They say that sea air really works up an appetite. We're not so sure about the science behind it, but if the number of restaurants dotting the Santa Barbara coastline is any indication, this seems like a valid conjecture.
For any proper beach bum who doesn't want to leave the sand, getting hungry can be a drag. Do you have to put on actual clothes? And possibly even shower? Or do you pack a picnic and let it sit for hours while you build sandcastles? Eat soggy sandwiches and warm, wilted salads?
No, thank you very much. In Santa Barbara and the surrounding areas, there are plenty of places to grab a bite in sight of the shore. You may not even have to put on pants to do so. Isn't that novel?
For the most casual dining experience, dust the sand off and order at the walk-up counter of East Beach Grill, a family-friendly restaurant right on the beach. Or, if you're feeling fancy, make a dinner reservation and take a date to The Boathouse, a secluded seafood restaurant on one of Santa Barbara's most scenic shores.
Looking for something in between? Just consult this list. We'll steer you in the right direction!