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Goleta County Beach

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Address: 5986 Sandspit Road, Goleta, CA 93117
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+1 805-967-1300
08:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
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A long sandy beach near Goleta Point.

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Great small beach

Very pretty beach with lots of parking and it has a small pier that you can walk out on. You can get your feet right down in the sand and the waves were fairly mild. There is a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Robert W
Bedford, Texas
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Bedford, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very pretty beach with lots of parking and it has a small pier that you can walk out on. You can get your feet right down in the sand and the waves were fairly mild. There is a nice restaurant adjacent to the pier where we had supper two nights ago and lunch yesterday. Small store for bait and tackle... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

We stop here for one last walk on the beach before flying out of Santa Barbara airport because its so close. Usually there is adequate parking available for a short visit.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

No-fee parking, some play equipment for kids, several sets of restrooms, sand to run & play in and a somewhat upscale restaurant with a bar and views at the end by the pier. Good place to take a walk, breathe the air and let the kids rip & tear. Read "Beachside" reviews for more on the restaurant/bar. There are picnic... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

I so enjoy walking this beach most days. It has been muddy since all the rain but it is no longer a dusty path.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Goleta Country Beach is one of good beaches in the west coast area of USA. This is beach is very neat and less crowded. The parking is free and is very close to the sand. The views all around is very nice and picturesque. We could see sea lions resting and lot of birds. there is a restaurant nearby. The... More 

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Goleta, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Goleta County Beach is great place to visit when in the Santa Barbara area, especially if you find yourself in Goleta. There is ample free parking, lots of picnic tables, a wonderful beach-side restaurant (with a fabulous oyster bar), a long pier (with lots of fishermen and women), and an extensive, natural beach for walking, tanning, relaxing, and wildlife viewing.... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Unless you are going to fish or have a picnic by the ocean there is no logical reason to go here. There is a bar and restaurant at the park but everything else lacks a draw. My apologies to the locals that live here but theres nothing for the visitors to the area.

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Lancaster, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

I loved this beach. I have been all up and down the coast. But never had I found the "perfect" beach. It's easy access from the parking lot i didn't have to walk a mile on the sand to get to the water. The waves are also calmer than usual making it perfect for small children or for those who... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

One of the busiest beaches in sb, great for bbq, kayaks & a great restaurant. Had a wharf if you want to go fishing. So many things to do. You can bring you dog but they need to be on leach

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Goleta, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Goleta Beach is a jewel of a park! The parking is ample and free. There is grass with trees for shade, a sandy beach, a playground for the kids, bathrooms, B.B.Q's, volleyball courts, even horseshoes! It is right next to UCSB and very close to the airport. There is a pier you can walk on, or fish from too. It's... More 

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