There is nothing more relaxing than taking a walk on the beach. The warmth of the sun, the crashing of the waves, the laughter of children playing in the sand. People travel from all around the world to visit beaches, and I am lucky enough to live a stones throw away from one of the most sought after vacation destinations; Santa Barbara. With its Mediterranean climate and stunning natural beauty , it has been dubbed the “American Riviera.”
Located just south of Santa Barbara is the affluent town of Montecito, having not only an abundance of wealthy residence but also of beautiful views. One of my favorite beaches in the area is Butterfly Beach. Not as touristy as East and West Beach, Butterfly provides the perfect combination of beauty and accessibility. There is street parking available along the beach but I prefer to park on Old Coast Hwy where it is intersected by Butterfly Lane. Turn right after the Chevron to find ample parking and a tunnel entrance that connects to the beach. Cross some rail road tracks, continue a block and you will be at Butterfly 🙂
Beach walking is good for more than just the breathtaking views. Here are some other benefits:
- Takes more energy. Walking in sand takes more effort than walking on a hard surface, so you are burning calories while burning stress!
- Massage your feet. If you walk briskly on the beach, you’ll get the added benefit of the sand massaging the soles of your feet, which activates venous and lymphatic circulation. And if you’re right at the water’s edge, the sea water will massage your ankles, providing a free complete foot massage!
- Free exfoliation. The friction of your feet against the sand is a marvellous natural exfoliant. Walking barefoot will result in softer feet in no time, just like a home peel treatment!
- Mineral magic. There’s another benefit to seawater, too, as it contains minerals (iodine and sodium) that help prevent ageing – not to mention the fact that it’s relaxing!
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