Located just ten minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, Arroyo Burro Beach is often referred to by locals as Hendry’s Beach. This beach is known for its winding coastline and light surf. Arroyo Burro Beach is also surrounded by tall bluffs that lead visitors to a variety of parks and trails, such as the Douglas Family Preserve and Elings Park.
Things to Do at Arroyo Burro Beach
Arroyo Burro Beach is the perfect beach for families because of its mild surf and proximity to local parks. Here, popular activities include bodyboarding, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding, surfing and swimming. Visitors also enjoy taking walks along the coastline and sunbathing.
Off the beach, we recommend visiting the Douglas Family Preserve which features some of the most pristine terrain in the area. The 70-acre reserve is an undeveloped park with a variety of trails that offer beautiful ocean and beach views. It’s also a great spot for watching local marine life such as dolphins and whales. This park is particularly popular for dog owners as its one of the only parks in Santa Barbara that offers off-leash areas.
Dogs at Arroyo Burro Beach
Like Douglas Family Preserve, Arroyo Burro Beach is also dog friendly. While dogs must always be leashed on the beach, your four-legged friends can swim, take walks along the bluffs, or get a bath at one of the beach’s self-serve washing stations.
Also located at Arroyo Burro Beach is the Boathouse Restaurant. Offering pristine ocean views and a robust menu, this is a great place to grab a bite while enjoying the beach and surrounding trails. Boathouse serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as an extensive wine list and Happy Hour menu.
How to Get to Arroyo Burro Beach
Arroyo Burro Beach is five miles west of the city center. If coming from Highway 101, visitors will take the Las Positas Road exit and drive south to Cliff Dr. From there, turn right and drive half a mile to the park’s entrance.