Isla Vista Spot ID
Type: beach and reef
Reliability: fairly consistent
Best: Swell W | Wind NE
Sea Temperature Today is: 20.1 °C
Isla Vista in Santa Barbara is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around low tide. Often Crowded. Submerged rocks are a hazard.
Overall Isla Vista Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in October
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Use this relief map to navigate to CAL - Santa Barbara surf spots and tide stations that are in the area of Isla Vista
Tide stations nearest to Isla Vista:
- Closest tide stationIsla Vista1 mi
- Second closest tide stationGoleta3 mi
- Third closest tide stationSanta Barbara11 mi
- Fourth closest tide stationMontecito14 mi
- Fifth closest tide stationCarpinteria20 mi
Ski Resorts closest to Isla Vista:
- Closest ski areaAlta Sierra at Shirley Meadows (United States)116 mi
- Second closest ski areaMt Baldy (United States)124 mi
- Third closest ski areaSunrise Ski Area (United States)124 mi
- Fourth closest ski areaMountain High resort (United States)125 mi
- Fifth closest ski areaSnow Valley (United States)162 mi
Town and city forecasts close to Isla Vista:
- Closest city locationGoleta (United States)3 mi
- Second closest city locationSanta Barbara (United States)9 mi
- Third closest city locationVentura (United States)36 mi
- Fourth closest city locationLompoc (United States)37 mi
- Fifth closest city locationOxnard Shores (United States)39 mi
- The closest passenger airport to Isla Vista is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 74 km (46 miles) away (directly).
- The second nearest airport to Isla Vista is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD), also in USA, 76 km (47 miles) away.
- Third is Meadows Fld (Bakersfield) Airport (BFL) in USA, 136 km (84 miles) away.
- Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport (BUR) in USA is 140 km (87 miles) away.
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Isla Vista and is 144 km (89 miles) away.
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