Don’t Pass Lookout Park In Summerland

How I Discovered Lookout Park in Summerland

I discovered Lookout Park in Summerland quite by accident. Summerland is on the California Central Coast just south of Santa Barbara. Twenty years ago we frequently drove back and forth between our old house in Newbury Park, and Templeton, where we live now. On one of those trips I needed to make a rest stop. I saw the sign for Summerland as the next freeway exit, and decided to see what was there. It turned out that Lookout Park was there.

Don't Pass Lookout Park In Summerland. It is the best rest stop between San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. It has picnic areas, clean restrooms, beach access, and a dog wash.
Lookout Park Sign, © B. Radisavljevic

All I had to do was turn right at the end of the ramp and drive about a block across the railroad tracks, and into the parking lot. Your first view from the parking lot is the grassy park area above the beach. See that park area in the very top image.

Don't Pass Lookout Park In Summerland
Parking Lot at Lookout Park in Summerland

I think it’s called Lookout Park because it’s where you can either look out over the beach from the park, or access the beach from a path that goes downhill. The photo here shows the ocean view from the park.

Don't Pass Lookout Park In Summerland
Looking down at Ocean from Lookout Park in Summerland

The path to the beach goes down a hill and you can get a closer and closer view of the ocean as you get lower. It’s a short walk and most people will have no trouble with the slope. People with bad knees may have a problem. This photo shows the path.

Don't Pass Lookout Park In Summerland. It is the best rest stop between San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. It has picnic areas, clean restrooms, beach access, and a dog wash.
Path to Beach at Lookout Park in Summerland

 

Lookout Park Facilities

Lookout Park has  clean restrooms, picnic areas, benches for resting, a dog spa, and a playground.

The restroom floor does get wet, since people come in from the beach to use it. I’ve never yet found it filthy or without toilet paper.

Don't Pass Lookout Park In Summerland. It is the best rest stop between San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. It has picnic areas, clean restrooms, beach access, and a dog wash.
Womens Restroom at Lookout Park, © B. Radisavljevic

Here’s where you can picnic while you watch your children play. Note the volleyball net in the background.

Don't Pass Lookout Park In Summerland. It is the best rest stop between San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. It has picnic areas, clean restrooms, beach access, and a dog wash.
Picnic and Playground, © B. Radisavljevic

There’s even a dog spa to get the sand off your dog before it gets back in the car

Dog Spa at Lookout Park
Pet Spa at Lookout Park

There are benches in the grassy area, and also along the main path to the beach if you need to rest.

Don't Pass Lookout Park In Summerland. It is the best rest stop between San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. It has picnic areas, clean restrooms, beach access, and a dog wash.
Man on Bench Reading at Lookout Park, © B. Radisavljevic

Scenery at Lookout Park

Don't Pass Lookout Park In Summerland. It is the best rest stop between San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. It has picnic areas, clean restrooms, beach access, and a dog wash.
North End of Beach, © B. Radisavljevic

These  people are enjoying the beach on Christmas Eve, when most of these photos were taken. Dogs are supposed to be kept on leashes, but people often don’t follow those rules.

Don't Pass Lookout Park In Summerland. It is the best rest stop between San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. It has picnic areas, clean restrooms, beach access, and a dog wash.
Dog and People Enjoying Summerland Beach on Christmas Eve, © B. Radisavljevic

The beach at Lookout Park in Summerland is smooth and sandy. Walking on it will not hurt your feet. It resembles Southern California beaches more than the more rugged North Coast.

Don't Pass Lookout Park In Summerland. It is the best rest stop between San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. It has picnic areas, clean restrooms, beach access, and a dog wash.
Beach at Lookout Park on Christmas Eve, © B. Radisavljevic

This is part of a trail that goes through the woods down to the beach.

Don't Pass Lookout Park In Summerland. It is the best rest stop between San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. It has picnic areas, clean restrooms, beach access, and a dog wash.
Summerland Trail to Beach, © B. Radisavljevic

Lookout Park is the Ideal Rest Stop Between San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties

Lookout Park in Summerland is a great place for a rest stop if you don’t want to get out onto the Santa Barbara streets and try to find a public restroom.  Good luck with that unless you know the area. It’s cheaper and more fun to pack a picnic lunch, find a place on the grass or the beach, and enjoy the out-of-doors. You can also get a taste of nature while you and your children stretch your legs. You can take them down to the beach to play, or find one of the short hiking trails, like the one pictured above. Everything you could want at a rest stop is here.

Now we stop there often on our way south for the holidays. Sometimes we pack a picnic lunch to eat there in the park. It’s usually peaceful in the winter, and the view of the ocean is not to be missed. Sure beats the fast food restaurants. It’s also close to the halfway point when we are driving to Orange County or Los Angeles


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These products I made at Zazzle help keep memories of Summerland alive and let you share them with others. The poster show one of the shelters people had made on the beach with driftwood. I’ve always like the photo of the man on the bench, contemplating the ocean. The puzzle shows the shoreline of Summerland. These are samples of my Summerland designs. There are multiple products available for each design when you click through. 

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 Summerland: Man Contemplates Ocean Postcard Beach, Summerland, California Puzzle

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Don't Pass Lookout Park In Summerland. It is the best rest stop between San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. It has picnic areas, clean restrooms, beach access, and a dog wash.

 

Photos and text, B. Radisavljevic, Copyright 2016, All Rights Reserved

This post was previously published on BlogJob.com on October 15, 2015, which is why comments may be dated earlier than the publication date of this post.

9 thoughts on “Don’t Pass Lookout Park In Summerland

  • October 1, 2015 at 6:15 pm
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    The place is so peaceful and serene! An afternoon delight picnic by the view of the ocean is perfect too!

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    • October 1, 2015 at 6:20 pm
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      That’s why this is one of our favorite places for a rest stop at any time of year. The weather is mild year round.

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  • October 2, 2015 at 6:24 am
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    What a beautiful place. Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing Barbara.

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    • October 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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      It was a happy accident that I found it. It’s great to have a place about halfway to a trip you take often where you can use the restrooms, take a walk, have a picnic, and see the ocean. Beats the official rest stops every time.

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  • October 2, 2015 at 11:45 am
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    Those photos are beautiful. I miss being near the ocean.

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    • October 2, 2015 at 1:02 pm
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      Thank you, Sandy. Where did you used to be near the ocean?

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      • October 8, 2015 at 2:17 pm
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        In Fort Myers, Florida. I live in NW Ohio now.

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  • December 1, 2015 at 8:08 am
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    I wish I could see all these beautiful places like you @barbrad . I envy you 😀

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    • December 1, 2015 at 11:38 pm
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      You have some beautiful places in your country I haven’t seen yet, too.

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