Friday, August 28, 2020
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
When you see this sign (below), head across the stream again (left) and take the path up and around the nearby hill. It will take you away from this stream and to another one nearby.
Trail Rating: Difficult for toddlers and kids not used to hiking, Moderate for others
Distance: 1.4 miles to the hot springs, 2.8 round trip
Time: 1 hour up, 1/2 hour down and time to enjoy the springs
Nearby attractions: Butterfly Beach, Hammonds Beach and Upper Village Shopping and Restaurants
Monday, August 24, 2020
Hope Ranch Beach is a Santa Barbara Beach that is not easy to access unless you are a resident. For residents, it has storage lockers and kayak storage in and around the cabana as well as a lifeguard in summer. Anyone at the beach can use the snack shop, bathrooms and hoses for rinsing sand off.
|Hope Ranch to the East (Arroyo Burro)|
|Hope Ranch Beach to the West (More Mesa)|
|More Mesa Path|
|More Mesa Beach Entrance|
|More Mesa Steps|
|Hope Ranch Beach Bathrooms|
|Cabana and Bathrooms|
Friday, August 21, 2020
Directions: Take 101S to San Ysidro Rd. Turn right onto Eucalyptus Lane and continue to the end. The parking area for both Hammond's Beach and Miramar Beach is here.
|Hammond's Path to the Right of the Miramar Path|
|Bench along the Path|
|Hammond's to the East (Miramar Beach)|
|Hammond's to the West (Butterfly Beach)|
|Tide Pools in the Rocks|
|Tide Pools |
Monday, August 17, 2020
One last Isla Vista beach worth mentioning on its own is Depressions Beach. Close to Campus Point, there are a lot of surfers, but closer to the lagoon, there is space to spread out. Getting there involves a walk, but you may have the space to yourself once you get there. To the east is th popular Campus Point Beach and to the West is the Isla Vista beach at El Embarcadero.
Directions: Take the 101 N to Los Carneros Ave. Turn right onto Los Carneros. Turn left on El Colegio and then right onto Camino Pescadero. Turn left on Del Playa and park wherever there is space closest to the end of Del Playa.
From the east (campus) end of Del Playa, follow the bluff trail a quarter mile to the steps to the beach. Alternately, you can follow the directions to Campus Point Beach and walk around the point to Depressions Beach. This would not work at hide tide without getting wet. More info
There area in front of the lagoon is very calm (but may have stream water coming from the lagoon).
The space near the lagoon is wide, even at high tide and didn't have a lot of people.
The waves are great for boogie boarding towards the point.
There are no amenities (bathrooms or restaurants) nearby.
The sections closer to the point and El Embarcadero are much narrower at high tide.
There are more people in the narrower section and it is harder to socially distance.
|Depressions Beach to the East (Campus Point)|
|Depressions Beach to the West (Isla Vista Beaches)|
Friday, August 14, 2020
Directions: Take 101S to San Ysidro Rd. Turn right onto Eucalyptus Lane and continue to the end. The parking area for both Hammond's Beach and Miramar Beach is here. Continue on the path straight down to Miramar Beach (The path slightly to the right is Hammond's Beach). Park along Miramar Ave or Humphrey Lane if necessary.
|Miramar Parking Lot (Path to the left/straight)|
|Miramar Beach Path|
|Miramar Beach to the East (Summerland Beach)|
|Summerland Beach to the West (Hammond's Beach)|
Friday, August 7, 2020
|El Embarcadero Path|
|El Embarcadero Steps|
|El Embarcadero East|
|El Embarcadero West|
|Camino Pescadero Path|
|Camino Pescadero Steps|
|Camino Pescadero to the West|
|Camino Pescadero to the East|
|Camino del Sur Entrance|
|Camino del Sur Steps|
|Camino del Sur to the East|
|Camino del Sur to the West|
|Sea Lookout Path|
|Sea Lookout Steps (underwater)|
|Sea Lookout Cave|
|Sea Lookout East|
|Sea Lookout West|
|Camino Majorca Stairs|
|Nude Beach to the Left of the Stairs|
|West of the Camino Majorca Entrance|
|East of the Camino Majorca Entrance|