Pia Brandt, Germany
A delightful quarter-mile-long beach sits right at the foot of the Biltmore Hotel and Coral Casino. There is plenty of room to relax and enjoy the sun and surf or to take a walk in either direction at low tides along the Butterfly Beach.
This maybe Santa Barbara’s most elegant beach. The long sea wall is topped by imposing cliffs and tall palms blow back and forth in the breeze. You can lay down in the fine sand and enjoy the sun and the lovely smell of the ocean.
A half mile of open beach leads towards East Beach. There are a series of cliffs along the way, rocky outcrops where you can find a more private place. At low tides you can find a lot of seashells, some of them are really special and look gorgeous.
But you have to be careful because, if the tide comes up, you have to go back to the beach. If the water is too high, you can’t go back and it’s possible you can become surrounded by water within minutes. But, at lower tides, you can also go all the way down to the volleyball courts or the Cabrillo Bath House, which has a very nice outdoor cafe.
Another positive aspect is that people are allowed to bring their dogs with them to Butterfly Beach.
If you are interested in sports and you like to go jogging, Butterfly Beach is also perfect because the sand is not too soft to walk or run on so it is really enjoyable to go jogging on the sand. The view over the ocean is wonderful so you can call it jogging with a view. Butterfly Beach offers many possibilities to have a great day.
All in all I can say that Butterfly Beach is my favorite beach because I can calm down completely while I lay down in the sand and can “recharge” my energy for the next day. I also love the ocean. The sound of the waves and the salty smell is gorgeous. When you are in Santa Barbara you should go and visit Butterfly Beach. When you visit it once you may never want to leave it again.