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Point Sal State Beach is a beach on the Pacific coast of California, located near the city of Guadalupe, in the northwestern part of Santa Barbara County. There are approximately 80 acres of property and only 1.5 miles of ocean frontage. This beach is at risk of landslides as there are rocky shorelines and extremely steep slopes.

Among the most popular activities are fishing, beach combing, hiking, nature study, photography, picnicking and sunbathing. However, swimming is not recommended due to dangerous rip currents, absence of lifeguard service, and occasional shark sightings. Camping is prohibited due to security concerns involving Vandenberg Air Force Base and anyone caught camping can be subject to citation, arrest, and eviction by the Park Rangers and/or Air Police. There are also no recreational facilities (toilets, picnic tables, etc.) [1]

There are three ways to access Point Sal from Highway 1. One way is to travel west on Brown Road (junction with Highway 1 is approx. 2 miles south of downtown Guadalupe). Other two ways involve going through Casmalia. One way towards Casmalia is Lompoc Casmalia Road (junction with Highway 1 near Vandenberg Air Force Base) while the other is Black Road (between Highway 135 and Brown Road; Black Road turns into Lompoc Casmalia Road as it approaches Casmalia). From Casmalia, Point Sal can be accessed by traveling west on Point Sal Road (by the Hitching Post Restaurant). However, there are only pedestrian access to Point Sal; bicycles and vehicles are prohibited. Visitors must have at least some hiking experience and to those who are arriving by vehicles must find a nearest parking spot and walk along Point Sal Road to Point Sal.

References

  1. ^ Point Sal SB accessed September 12, 2009
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