Varies, depending on which loop(s) you get on, up to about 10 miles.
Destination Distance From Downtown
3 of 5 diamonds
Time To Complete
Around West Beach and Shoreline Park, you'll find plenty of paved paths worth running and exploring. The pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and bike paths make this area a great destination for urban road runners. There are a variety of loops on offer (some as long as 10-miles) and there are always nice ocean views to accompany you along the way.
What Makes It Great
One particular route in this area is running from Shoreline Park on the Cabrillo Boulevard beach path to the Andree Clark Bird Refugee and back for a total of seven miles. This is one of the most peaceful and flattest runs to take in Santa Barbara. Expect the path to be crowded and to do some weaving on the weekends and throughout the summer. In this case, the early bird gets the worm (or rather the clear path ahead).
Enjoy a day at Arroyo Beach after your run or grab a bite to eat at one of the many local snack shops or restaurants along the path. If this route is too long or too short, don't be dissuaded from coming to this area. Feel free to create your own personalized route by winding through the many adjacent neighborhoods and parks. And most importantly, have a good run!
Who is Going to Love It
If you're looking for a semi-urban road running route with nice ocean views and flat, paved paths, this area definitely fits the bill.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
There are also public restrooms, plenty of public parks, and free 90-minute parking at Shoreline Beach Cafe from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.