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Goleta Beach Park

In preparation for the forecasted significantly strong El Niño storm season, the California Coastal Commission approved an Emergency Permit for the County of Santa Barbara to construct a winter sand berm along approximately 2,400 feet of Goleta Beach. Construction of the berm was completed in December 2015 and will be continually maintained through May 2016.  The berm will help prevent major flooding and damage to park infrastructure, including sanitary sewer, electrical and water lines, recreational facilities, restaurant, two restrooms, BBQ pits, picnic areas and play structures.  While storm events in March 2016 have created sink holes and severe erosion to a portion of the central lawn area, permanent repairs and approved additional temporary protective measures are currently in process.

CA Coastal Commission Emergency Permit G-4-15-0039 (11/20/2015)
CA Coastal Commission Emergency Permit G-4-16-0027 (03/09/2016)


Reservable Areas: includes $15 non-refundable reservation fee.




     Area A 



     Area B



     Area C



     Area D




Park Description:
Known for its long fishing pier and sunbathing beaches, these 29 acres are often a destination for bicyclists on the area's paved trail system. Between the lively restaurant and BBQ picnic areas are volleyball, horseshoes and children's playgrounds.


Park Features:
BBQ Grills, Beach Access, Benches or Picnic Tables, Bike Trails, Bird Watching, Boating, Fishing, Group Picnic Areas, Horseshoes, Playground, Restaurant or Snacks, Restrooms, Swimming, art in the park, seasonal lifeguards.


Goleta Pier:
The 1,500-foot pier in Goleta Beach County Park provides boaters, fishermen, and families out for a stroll, an engaging view of the Pacific coast. The Goleta Pier boat launch is available for public use on weekends and holidays. The park's resident ranger must be in attendance to facilitate the launch. To make arrangements call (805) 967-1300 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The launch fee is $15.00 ($9.00 for seniors).


Goleta Beach User Survey:
Goleta Beach Recreational User Survey was performed over five weekend days in March and April of 2015 and randomly polled 494 visitors enjoying Goleta Beach County Park during 40 hours of survey work.  The survey was conducted for the Santa Barbara County Community Services Department, Parks Division, under the auspices of the Santa Barbara County Trails Council. The Parks Division has a long standing history of providing outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities at Goleta Beach County Park.  For information about the use of Goleta Beach Park check out the following video:



Fun Fact!

In 1949, the Federal Government granted Goleta Beach Park to Santa Barbara County. In 1953, the County granted the Park to the State of California. The State granted it back to the County in 1970.



From Hwy 217 leading to the Santa Barbara Airport and UCSB, exit at Sandspit road. Or from Hollister Avenue, take Fairview Avenue to Sandspit Road. Bike paths lead to the park, and city buses stop here.


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Goleta Beach Park - Area A

Goleta Beach Area A

Capacity: 210

Fee: $215.00

Bouncer Allowed: No

Amenities: Electricity; water; full; 45 yds. from restrooms; 140 yds. from playground.

Goleta Beach Park - Area B

Capacity: 50

Fee: $90.00

Bouncer Allowed: No

Amenities: Electricity; water; 80 yds. from restrooms; 100 yds. from playground.


Goleta Beach Park - Area C

Capacity: 25

Fee: $65.00

Bouncer Allowed: No

Amenities: Partial shade; 100 yds. from restrooms; 45 yds. from playground.


Goleta Beach Park - Area D

Capacity: 75

Fee: $115.00

Bouncer Allowed: No

Amenities: Water; 25 yds. from restrooms; 15 yds. from playground.