Arroyo Burro Beach Park a/k/a Hendry’s Beach

Better known as Hendry’s Beach, Arroyo Burro Beach Park is a great place to walk, sun, swim and relax. You can run or hike a long way on the beach, especially traveling west. If you have a dog, the east portion of the beach, across from Arroyo Burro Creek, is off-leash, and there are self-serve dog wash stations. For swimmers and surfers, there are outdoor showers for people, too.

In addition to the beach, the park includes an estuary and interpretive signage about the importance of watershed resources and restoration.

With soemthing for everyone, this beach consistently wins the Best Beach and Dog Park Award in the Santa Barbara Independent’s "Best of Santa Barbara" Readers Poll.



2981 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara

Managed By

Santa Barbara County

Distance from UCSB

7.9 mi (biking)

How To Get There

Bike, Bus, Drive, Walk

Things To Do

Beach Activities, BBQ, Birdwatching, Dog Off-Leash, Hiking (beach), Picnicking, Relaxing, Running, Studying/Reading, Surfing, Swimming, Viewing, Walking, Watchable Wildlife

Fun Facts

The South Coast Watershed Resource Center is located here, and in addition to watershed education, the Center sponsors monthly beach clean-ups.

There are several current and past important watershed and bank stabilizations projects  associated with improving the water quality of Arroyo Burro Creek. If you are planning on hiking the beach, it is best to do so during low tides.

Here is helpful tide information.

Nearby Public Lands Worth Visiting

Douglas Family Preserve is right next to Arroyo Burro Beach (ABB), and can be accessed from the ABB parking lot. The Douglas Family Preserve is one of the Great Destinations described on this website.

Best Time To Visit

All Year

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