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Arroyo Burro Beach
Just five miles west of Santa Barbara, Arroyo Burro Beach (a.k.a Hendy's Beach) is 110% worth the drive. Secluded by towering cliffs and a curving coastline, it's the perfect weekend all-day trip and
it's pup-friendly. Surfers and hand-gliders are frequenters of this local favorite! We suggest driving there in the morning, hitting up the Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
for brunch, laying out with a great read, and ending the day with a BBQ dinner in the grill and picnic area.
Arroyo Burro Beach, 2981 Cliff Drive (near Las Gaviotas); 805-687-3714.
Nicholas Canyon County Beach
Known to surfers as Zero Beach and just ten minutes north of Zuma, this spot is beloved by many. Sandier than other surrounding beaches, it’s the best for lying on your towel and getting a little color for a couple hours. Just don’t forget to pack some snacks and set up your feast at one of the picnic tables high up on one of the bluffs overlooking the ocean. Or, you can always hit up one of the many food trucks that park along PCH during the summer months.
Nicholas Canyon County Beach, 33850 Pacific Coast Highway (near Nicholas Beach Road); 310-305-9546.
Annenberg Community Beach House
Located directly on Santa Monica Bay, right off PCH, this open-to-the-public beach house features five acres of oceanfront awesomeness. Quick history lesson: The house was built by publisher mogul William Randolph Hearst for Marion Davies, and some of the house's original structure still remains. What makes it so extraordinary isn't the beach, but the near Olympic-sized pool, beach volleyball courts, soccer fields, canopies, recreation room, and tons more. Let's just say you'll never be bored, even if it's a cloudy day.
Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway (near Entrada Drive); 310-458-4904.