Carpinteria State Beach

Carpinteria --Carpinteria State Beach is one of the scenic Central Coast beaches that shares the charm Santa Barbara is known for. This Riviera style beach was chosen by  the self-proclaimed beach expert, Dr. Beach, as one of the best beaches in the United States. The Florida International University's Stephen Leatherman uses 50 criteria in three categories to pick his places.  Physical factors such as sand softness, wave size and current strength, biological factors such as water color and quality and presence of pests, and human use factors such as lifeguard protection, visual obstructions and amenities all factor into his equation. Carpinteria City Beach was the only California beach he chose.


Carpinteria State Beach is a mile-long beach with activities such as swimming, surf fishing and camping. A nearby Amtrak train stop makes and downtown shops make this a place you can park the car or get off the train and walk to nearly everything nearby..  Seals and sea lions and an occasional gray whale may be spotted during the winter months where it actually can get a bit chilly, requiring coats. 12 miles south of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria offers only a few hotels so we like to visit this beach and city, but stay nearby in Santa Barbara, the crown jewell of the coast.


Carpinteria is not to be ignored, however. The State Beach is wonderful, clean and offers unfettered views of the ocean sunsets. The park includes a visitors center, restroom facilities, campsites, RV hookups and more. Even if a reservation is  made in this area, it does not guarantee a beach front site. The loop called 'Beach Front' is  for RV and Trailers ONLY.  The ONLY Tent Camping is at the Anacapa/Santa Cruz loop  For RV sites on beachfront, reserve in Santa Rosa or San Miguel Beach 


Directions  The park is on Highway 224, off U.S. 101, twelve miles south of Santa Barbara.  Carpinteria SB    5361 6th St.  Carpinteria CA   (805) 968-1033

*All information is subject to change. Call before going.

Voted Among Top Beaches in the United States

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