21 Best Beaches

Get ready to dig your toes in the sand: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.

East Beach, Santa Barbara, California

Photo: Peter Vitale/Courtesy of Four Seasons

East Beach

Santa Barbara, California

East Beach is a wide strip of white sand with gorgeous views of the offshore Channel Islands. In the old Cabrillo Bathhouse, Santa Barbara Aquatics offers volleyball lessons, kids' summer camps, and other beach activities.

Hotel Recommendation: Stay at the Four Seasons Biltmore. Read our review.

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