Santa Barbara is known for its gorgeous coastline, mountain backdrop and vibrant downtown. Yet many may not know the rich history and culture that make Santa Barbara's coast the amazing place it is today. The Department developed a pocket map, podcasts and video to encourage education and exploration of Santa Barbara’s scenic coastline. The Santa Barbara Coastal Trail pocket map highlights eleven points of interest from the Arroyo Burro Estuary to the Andrée Clark Bird Refuge. The companion podcasts and video add to the experience with stories of coastal culture, ecology and history, plus discuss important challenges (bluff erosion, sea level rise, coastal development and habitat loss) and opportunities (recreation, restoration, conservation and preservation) coastal communities face. Combined, these materials provide visitors and residents with the tools needed for a self-guided audio-visual tour.
Santa Barbara is situated along the California Coastal Trail - a network of trails along California’s coast intended to provide use and enjoyment for walkers, bikers, equestrian riders, and wheelchair users, as well as connect coastal communities. Currently, 60 percent of the trail is complete covering over 700 miles of California’s coastline. Within Santa Barbara, the trail includes over 6 miles of paved multi-use paths adjacent to some of Santa Barbara’s most popular beaches and dirt trails through open space parks, plus amazing vistas of the Santa Barbara Channel and offshore islands. Users will experience the coastal breeze and enjoy sounds of the waves, while also noticing the bustling and thriving community nearly 90,000 people call home.
Download our free audio tour files and explore the coast like never before. They are provided in MP3 format and are compatible with most devices. The printable Santa Barbara Coastal Trail Map directs you to 11 stops as you listen to the stories that helped transform Santa Barbara's coast. Watch this video to learn more. Maps, podcasts and video were funded in part by the California State Coastal Conservancy through the "Explore the Coast" grant program.