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You will see more birds than people on the wonderfully wild, sandy beaches that stretch between Santa Barbara’s popular Leadbetter beach and its dog-friendly Hendry’s beach. On a mid-August stroll, I was accompanied by curlews, cormorants, stilts, and dunlin that bobbed in and out of the waves, while a stately great blue heron stood in quiet contemplation. Make sure you check the tides, however, and keep an eye out for escape routes up the steps cut in the sheer cliffs to avoid being cut off between the rocky outcrops by incoming tides. Refreshments available at the Boathouse restaurant.