Fishing Beaches


Ocean Safety

California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly."
Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety

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