Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
Yes
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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Hendry's Beach and the surrounding Arroyo Burro Beach Park is a very popular spot for tourists and residents to enjoy a beautiful shoreline on the coast of southern California. The beach has a seasonal lifeguard on duty keeping an eye on the plentiful surfers in the water from the tower. The receding tides expose rocky pools, which attract tons of seabirds hunting for small fish.

The beach is quite thin near the restaurant and the parking lot, but it does get wider as you head west down the coast. The beach is large enough to find some solitude if you don't mind walking away from the beach park. There are a few benches and picnic tables that are often used by people waiting to eat at the Boathouse at Hendry's Beach, which is a nice restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

For more information about the beach, visit the County of Santa Barbara.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall
Spring

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Beautiful beach. Decent surf. Good restaurant located at the beach.

Cons

Can get very crowded.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

Flushing toilets
Picnic tables
Surfing
Whale watching
Big vistas
Bird watching
Tide pools
Family friendly
Fishing

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Santa Barbara + Sierra Madre/San Rafael Mountains, California
Santa Barbara + Sierra Madre/San Rafael Mountains, California
Santa Barbara + Sierra Madre/San Rafael Mountains, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Santa Barbara + Sierra Madre/San Rafael Mountains, California
Santa Barbara + Sierra Madre/San Rafael Mountains, California

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