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About Carpinteria Seal Sanctuary in Carpinteria, California

The Carpinteria Seal Sanctuary is a harbor seal rookery next to the old oil pier just south of Carpinteria State Beach. As expected, the beach at the sanctuary is off-limits to the public, but it’s still a great spot to visit. On the bluff above the sanctuary there is a public overlook that provides close views of these lively marine animals. Often there is a volunteer at the overlook to answer questions and to provide information on them. The pier next to the sanctuary is photogenic but privately-owned and closed to the public. Access to the sanctuary is through the Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve. From the preserve parking lot there are trails that head toward the ocean. Stay right on the Bluff Trail and soon after crossing railroad tracks there is steep trail that heads left down to a public beach below the preserve. If you keep walking farther along the bluff signs for the sanctuary overlook will come into view. Walking even farther on the Bluff Trail will eventually lead to Tar Pits Beach and Carpinteria State Beach.

Carpinteria Ave and Bailard Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
Other Names
Carpinteria Harbor Seal Rookery
Pet Details
No dogs on the beach or at the rookery overlook
No fee for parking
Wildlife Watching, Walking
Seal Rookery, Pier, Ocean Overlook, Trails
Map of Carpinteria Seal Sanctuary
Carpinteria, US
1:23 pm, July 18, 2024
temperature icon 73°F
L: 70° H: 80°
Feels like 72.7 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 4 m/s
UV Index: 11.49
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:59 am
Sunset: 8:09 pm
Humidity 50 %
Pressure1015 mb
Wind 4 m/s

Nearby Beaches

Tar Pits Beach

0.4 miles away

Tar Pits Beach is an area within Carpinteria State Beach where asphalt seeps out onto the beach. The oily...

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Carpinteria State Beach

0.9 miles away

Carpinteria State Beach is an excellent white sand beach right in the city of Carpinteria. The state beach starts...

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