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Santa Claus Beach

Series on Santa Barbara County beaches by John McKinney the TrailMaster.

This beach is still known by locals as Santa Claus, though the kitschy enormous Santa who once stood on the rooftop of a nearby business was removed some years ago and Santa Claus Village re-named Padaro Village. It’s a popular shore for surf camps because of the relatively dependable waves found here.

Facilities: None.

Cost: None.

GPS Coordinates: N 34 24 495

W 119 33 039

Directions: From Highway 101, some 8 miles down-coast from Santa Barbara, take the Santa Claus Lane/ Padaro Road exit. Head down-coast along the frontage road/Santa Clause Lane and park along the road.