Santa Barbara's Arroyo Burro Beach is a little known secret tucked away on the town's western edge. Referred to locally as Hendry's Beach, this narrow strip of sand begins at the terminus of the Arrow Burro creek, and runs for miles along steep bluffs, with some of the south coast's nicest neighbor hoods nestled overhead.
|Hendry's Beach, Santa Barbara, CA|
From Hwy 101, take Las Positas Road south. You'll come to a t intersection with cliff drive. Turn right, and a parking lot will come up quickly on the left. This lot provides access to the Arroyo Burro Beach Park as well as The Boathouse Restaurant. Free public parking is available during the day and closes at sunset, although cars already there are allowed to stay.
|Parking and Restaurant; Cliff Dr in background|
|Walking North up the coast|
|Extent of our Northward venture|
Arroyo Burro beach is well-known for being dog friendly, and barbecues and bonfires are common, although not allowed except in designated areas in the park.
|Blue is Northbound, Red is Southbound|
Hendry's Beach gained its local name from William Nicol and Anne Stronach Hendry, who owned and lived on the adjacent bluffs during the late 1800 and early 1900s.
|Speed and Elevation profile of first leg of walk.|
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