National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on

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Visitors Centers Around the Central Coast

The central coast of California is renowned for its spectacular natural scenery, a breathtaking meeting of land and sea. A variety of groups are involved in protecting this special environment and operate visitor centers, museums or aquariums for the public to learn more about the region's natural and cultural treasures.


San Mateo

Santa Cruz


San Luis Obispo County

Please go to our Calendar of Events to see what's happening.