Dog Friendly Beaches in Santa Barbara, CA

There’s 1 dog friendly beach in Santa Barbara, and 2 more nearby. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Santa Barbara.

Pet Friendly Arroyo Burro Beach (Hendry's Beach)
Arroyo Burro Beach (Hendry's Beach) This off-leash beach in City of Santa Barbara is the beach that runs below the Douglas Family Preserve -- it begins east of the slough at Arroyo Burro Beach (the locals call it Hendry's Beach), and stretches almost to the steps at Mesa Lane. The fallen eucalyptus trees are considered the eastern boundary. From the parking lot at Arroyo Burro, walk to the beach, turn left, and cross the slough -- this will bring you to the off-leash legal area. Please be sure your dog is leashed in the parking lot and on the beach until you cross the slough. See Details
Pet Friendly Summerland Beach
Summerland Beach Horses and dogs are allowed on this beautiful beach about 5 minutes south of Santa Barbara. Porpoises and seals dance in the surf, and it's never crowded. Parking is available at both ends of the beach. See Details
Carpinteria State Beach Carpinteria State Beach offers a mile of beach for swimming, surf fishing, tidepool exploring, and camping. Although dogs are not allowed on the beach, there is a great picnic area where they can join you for lunch and to stretch their legs. As far as wildlife goes, seals and sea lions can be seen in the area from December through May, as well as an occasional gray whale. Carpinteria State Beach is open from 7am to sunset. See Details