Tarantulas Spot ID
Type: beach and reef
Best: Swell SW | Wind NE
Sea Temperature Today is: 12.9 °C
Tarantulas in Santa Barbara is an exposed beach and reef break that has consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. A right hand reef. Often Crowded. Beware of rips and rocks.
For Cojo, 8 km from Tarantulas.
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At Jalama Road and Hwy 1 Lompoc wx, 12 km from Tarantulas.
At Santa Barbara Buoy, 16 miles from Tarantulas.
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Overall Tarantulas Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in May
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Visitor Reviews of Tarantulas
“I lived here for 12 years. The left can be world class, the right longer but not as perfect compared to the left when it is at its best.
Quality on a good day: 4 - straight west 18 sec. swell, offshore, med tide.
Water quality: 4-5 No creek mouth at T's, no issues other than visibility
Crowds: 3. Weekdays, dawn patrols, late pm glass offs. No crowd issues
Other options: 2
Equipment: 2 (park store has minimal board supplies
Windsurfing/Kite boarding: 5 (an international destination for experts)
Local Attitude: 4
Eating: 2 (ok breakfast & lunch grub at park store)
Regional rating: 4
Accommodations: 1 (camping only)
Drinking: 5 (park store)
Onshore wind: 3 (if kelp is thick, rating higher)
Stanton Foster from UNITED STATES - 31 Aug 2010
- The closest passenger airport to Tarantulas is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 26 km (16 miles) away (directly).
- The second nearest airport to Tarantulas is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD), also in USA, 134 km (83 miles) away.
- Third is Meadows Fld (Bakersfield) Airport (BFL) in USA, 167 km (104 miles) away.
- Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport (BUR) in USA is 200 km (124 miles) away.
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Tarantulas and is 202 km (125 miles) away.
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