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Photo By Blake Bronstad, Courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara

Key Info

2981 Cliff Dr.

Price & Hours

8 a.m.-sunset daily


Free, Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Also called Hendry's Beach by locals who love to walk their dogs here (there are even dog-washing stations), Arroyo Burro Beach is a pretty stretch of sand with plenty of options for outdoor fun. Visitors can sunbathe, swim, surf, whale watch, surf fish and or enjoy a picnic and take advantage of on-site grills.

Recent beach-goers admired the beauty and serenity of the area, with many calling the park "wonderful" and "relaxing." If you get hungry, the Boathouse at Hendry's Beach is a popular spot for dining and happy hour drinks.

The park, located 5 miles west of Santa Barbara, is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. You can reach the park via car or the MTD bus, which stops right outside the park's entrance. More information can be found on the Santa Barbara County Parks website.

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#1 East Beach

There are four major beaches in Santa Barbara: Leadbetter, Arroyo Burro, West and East. While Leadbetter has the harbor, Arroyo Burro is best for travelers with dogs and West Beach is home to the fireworks on the Fourth of July, East Beach is the best stretch to catch some rays without being mobbed by crowds. 

The shoreline may still fill up more on the weekends, but East Beach is a bit more removed from State Street and the downtown area than the other beaches, offering more space to stretch out or take a walk along the sandy shores. You may have to protect yourself from the occasional rogue volleyball though, as there are more than a dozen sandy courts here. 

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