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Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara, California
Arroyo Burro Beach County Park is the official name of what Santa Barbara locals call Hendry’s Beach. This beach is surrounded by tall bluffs with parks and trails on top including the Douglas Family Preserve, a wooded space saved from development by locals and even Michael Douglas who named it in honor of his father Kirk. A footpath into the preserve begins at the entrance to the parking lot. Overhead at Hendry’s there are hang gliders and paragliders that take off from Elings Park nearby. Right at the beach is the Boathouse Restaurant so you can make this an all day affair or an evening visit for dinner. This is one of the cleanest beaches in the area because adults and kids venture out from the South Coast Watershed Resource Center to clean it monthly. The water however can be unsanitary if the creek is flowing so ask lifeguards if you plan to swim. The center is located at the same parking lot as Hendry’s and offers education programs for local kids. It’s possible to walk quite a ways in both directions from here especially at lower tides.
The parking lot entrance for Hendry’s Beach is just west of the intersection of Cliff Drive and Los Positas Road. This is a popular beach so the parking lots fill up quick on nice days. Arroyo Burro Creek flows across the beach sometimes. South of this creek dogs are allowed to roam free if under voice control.
2981 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
- Park Name
- Arroyo Burro Beach County Park
- County Beach
- Other Names
- Hendry's Beach
- Sunbathing, Bodyboarding, Swimming, Fishing, Hiking, Beachcombing, Beach Walking
- Lifeguard, Restrooms, Picnic Tables, BBQs, Grass Park, Restaurant, Accessible Features
- Pet Policy
- Dogs allowed off leash on the beach south of the creek mouth, and on-leash in the rest of the park