Officially named "Arroyo Burro Beach Park," this beach is just a ten minute drive along the Coast from downtown Santa Barbara. Hendry's is secluded by towering cliffs and a curving coastline. Surfers and children vie for territory as the waves tumble into shore. Hendry's is centrally located to a great deal of other fun. Elings Park is a half mile up Las Positas so you will often see paragliders launching from nearby cliffs. A centerpiece of the beach is the Boathouse Restaurant and a snackbar.

  • Amenities: Accessible Features, Dog Wash, BBQs, Grass Park, Lifeguard, Picnic Tables, Restaurant, Restrooms, Showers, Trails
  • Activities: Beachcombing, Beach Walking, Bodyboarding, Fishing, Hiking, Sunbathing, Swimming
  • Dog Policy: Dogs allowed off leash on the beach east (left as you face the ocean) of Arroyo Burro Creek, and on-leash in the rest of the beach and park

Dogs are only allowed off leash on the beach in Santa Barbara in one specific, continuous stretch of beach: west (right as you face the ocean) of the beach staircase at Shoreline Park, all of Thousand Steps Beach, all of Mesa Lane Beach, and east (left as you face the ocean) of the mouth of Arroyo Burro Creek at Hendry's Beach.

Right next door to the beach, atop the towering bluff to the east, is the Douglas Family Reserve which features some of the most pristine cliffside terrain in all of Santa Barbara. Though there is a lot of parking at Hendry's, when it's gone - the parking's gone. There are no beach volleyball courts or random entertainment offerings. This is a beach for sand and surf enthusiasts with a killer restaurant/bar popped right down in the middle of it.

Directions: Take the 101 Freeway to Las Positas Road. Turn away from the mountains. When you come to a roundabout veer to the right. The entrance to Hendry's Beach will be a short distance away on your left.