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THE WATERFRONT STRETCHES FOR MILES – BUSY AND ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL

The Spaniards who founded Santa Barbara in 1782 were soldiers and priests, not seafaring men. Perhaps that is why no provision was made for a harbor. The waterfront, extending 3.6 miles from Shoreline Park to the Bird Refuge, offered no natural, safe anchorage. Early-day mariners used to drop anchor a mile offshore, ready to slip their cables and head for the open sea if foul weather threatened. The ocean used to cover what today is the City College football field, known as La Playa Stadium. Today the Santa Barbara Waterfront stretches from the Harbor across from Santa Barbara City College along Cabrillo Boulevard past Stearn’s Wharf to East Beach, which is near the Santa Barbara Zoo and Bird Refuge. There are Hotels and Motels located along the Waterfront, behind which are charming homes, duplexes, triplexes and apartment buildings.