We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
A unique piece of local history!

As a teenager, Tarpits was our stomping grounds! This was well before the state developed this... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Carpinteria, California
Hard to get to but nice beach.

We've always wanted to find this beach. Parked at the trail head near the freeway offramp and had... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2017
southern california
via mobile
Read all 30 reviews
All photos (24)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good30%
  • Average23%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brea”(3 reviews)
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
5596 Calle Ocho, Carpinteria, CA 93013-2544
Improve This Listing
Reviews (30)
Filter reviews
30 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews watch your step private property brea shoes bluff erosion rocks seals path
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 30 reviews
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Great time to be had by all, searching for sea shells. I recommend wearing shoes that you are willing to throw away, or to have some cleaning solution to clean the bottom of your feet after walking around here. You will walk away with tar...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank James M
Reviewed 16 November 2017

We made the mistake of relying on google satellite maps to locate this park. If you do this you will find the words "Tar Pit Park" sitting over the top of what looks a parking lot at the end of Dump Road. So, of course,...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank 367john
Reviewed 1 November 2017

I was out for a morning run and got here by accident. It was so beautiful I had to stop my run and just enjoy the view. Tons of birds. The trail can be a bit sketchy due to erosion so stay on the well...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank RicOlsen
Reviewed 20 July 2017

It only comes out at few places (on the beach and also above it). Definitely interesting thing to see, but not a "must see". If you like walking, you can park on a free parking lot at Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and the trail gets...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank iliveinmexico
Reviewed 10 July 2017

As a teenager, Tarpits was our stomping grounds! This was well before the state developed this section into camp grounds. Through the years there has been a lot of erosion, I'd say a good 10-15 feet. A great place to surf. At low tide there...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank JoniA1
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

We've always wanted to find this beach. Parked at the trail head near the freeway offramp and had to walk about a mile each way. Not easy to access since there is a cliff. Had to climb down. Maybe it's accessible from the campground. If...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank southerncaligirl72
Reviewed 16 April 2017

this is a nice secluded beach. saw a number of people there with their dogs. there is no parking .do not park in the lot adjacent to the bluffs as that is for those working on the pier there. the beach is nice. park elsewhere...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank marktS5189DV
Reviewed 8 November 2016

I think the amount of tar visible may vary, or else we just didn't explore as much as some other reviewers. My husband of course had to stick his finger in it and then was surprised it was hard to get it off. Duh. It...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Sharon Z
Reviewed 20 October 2016

We drove down Dump Rd and ended up at a bridge out to an oil rig. We were sent away by security. We drove and found the entrance to the state park. Here they directed over to parking area for the tar pit amphitheater which...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank danamc65
Reviewed 23 July 2016

I've never been to La Brea, but I've that it actually has pits full of tar. Carpinteria isn't quite like that. Instead of massive lakes, it's dried tar rocks, occasional tar springs, and occasional streams of tar you find here. They're nothing mind-blowing, but the...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Mr_Fugidoo
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 6 nearby hotels
Casa Del Sol Motel
13 reviews
.48 km away
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carpinteria
405 reviews
.55 km away
Motel 6 Santa Barbara - Carpinteria South
261 reviews
.56 km away
Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn
1,054 reviews
1.93 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 81 nearby restaurants
Zookers Restautant
169 reviews
.78 km away
Lucky Llama Coffee
92 reviews
1.12 km away
Giannfranco's Trattoria L
215 reviews
1.15 km away
243 reviews
1.16 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 27 nearby attractions
Carpinteria State Beach
400 reviews
1.36 km away
Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery
99 reviews
1.45 km away
Island Brewing Company
57 reviews
1.05 km away
Carpinteria Valley Museum of History
29 reviews
1.07 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Tar Pits Park staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines