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Find Sea Glass in Santa BarbaraOne of the best places to find sea glass in Santa Barbara, California is on Summerland Beach.

Bring your dog too. Summerland Beach is dog friendly, and you’ll be sure to run into other people walking along the shore with their dogs. Although the signs say to keep dogs on a leash, many people let their dogs run free.

Directions to Summerland Beach-Loon Point Beach Access

Summerland Beach is located off the 101 Freeway. Take Exit 88 and go west. Soon you’ll run into Padaro Lane. Turn right. After driving down Padaro Lane–a residential road–for a while, you’ll come to a parking area with a sign that says Loon Point.

Loon Point Beach AccessTurn right into the Loon Point public parking lot. Towards the back of the parking lot, there is a path that leads down to the beach. There is also a outhouse. When you come to the end of the path, go left for about one quarter of a mile. Look for sea glass among the small rocks and seashells.

Find Sea Glass in Santa Barbara

You should be able to find a good amount of sea glass during low tide on Summerland Beach. It’s best to go during the first low tide of the day. You also have to be careful not to get stuck in a cove on the way back when the high tide starts coming back.

Sea Glass in Santa BarbaraSummerland Beach is not that crowded. There are usually a few friendly people walking their dogs on the beach as well as other beachcombers looking for treasures along the shore.

I’ve been to Summerland Beach a few times and found a good amount of sea glass.




Summerland Beach Santa Barbara

How to Follow the Path to Summerland Beach, Santa Barbara, California

Follow path next to sign that states, “Loon Point Beach Access.”

Walk parallel to railroad track. Go left on path towards beach.

Santa Barbara Sea Glass Beach


Walk past door heading north on path.

Path to Summerland Beach


Walk along path towards chain-link fence.

Hot wo get to Summerland Beach Santa Barbara


Summerland Dog Beach Santa Barbara


When you reach the chain gate, turn left and follow path down to beach. Head left along the shore (south) to find sea glass.

Path Down to Summerland Beach


How to Get To Santa Barbara Dog Beach


Look for rocky patches to find sea glass on the beach.

Find Sea Glass on Summerland Beach Santa Barbara


Sea Glass Lying on the Beach Santa Barbara

Have you been to Summerland Beach in Santa Barbara? Please comment about your experience in the comment section below.


    • Cathy

      Sorry to hear you only found one tiny piece in Santa Barbara. I’ve gone there a few times, but I always plan my trip a couple hours before low tide. I usually find a handful or two of sea glass.

  • Patrick

    I live here. I go often and also SLO and Morro Bay, al the way up past Big Sur and Carmel.

    I got over 40 pieces this past saturday, at high tide….with 10 feet of sand. on sunday at low tide on another beach i got 50 really nice pieces and some pottery shards as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ have to know where to look and when to look.

    • Cathy

      Sounds like you have the sea glass touch, especially if you’re finding a lot during high tide. Congrats on all your finds. I have a few pottery shards, but they’re all pretty small.

  • Patrick

    I do need to say, KEEP YOUR DOGS ON THE LEASH. IT IS NOT ok to take them off and run them at this beach. It’s becoming a problem now and they may ban dogs on this beach due to people taking them off the leash, and letting them jump on people, and poop all over the sand…
    I have been combing this beach for a few years now. Please do not tell the world about this spot. It’s a locals spot and we treasure it. Putting this up online will just open the flood gates. We’ll have no more sea glass to hunt…each time I go with my daughter, there are more and more and more tourists, not even from this country digging up the beach looking for glass…it’s heartbreaking actually…

  • Patrick

    I will give a hint, two beaches in Ventura that are better for sea glass and drift wood too is Hollywood Beach in Oxnard and Pierpont Beach in Ventura. Both are great. Easy access. Both are ok for dogs too.

  • Elizabeth Cattanach

    Patrick, I have a feeling that others may think the same of your collecting off of the beaches in San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. As Carlos said, it’s a public beach and the sea glass is not all yours. Entitlement comes in all shapes and sizes these days.

    • Patrick

      really? i own a small home there as well….in Cayucos. So yeah, i think i’ll continue to do that being a local there as well as in SB. thanks for the comment!

  • Megan

    Thank you! I followed the directions exactly and came away with many pieces of greens, clear blue and brown!!

  • Whale lover

    Thank you so much for sharing this!! I have been a huge ocean lover for over 40 years. I respect it and admire it’s mystical beauty with everything in it. I recently became “obsessed” with seaglass. I’ve only been doing it for about 6 months. I usually go to Ventura beach off of Sanjon, and have been very blessed with the pieces I find there. However when I went to your “secret” place yesterday I was over joyed with all the pieces I found!! It was a huge blessing to me, so thank you for sharing this beautiful spot. I want you to know not only how thankful I am for it, but will respect it as well๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

  • Linda

    Glass will come up on most beaches especially if there is some turmoil in the water. I have hunted on the east coast and in VA we have huge rivers that actually have water in them and they wash into the Huge Chesapeake Bay. lots of turbulence and you will find both river and sea glass, some even historical from Colonial Days, and many large pieces the sea has given up like portholes off old ships(not that i am lucky to find these).

    I am on the west coast now visiting for 8 months or so and am enjoying the hunt. nothing so far but haven’t gone much either. headed up to OR soon all beachfront so hopefully will have good finds. thanks for the secret beach info on here. i won’t be digging up the beach sand just looking.

  • jaenne

    Sea glass is for everyone. Locals may live close, but they don’t own the beach or the sea glass.

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