Hendry’s Beach

Hendry's Beach
Hendry’s Beach

Dive Site: Hendry’s Beach (officially named Arroyo Burro Beach Park) is an easy dive site with great accessibility, 10-30 feet of depth, low current and surf, and a fairly easy entry. It is mostly a sandy bottom with patches of kelp and rocks that harbor a decent variety of wildlife. The entry is straight down the steps from the parking lot and is an easy, gradually sloping sandy bottom; however, strong storms can move vast amounts of sand exposing sharp rocks that make for unstable footing. Be aware of this and be careful. Visibility can change quickly but is generally decent.

Amenities: There are public restrooms and there is an area that provides benches, picnic tables, and BBQ grills. There is also a restaurant that could be a nice backup plan in case you need to cancel the dive due to unforeseen conditions.

Parking: There is quite a bit of parking available but it is also a popular destination for beach visits. In addition, there’s a popular restaurant that attracts quite a few visitors for breakfast and brunch. So it may be difficult to get a parking spot close to the beach. There are some parking spots for loading and unloading only so, with some coordination, do don’t need to walk too far fully suited up in your scuba gear.

Directions: From the 101, take the Las Positas exit and head south on Las Positas road. Take Las Positas for about a mile until it ends at Cliff Drive. Turn right and proceed approximately 1/4 mile to the entrance to the park. Parking is free but limited, especially on the weekends. If the primary parking lot is full, you may want to unload your gear in one of the 10-minute parking places near the water first and then park in the overflow lot. The primary dive site is located straight out from the steps leading to the beach. You may want to enter the water a short ways up or down the beach depending on beach activity.

Santa Barbara Area Scuba