The picturesque Shoreline Park overlooks the Santa Barbara beach and harbor, offer stunning views of the nearby islands and mountains. Shoreline Park offers picnic facilities, a beautiful lawn that's perfect for walks and a playground, making it perfect for family outdoor getaways. Skating and playing Frisbee are the top pick sports for this venue.
Moreover, Shoreline Park is a very popular wedding and party venue. There is no doubt that Shoreline park is crown on jewel in Santa Barbara's Shoreline necklace.
There are free parking lots with no time restrictions. Well as I said in my earlier blog we were just passing through and did not spend much time here. For me it was just symbolic: having watched the serial "Santa Barbara" till it finally came to an end after years.
One can find beautiful villas facing the sea all Spanish style. Picnic tables and BBQ grills are available for public use, and there are large group areas available for parties, with reservations through the City of Santa Barbara.
Shoreline's beach access is via a set of steps that descend the steep cliff in the center of the park, leading to Mesa Beach. It is most often used in summer when the tide is out and there is more packed sand. In the winter, the ocean waves will often crash against the cliffs, eroding the shoreline. A major example of erosion is along the park, where the land is rapidly dropping into the sea. As you can see a portion of the park is fenced off as a result.
If you have the time then sit on the strategically placed benches and enjoy the sea, the sunrise and the sunset and of course people watching. There are some places of interest in Santa Barbara, but we didn't have time.
Time being short for us we had to leave, for our next destination. As someone kept telling me before I embarked on this trip to the US, that everything looks the same in US, I had to agree with him, whether it is the Spanish area, Chinese area or the typical American area, everything, seems to look the same, even the Malls and the roads the restaurants, there is a uniformity in all these things, which is admirable , but also tends to get a little boring.
However it did not stop me from enjoying this trip, for like every ordinary Indian I am conditioned to think, this was my one and only trip to US, and make the most of it, at least from a tourist point of view. What I enjoyed the most was travelling by car all over the US, as we could feast our eyes on some of the most amazing scenery all throughout the trip.