Santa Barbara County beaches by Outdoor Editor, John McKinney
More Mesa offers more: a defacto nature preserve, great bird-watching, a network of walking-hiking trails and access to the beach. This land has been threatened by development for decades. And it still is, though any development scheme would face vociferous opposition. A mile-long walk up a residential street, across the bluffs, and down the cliffs on a combo stairs-pathway leads to a clean, mellow and sandy beach, which for some resolute naturists has long been clothing-optional.
GPS Coordinates: N 34 25 497
W 119 49 735
Directions: In Santa Barbara, from the far upper end of State Street, continue west under the freeway. State becomes Hollister Avenue, and you’ll proceed to Puente Drive. Turn left (south) . Puente Drive bends west and passes Mockingbird Lane on your left. Park along Puente Drive and walk up Mockingbird Lane to the gated entrance to More Mesa.