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Santa Barbara is nestled between Santa Ynez mountains and Pacific Ocean providing breathtaking views along the coast. The drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is quite scenic making it difficult to focus on driving at times. You have the option to ride the Amtrak and take in the beauty of the beaches along the way.
Stearns Wharf is a famous tourist attraction in Santa Barbara. I tend to avoid crowds but I just had to drop by to show you how pretty it is and definitely worth an hour of your time if you are ever in the area. The parking is free for 90 minutes and there are a couple of restaurants on the pier and a cute shop to buy some souvenirs.
I hope you liked the pictures and enjoyed Stearns Wharf as much as I did! However, I am extremely excited to take you to One Thousand Steps Beach which was the main reason for my trip to Santa Barbara. The actual steps on the stairs only amount to around 150 not 1000 – trust me, I counted it.
It doesn’t really look inviting at first but that will change the moment you hit the shaded area of the stairway.
I was totally blown away by this view and needed a full minute to take it all in.
The best thing about this beach is not having a lot of people there. It’s like having your own private beach. However, please note that the entire beach is covered in water during high tide and comes up all the way to a portion of the concrete stairs. The steps are always extremely slippery and filled with moss so please be careful.
Tips for this trip:
1. Don’t go to One Thousand Steps during high tide. The entire beach is covered in water. Park on the street (read the signs)
2. If possible, schedule your visit on a weekday to Stearns Wharf to avoid huge crowds.
3.I don’t recommend lugging around a beach umbrella or a chair up and down the stairs. To protect your face from the sun wear some sunscreen and check out this cute beach hat.
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4. If you want to stay at One Thousand Steps beach for an hour or two. Bring a beach towel.
I haven’t even scratched the surface on all the beautiful places to visit in Santa Barbara. There are so many things to do in this city.
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