Secrets of Haskells Beach, Goleta, CA

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Haskells Beach was a secret surf spot for decades, but this tour will let you explore the beauty while learning about its rich history. “Excellent Guide: This tour guide is both entertaining and informative. It is also easy to follow. Tom Modugno obviously loves his subject and his enthusiasm is infectious. The photos are excellent and the historical material fascinating. You will be introduced to colorful local characters from the past and learn about a bizarre event from WW II that shook the entire country. This guide will please everybody from beach lovers to bird watchers to history buffs. Even if you never come to Goleta this is a great virtual tour with a charming host.” Robert A. Drury

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  • to play and pause as you wish
  • providing a day or two of entertainment for less than $5
  • including insider tips, maps and directions
  • fascinating information throughout your route
  • and tons of photos because 'a picture is worth 1000 words'
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Secrets of Haskells Beach, Goleta, California

Just north of Santa Barbara, Haskells Beach was a secret surf spot for decades before an exclusive resort was built there in 1999. Since then, it has become more popular, but most folks still don’t know all the historic events that have happened in this area. Enjoy a short walk through the natural beauty while learning about the first people to live there, early attempts to capitalize on the pristine coastline, how an early landowner used a scruffy cactus to predict the biggest oil gusher in history, why the Japanese Navy chose this beach to attack by submarine, and more interesting tidbits of history!

People tell us all the time that our tours make travel easier and much more interesting. This tour, which plays on your mobile device, will lead you by foot to the secrets that Haskells Beach in Goleta, California, hold for those interested in the remarkable history of this fascinating area.

Tour Highlights

Explore these and more with your expert personal guide, available 24/7 on your schedule!

  • Overview
  • The Chumash
  • Naples of California
  • Cactus and Oil
  • Japan Attacks!
  • Bird Island
Transportation Walking
Specialty History
And much much more…

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Additional information



Tom Modugno

I'm a Goleta native that knows the area intimately. I started a history blog several years ago and have an extensive collection of current and historical photos which I've shared in this tour. The secrets described include many of the stories passed down by historians, as well as those from news articles published as early as the 1800's.


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1-If you choose to walk down to the beach, be aware of the occasional tar that seeps naturally from the ocean floor and ends up on the beach. If you do step in it, baby oil is a great way to remove it. 2-If you'd like to have a picnic before or after the tour, stop at Cal Taco just down the street at 7320 Hollister Ave and pickup some burgers and fries. 3-If you like to golf, Sandpiper Golf Club is right next door at 7925 Hollister Ave! A beautiful course on the edge of the Pacific Ocean with breathtaking ocean and mountain views from every hole, Sandpiper is truly a memorable experience. 4-Even if you aren't a golfer, there is a cool monument at Sandpiper dedicated to the shelling of Ellwood. It's worth checking that out and the awesome views across the golf course to the ocean. They have a great little restaurant and bar there too! 5-Don't forget your sunscreen!
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Tours4Mobile Reviews

"Exciting, a whole new concept"
Around The World Travel Radio

"Even though I am a local, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting and learning more about the history of the landmarks. The author's interest in the area comes through in his engaging style of writing. Being able to complete the tour at my own pace made it even
more enjoyable."
Flora Savitzky (Researcher)

"When the conference ended, I stayed in town on my own and used T4M's self-guided tour to decide which things in town I wanted to visit and what to see/do there. The guide was right every step of the way. Bottom line, this guide helped me make the most of my time in town."
Ed Wetschler, SATW & Editor of Tripitini