This picturesque mile-long city beach has an accessible play area, sand volleyball, and a restaurant with patio seating overlooking the beach. At the east end of the beach, where accessible bridges cross the mouths of Mission and Sycamore Creeks, is the Cabrillo Pavilion Bathhouse, built in 1927. At the west end, Stearns Wharf creates a natural delineation between East Beach and the smaller, busier West Beach. Wheelchair access to most of the beach is impeded by a small curb, iceplant, or a low seawall. There are two areas west of the bathhouse where you may be able to navigate your way onto the beach with a beach wheelchair: by lifeguard tower #3, or via several narrow sandy pathways through the iceplant. Behind the beach, Chase Palm Park, with lawns and tall palm trees, extends inland across Cabrillo Boulevard.
Trailhead: Milpas Street at East Cabrillo Boulevard
Cabrillo Beachway (also called the Santa Barbara Bike Path) is a palm-edged trail in constant motion with joggers, skaters, bicyclists, and colorful bicycle surreys that can be rented at concession stands along Cabrillo Boulevard. The path fronts East Beach and extends west a mile and a half to Leadbetter Beach, passing Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara Harbor. Across East Cabrillo Boulevard from the beach house, it continues northeast another half-mile to Andree Clark Bird Refuge. Every Sunday an art fair is held along the sidewalk near the wharf.
The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Available from the Adapted Programs division of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation, in the Cabrillo Bathhouse. They can be reserved Mon.-Fri., 8 am-5 pm, weekends 11 am-4 pm; call (805) 564-5421. If you have a secured way to transport it, a chair can be taken to other nearby beaches.
Restrooms at the Cabrillo Bathhouse have old fashioned foot-operated toilet flushes. Other nearby accessible restrooms are behind the Santa Barbara Visitor Center at Garden Street and Cabrillo Boulevard, and at the foot of State Street by the entrance to Stearns Wharf.
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