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Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve

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Beautiful Ocean Views on a Slightly Foggy Day

This is a simple basic state park stretching along the low cliffs in the meadow above the beach... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
jfarlam
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Windsor, Canada
Walk off Breakfast

Spent an hour after a breakfast walking the trails. They are well groomed. Runners or sandals will... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2018
Danny M
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Kelowna, Canada
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“seal rookery”(4 reviews)
“ocean view”(3 reviews)
“flat walking”(2 reviews)
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a simple basic state park stretching along the low cliffs in the meadow above the beach. The railway tracks and Pacific Coast Highway are behind you as you walk. We had heard there is natural tar in the area but didn't see any....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jfarlam
Reviewed 31 October 2018

Spent an hour after a breakfast walking the trails. They are well groomed. Runners or sandals will do. Nice cliff views from the ocean side of the railway track. Interesting twisted trees and foliage. We asked one walker where we could see the seeping tar...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Danny M
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

After reading the reviews, I thought to see the place but really surprised that there is nothing special... The only thing I guess, was the ocean view. There are no places to sit. It was full of bushes. Spent ten minutes then disappointedly left the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 16 October 2018

One of my very favorite places to go when I'm in Carp! The peace, the beauty and the serenity are unbelievable! An easy walk/hike/run and dogs are welcome.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank ctb185
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Very easy to get to from the end of the Bailard offramp leaving Highway 101 and heading toward the ocean. Level trail. More work if you decide to go down to the beach at the bottom. Saw lots of couples, families and people walking their...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SMGrandma
Reviewed 16 July 2018

Its a beautiful site around sunset, The walk is not to strenuous and the wildlife is friendly, at sunset is my favorite time

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ARBaque
Reviewed 23 June 2018

mostly flat walking paths, nice ocean views including seal rookery in season.Easy free parking. Plentiful Birds.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Rob E
Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

There is a seal rookery at one area and it goes on for awhile, the south end going behind Viola Park. Dirt paths along the bluffs above the beach. You can seal pups during pupping season. Nice and peaceful coastal area. The north end also...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

The nature preserve, seal sanctuary and tar pits park are all together. This an a great place to get outside and enjoy nature. The seal sanctuary is neat to see and the views of the coastline from the cliffs is amazing. The place is dog...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank rwagz
Reviewed 10 November 2017

We go to look for birds, watch from the bluff for dolphins and whales, gaze at the seals at the rookery, enjoy the Spring flowers, and wave at passing trains. Often there are Plein Air artists working. Something for everyone. This is a fun walk...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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