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Santa Claus Lane Highway 101 Carpinteria, Californa

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On Highway 101 between Los Angeles and San Francisco, you'll find a sign that says, "Exit 88, Santa Claus Ln  | Padaro Ln Exit 1 Mile".  It is a place that in the heyday of road stops, enjoyed a hefty crowd with parents and kids wanting to stop at the eternal Christmas location.  A shopping center with a restaurant, and some tourist shops once had a building topped with a huge Santa. Santa was going to be destroyed. Can you imagine?  Some kind folks down in Oxnard saved Santa, however, and as you pass by the 101 in that region heading north, you'll see the red-dressed guy smiling, sometimes with his spectacles and sometimes with sunglasses.

 

one of America's favorite state beaches exists just a short drive from the freeway and location just south of the popular destination, Santa Barbara.  Carpinteria is growing rapidly as a tech area, though its roots are in farming and flowers. 

 

 

Once a year the Avocado Festival is held here, and throughout the year, the state park and state beach is open to the delight of travelers and local residents.. 

 

Highway 101 in this location is pretty interesting. You lose your view of the Pacific Ocean as you com from the south and cross the Ventura County Line at Rincon Surfing Point, then arrive at Carpinteria.  You'll not see the ocean again except for glimpses at Summerland, then beyond Santa Barbara.