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Off Leash Dog beach is the best!

My Golden Retriever had a blast playing with dozens of free range friends on this dramatic... read more

Reviewed April 12, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia
Go off-hours

We went here twice: once on a Sunday and once during the day on Monday. The difference in the... read more

Reviewed March 8, 2018
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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 April 12, 2018

My Golden Retriever had a blast playing with dozens of free range friends on this dramatic cliff-lined beach.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank nedsbarn
Reviewed March 8, 2018

We went here twice: once on a Sunday and once during the day on Monday. The difference in the number of people and even the atmosphere was like night and day. If I'd only gone on Sunday, the review would be 4/5 but because we...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank intlwanderlust
Reviewed February 26, 2018

Our dog loves the ocean and she had plenty of it at this glorious beach. To the left of the parking lot, dogs are free to run off leash along half a mile of golden sand. There's even a self-service dog wash for cleaning up...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank harvey6274
Reviewed February 19, 2018

The weather was great on a busy Sunday. Parking was full and required patience, but well worth the wait. We walked north along the beach and eventually left the crowds behind. This is a beautiful beach. I would love to return on a weekday, and...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Pamela L
Reviewed January 12, 2018

Parking lot always busy but I walk to this beach along the shoreline from other beaches. Just watch the tide. Dog area at this beach.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank S A
Reviewed January 5, 2018

I have walked this beach since I have lived in SB. A go to place except for parking during crowded times. Early morning wonderful . If you have a dog the off leash part of the beach is a fabulous walk, to the left, especially...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank katheemiller
Reviewed November 24, 2017

For decades now, this beach has been a walkers/ explores beach. It requires knowing the tide charts before walking out long distances and not being able to get back. There is a restaurant on the beach for breakfast and lunch. Parking can be an issue.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank BlakievanHemert
Reviewed October 28, 2017

We come here every time in Santa Barbara. Yes, it is a dog beach but dogs only allowed off leash on left side. Must be on leash on right. Have never seen aggressive dogs in 30 years going there. Lovely shore, surf and sand. The...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank nswanson
Reviewed September 24, 2017

When we visit Santa Barbara, we try to walk this beach most days. Lots of cute dogs and nice dog owners, plus a great breakfast place add to the great views on this beach.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Travelingkim52511
Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile

If you like dogs, this is your beach. If you like quiet beaches without the risk of stepping in doo or being affronted by an assortment of other people's dogs... Arroyo Burro is not your beach. Good owners follow the leash rules, but it seems...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank steven c
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