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Pro Tips for Visiting the Beautiful and Less Touristy Arroyo Burro

This is one of Santa Barbara's many beautiful beaches that is loved by locals and visitors alike... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Santa Barbara, California
Great views, nice coastline

This beach is very different from most along the california coast. It has a decent amount of sea... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
San Jose, California
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“dog beach”(25 reviews)
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The locals call it Hendry's Beach, a place to meet for breakfast or a cocktail at sunset, stroll or jog the sandy shore, watch for whales, fish or ride the wild surf.
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2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1024
(805) 884-0459
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is one of Santa Barbara's many beautiful beaches that is loved by locals and visitors alike. Here are pro-tips. There is good parking at this beach but this place still gets busy in the summer and on the weekends. It is not a huge...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MrGaucho1987
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beach is very different from most along the california coast. It has a decent amount of sea life and the waves are generally calmer here than most places in SoCal

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Brix510
Reviewed 11 December 2018

if you are looking for this private and out of it all beach, then this is the one. It is not the known place to everyone and i have hesitate to write about it at the beginning but its beauty needs to be shared, especially...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Eddie S
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Went to see this as it was close to our base. Lots of dog walkers, walkers and sightseers on the long sandy beach. We were disgusted with the amount of poo bags and excrement left on the beach. 2 separate dog walkers allowed their dogs...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank neil g
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Wonderful beach. Lots of parking and nice restrooms and showers. Great beach for long walks and a nice sitting area and wonderful restaurant

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SharonS2355
Reviewed 10 September 2018

We hiked the Douglas Wilderness area and you get fantastic views of the beach from his area. Access the trail from the parking area. Then hit the beach. Lots of happy dogs!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank okatty
Reviewed 2 September 2018

There are many beaches, and we have been to 4 beaches, Santa Claus, Santa Barbara, one I can't remember anymore and this one. This one was the best! So beautiful!

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Mi N
Reviewed 27 August 2018

We loved this beach, feels hidden. Not overly crowded, beautiful views. We saw dolphins one morning as we walked the beach. Could easily swim here if you wanted (many do), build sand castles, look for shells or just soak up the sun. A favorite spot...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Shannon E
Reviewed 24 August 2018

Pleasant putdoor restaurant with excellent beech view.Good beech for a long walk popular with dogs take sun cream and a hat

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Nick J
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Great place to walk and get away from the crowds if you so desire. Public Bathrooms have improved. Snack bar if needed! Crowded by the parking lot, but walk a ways down and you'll practically have the place to yourself.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Dianne V
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