Arroyo Burro Beach

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Coordinates: 34°24′11″N 119°44′38″W / 34.40295°N 119.7439666°W / 34.40295; -119.7439666

Arroyo Burro Beach Park
Hendry's Beach
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Arroyo Burro Beach, looking east, with the Wilcox Property (i.e. the Douglas Family Preserve) atop the cliffs to the left.
Location Cliff Drive, near Hope Ranch in Santa Barbara, California; Located about 5 miles west of Santa Barbara's city center.
Area 13.8 acres (6 ha)
Created 6 acres purchased (plus 6.8 acres leased) from State in 1947; State granted leased land to County in 1968; 1 acre granted for parking from private land trust in the 1990s[1]
Operated by Santa Barbara County Community Services Department - Parks Division
Open 8am - Sunset
Website Arroyo Burro Beach Park

Arroyo Burro Beach, also known as Hendry's Beach by local residents, is a public beach in Santa Barbara County, California. Located off of Cliff Drive, it is the terminus of Arroyo Burro Creek, and stands at the foot of the Santa Barbara coastal bluffs of the Wilcox Property (Douglas Family Preserve), which is adjacent to the east. The community of Hope Ranch is about one mile to the west.

Arroyo Burro has a reputation as a "dog beach", and is a popular location for dog owners to walk their pets off leash, though Arroyo Burro itself is actually on-leash (the off-leash area is just east below the Wilcox Property [Douglas Family Preserve]). Surfers also frequent the beach's waters, and outdoor showers facilitate the sport. The beach's other recreational features include a grassy area with picnic tables and barbecue grills, a restaurant and snack bar with outdoor and indoor seating. The park officially closes at sunset, at which time entrance to the (free) parking lot is prohibited. However, vehicles parked before sunset can remain into the evening hours.

A popular restaurant known as "The Brown Pelican" was formerly situated overlooking the beach. The "Boathouse" opened up in August 2008 in its place, with new owners and significant remodeling.

The Hendry's Beach name is used by local residents, as the nearby farm land (now replaced by homes) was the home of Scottish immigrants William Nicol and Anne Stronach Hendry and their children. The Hendry family was there from the 1890s until about 1918.


  1. ^ County of Santa Barbara: Arroyo Burro Beach Park, Day Use Parks (accessed Aug 2015)