The Best Fall Beach Escapes: Santa Barbara, California

West, East, and Leadbetter Beaches.    Photo: Sasha Haltam


If you can do it on a beach, you can do it along the sand-strewn Pacific shores near Santa Barbara. And even though the weather is perfect nearly year-round (average temperature in November is in the high 60s), fall is still considered the low season. East Beach is known for its volleyball and stand-up paddleboarding; the Santa Barbara Sailing Center rents stand-up paddleboards for $15 an hour and leads guided SUP tours. Rincon is the prime surfing beach; you can get lessons through Santa Barbara Adventure Company for $99 per person per hour. If you want to kitesurf, head to Leadbetter, where Airborne Kiteboarding gives group lessons for $75 per person.

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