Top 7 Best Santa Barbara Surf Spots in 2024

1. Rincon Point Surf Spot

Rincon, a top surf spot, offers consistent waves for all levels. Watch for crowds in peak season (December to March); beginners can stick to "The Cove" for easier waves.

2. Surfing Leadbetter Beach

Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara is a beginner-friendly spot with gentle waves, a surf school, and convenient facilities for an enjoyable surfing experience.

3. Campus Point

At the University of California, Santa Barbara, Campus Point features a pristine beach with a right point break, ideal for all skill levels. Perfect for surfing with friends or family.

4. Surf Sandspit

Experienced surfers seeking a challenge should head to Sandspit, at the end of Santa Barbara Harbor Breakwater. Be cautious; it's not suitable for beginners, especially on big wave days.

5. Refugio State Beach

North of Santa Barbara, Refugio State Beach is a remote surf spot with fun waves amid rocky cliffs. Bring water and food for the isolated location.

6. Surf Devereux 

Devereux, or Devs, my favorite Santa Barbara surf spot just north of Isla Vista, offers consistent right-handers, occasionally extending to a beach break on good days.

7. Sands Beach

North of Coal Oil Point past Devereux, Sands Beach offers left-handers and beach breaks, providing catchable waves when other spots are flat.