My New Beach

My New Beach


I recently moved across town, and my new digs have one especially compelling feature: It’s walking distance from the Pacific Ocean! Fifteen minutes from door to sand: Two minutes along a sidewalk to the access trail; 11 minutes along a dirt path through an open-space preserve; two minutes down a cliff to the sand. As the crow flies, I’m about 2/3 of a mile from the water.

And it’s a gem of a beach:

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Even on the sunniest days, it’s nearly deserted due to its vehicular inaccessibility. On the entire stretch of coast shown in the photo above (6pm on a weekday – prime-time for the after-work crowd), there were about five people. While tourists crowd the downtown beaches – East, West, Butterfly, and Leadbetter – this beach remains remarkably off-the-radar, even to many Santa Barbara locals.

I hesitate to reveal the beach’s name or location because – probably for good reasons – it rarely appears on the internet. But it shouldn’t be difficult to deduce with a little sleuthing, using the clues I’ve already provided.

Approaching the edge of the cliff, through a eucalyptus grove. 

My new beach is a special place; at certain times of the day, even magical. The water seems cleaner; the landscape more wild and natural. Without crowds, cars, or any sign of development, one feels more directly the magnificent power of the ocean; the vertiginous sense of standing on the edge of a continent.

Fancy a swim? 

I look forward to spending more time here.

29 Responses to “My New Beach”

  1. Rob D.

    2012-07-11T12:27:43+00:00

    I didn’t know you moved! So that wouldn’t happen to be a beach with certain sartorial optionalities to it would it?

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    • Evan

      2012-07-11T12:34:40+00:00

      Yeah dude. It’s becoming an annual ritual for me. Anyway, no, this isn’t that beach… but I’m pretty sure no one would care (or notice?) if you swung that way at this beach, either.

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      • Rob D.

        2012-07-11T12:51:31+00:00

        Gotcha… you’ll have to give me a tour of the new beach the next time I come down! I like my beaches sparsely populated

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        • Evan

          2012-07-11T12:53:43+00:00

          Absolutely! We’ll have a grand old time. I need to start making use of that sweet board I bought off you, too.

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  2. Karen Throsby

    2012-07-11T12:59:21+00:00

    Gorgeous. I am beside myself with envy! Enjoy!

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  3. Gords

    2012-07-11T13:42:58+00:00

    You are a very rich man indeed!

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    • Evan

      2012-07-11T23:10:30+00:00

      hard to imagine such a pleasure could be free!

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  4. Kim Chambers

    2012-07-11T13:44:59+00:00

    LOVE IT!!!!!

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  5. Bob Needham

    2012-07-11T14:16:19+00:00

    Having lived in the area for 20 years and swam or biked much of the coast, I thought of a couple of places it might be. So I took a look at Google Earth and nothing matched up. Thanks for helping me waste an hour of my relatively important time.

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  6. Chicken O'Sea

    2012-07-11T16:03:03+00:00

    I love sartorial optionalities! Does that mean we can wear wetsuits there?

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    • Evan

      2012-07-11T16:12:39+00:00

      You can be bearded, tattooed, bubble-capped, Aqua Sphere-goggled, and quite possibly naked – but no wetsuits allowed. Per municipal code, um, 7877437. Except for surfing. I guess it would be ok in that case.

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      • Rob D.

        2012-07-12T13:38:29+00:00

        Aqua-sphere goggled? That may be a step too far my friend… have some decency :p

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        • Evan

          2012-07-12T14:51:04+00:00

          See, we are tolerant people here in Goleta!

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  7. Chicken O'Sea

    2012-07-11T17:32:27+00:00

    Well I love your newd beach, even with all its civil ordinances!

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  8. GarrettFM

    2012-07-11T17:47:09+00:00

    I know where your beach is! Spent a lot of time in that neck of the woods in high school. (Do you remember why, Evan?) In any case, it is stunningly, wonderfully uncrowded.

    And yes, I can affirm for the eager Rob D. that, as to the beach’s dress code, you need only consult your own… predilections.

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  9. meagan

    2012-07-11T17:54:58+00:00

    jealous. but this is super fantastic. congrats on the move! btw, i’m in SB next week, maybe see you down at the pool.

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    • Evan

      2012-07-11T21:54:52+00:00

      it is good, yes! i haven’t been swimming AM masters much, but it’d be fun to see you.

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  10. Chicken O'Sea

    2012-07-11T18:48:18+00:00

    That view through the gum trees has me a little homesick

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    • Evan

      2012-07-11T23:08:17+00:00

      I appreciate australia’s contribution to our landscape!

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  11. Chicken O'Sea

    2012-07-12T20:32:23+00:00

    Yeah that’s kind of weird

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  12. ViveBene

    2012-07-13T15:17:35+00:00

    Lovely spot, and congratulations on the move!

    (I, too, like where I swim to stay off the radar… And certain optionalities have been operationalized, they say, at irregular times.)

    The big news seems buried. You are boarding these days?

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  13. John

    2012-07-17T05:31:15+00:00

    Wow. Those photos look amazing. The coastline is so stunning.

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