One of the most popular county parks with excellent beach walking, reasonably good parking and dining at the Boathouse. A nice loop can be made by returning by way of the Douglas Preserve.
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, surf fish, or ride the wild surf. Known for its sandy beaches, swimming, surfing and surf fishing, this park also offers a cool grassy area for picnics and playing. The MTD bus stops at the park entrance.
Farm land near Hendry's Beach was the home of Scottish immigrants William Nicol and Anne Stronach Hendry and their children. The Hendry family nearby from the 1890s until about 1918.
BBQ Grills, Beach Access, Benches or Picnic Tables, Bird Watching, Equestrian Trails, Fishing, Restaurant or Snacks, Restrooms, Surfing, Swimming, seasonal lifeguards.
In 1947, six acres of Arroyo Burro Beach Park were purchased from the State of California, and an additional 6.8 acres were leased. In 1968, the State granted this leased land to the County. In the 1990s, an additional acre for parking was dedicated to the County by a private land trust.
Arroyo Burro Beach County Park is located 5 miles west of Santa Barbara's city center on Cliff Drive near Hope Ranch. From Highway 101 take Las Positas Road south to Cliff Drive. Turn right and travel 1/2 mile to the park entrance.
Enjoy fine dining and great views from the Boathouse at Hendry's Beach, one of the more pleasant spots to enjoy a meal any time of the day. (805) 898-2628
Hours of Operation
Lunch: Everyday 2-5pm
Dinner: Everyday 5pm-Close
Brunch: Everyday 7:30am-2pm
HH: Sun-Thurs 3pm-6pm, Fri 8 pm-close, no happy hour Saturday