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Carpinteria State Beach

Highway 224, Carpinteria, California 93013 USA

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  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
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“beautiful mile-long beach”

Twelve miles south of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria State Beach offers a mile of beach for swimming, surf fishing, tidepool exploring and camping. Although dogs are not allowed on beach we have a great picnic area where they are allowed to enjoy the outdoors as well. Lifeguards patrol the beach year round while lifeguard towers are staffed roughly from memorial day weekend through labor day weekend. The Spanish named the area Carpinteria because the Chumash tribe, which lived in the area, had a large seagoing canoe-building enterprise, or "carpentry shop" there, because of naturally-occurring surface tar which was used to seal the boats. 

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 18, 2016
Rated 1.0

Easily my least favorite and most expensive campsite on my 2 month cross country camping trip. I camped here 10/15/2015. Tent camping was $45, for a patch of ground that was essentially a parking lot surrounded by RVs. RV camping here is even more expensive, I think it was 60 or 70. Also you are close to the road and there is a train that comes by every few hours which is likely to disturb your slumber.

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February 15, 2015
Rated 3.0

Beautiful beach, but the lack of hot water showers and the 5 am train were not great.

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Carpinteria State Beach

Highway 224
Carpinteria, California
93013 USA


Open now until 6:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Max Stay
Max Length
35 ft
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Year Round
State park or forest
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Season Start
Year Round
Back In RV Sites Count
  • Sites
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Big Rigs
  • Firewood
  • Fifty Amp
  • Slide Outs
  • Tent Sites
  • Full Hookup
  • Paved Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Reservations
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Water Hookup
  • Potable Water
  • Rec Facilities
  • Back In RV Sites
  • Standard Tent Sites
  • Vehicle Wash Permitted
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