Series on Santa Barbara County beaches by John McKinney, the TrailMaster.
For decades, Haskell’s was a locals-only beach, a secret surf spot, a strand located off the Santa Barbara tourist track and far from its many restaurants and hotels. Enter the Bacara Resort and Spa, widely and globally advertised, and now the beach is fast becoming an international attraction. While the Spanish-revival style resort is stunning, the beach below the Bacara does not overwhelm the visitor with its great beauty. However, at low tide you can walk to more picturesque locales, both up-coast and down.
Facilities: Restrooms, drinking fountain, rarely opened snack bar.
GPS Coordinates: N 34 25 982
W 119 54 961
Directions: From Highway 101 northbound, some 12 miles upcoast from downtown Santa Barbara, take the Glenn Annie Road/Storke Road exit. Turn left on Storke Road and drive to the first intersection. Turn right on Hollister Avenue and proceed 2 miles. Veer left toward the entrance of the Sandpiper Golf Course onto the Bacara Resort access road and proceed 0.5 mile. Several hundred yards short of the main resort complex, turn left at the public beach access sign and into the public parking area above the beach. A wide path leads to the beach.