Carpinteria Vacations

Lying 11 miles east of Santa Barbara, the time-warped beach town of Carpinteria – so named because Chumash carpenters once built seafaring canoes here – is a laid-back place. You could easily spend an hour or two wandering in and out of antiques shops and beachy boutiques along Linden Ave, downtown’s main street. To gawk at the world’s largest vat of guacamole, show up for the California Avocado Festival in early October. This picture perfect, small Central Coast town has 4.5 miles of oceanfront. Situated along Highway 101, the preferred coastal route for scenic drives between northern and southern California’s beaches, Carpinteria has a few hotels, beautiful beaches, a charming downtown that is only a few blocks long, a wetlands marsh, and of course, the main draw–beach camping!  The wide state beach that borders Carpinteria is ideal for surfers, families and weddings, or camping right on the sand.

Don’t forget about Carpinteria beaches.  Many Carpinteria beaches are considered by locals to be even nicer than their more famous Santa Barbara counterparts. The sand is usually wider, the crowd more relaxed and the surf… well the surf is legendary, especially at Rincon beach. Other beaches include Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria City Beach and Padaro Beach. Carpinteria State Beach offers a great campsite and picnic area. Padaro Beach is favored by natives and conveniently bordered by local businesses, including Padaro Beach Grill and A-Frame Surf Shop.

From coastal bluffs to tide pools, an off shore reef, and a lagoon, Carpinteria provides a habitat for marine creatures for all visitors to enjoy. The tide pools in the Carpinteria State Beach are home to crabs, sea stars and anemones. In addition, Santa Barbara Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary provides the amazing backdrop to watch shorebirds, migratory birds, riparian birds, and upland birds.

Enjoy the many wonderful beaches of Carpinteria, (you’ll find a list here), then come visit Carpinteria.  Our Carpinteria Vacations guide has all your answers to start planning your beach vacation.  Just keep reading 🙂

Weather (When to Go)

The busiest month for tourism in Carpinteria, CA, US is July, followed by June and August. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Carpinteria in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

During spring (March – May) Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 73.5°F and 66°F with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 2 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.  June – August have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. This is the busiest season for tourism in Carpinteria, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.  Fall (September – November) daily highs range from 78.2°F and 67.9°F, which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.  December – February weather is too cold in Carpinteria to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 68.7°F and 63.9°F. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

Things Not to Miss

Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria California, Carpinteria beaches, California beaches, things to do in Carpinteria, best restaurants in Carpinteria, best bars in Carpinteria, California's best beaches, beach travel destinations, Carpinteria travel guide, beach camping in CaliforniaCarpinteria State 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 and 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” here. This was because of naturally-occurring surface tar, which was used to waterproof the canoes.  Seals and sea lions can be seen in the area December through May, as well as an occasional gray whale. Tidepools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopi and sea urchins.

Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, Carpinteria California, Carpinteria beaches, California beaches, things to do in Carpinteria, best restaurants in Carpinteria, best bars in Carpinteria, California's best beaches, beach travel destinations, Carpinteria travel guide, beach camping in CaliforniaCarpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve

Panoramic ocean and mountain views, a convenient location and the chance to see basking seals make this little trail popular with locals. It’s dog friendly, although dogs and bikes aren’t allowed in the seal sanctuary. Home to about 100 adult seals who give birth here, the seal preserve is not to be missed during your visit to Carpinteria. To reach the preserve, you’ll take a short half mile hike to the bluffs overlooking the rookery. There are also bike paths in the area which offers ocean views to the west and beautiful farm scenery to the east.

Rincon Beach Park, Carpinteria California, Carpinteria beaches, California beaches, things to do in Carpinteria, best restaurants in Carpinteria, best bars in Carpinteria, California's best beaches, beach travel destinations, Carpinteria travel guide, beach camping in CaliforniaRincon Beach Park

Widely respected for some of the Central Coast’s best surfing, every age converges here on any one day. Visitors who want to take in the wonderful ocean views, have a picnic, take photographs, or stroll the beach will want to visit Rincon.  Lifeguards are not present, but swimming is still common here. Walking on the beach all the way to Carpinteria Bluffs is possible, just note that this remote northern section of beach might have some clothing-optional folks. The parking lot sits high above the sandy beach below. There is a tall stairway and a long graded ramp for access from the bluff top to the beach.

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve, Carpinteria California, Carpinteria beaches, California beaches, things to do in Carpinteria, best restaurants in Carpinteria, best bars in Carpinteria, California's best beaches, beach travel destinations, Carpinteria travel guide, beach camping in CaliforniaCarpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve

The Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve contains a critically important Southern California estuary, which supports many sensitive plant and animal species. The site includes extensive wetland, sub-tidal channel and emergent upland habitats. The Reserve is adjacent to a sandy beach, subtidal rocky reef, and kelp beds.  The reserve provides habitat for migratory waterfowl along with several species of plants and animals listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern, such as the salt marsh bird’s-beak, light-footed clapper rail, and Belding’s savannah sparrow. It also is an important regional nursery for California halibut and other species of marine and estuarine fish.

Tar Pit Park, Carpinteria California, Carpinteria beaches, California beaches, things to do in Carpinteria, best restaurants in Carpinteria, best bars in Carpinteria, California's best beaches, beach travel destinations, Carpinteria travel guide, beach camping in CaliforniaTar Pit Park

Tar Pits Beach is an area within Carpinteria State Beach where asphalt seeps out onto the beach. The oily substance comes a natural asphalt lake, one of just five in the world. After most of the easily accessible asphalt was mined long ago, the area became a local trash dump. Since then it has gone through a transformation to become Tar Pits Park. The park has many trails to walk and overlooks that look down on the beach and out toward the Channel Islands. Dark strands of asphalt soaked rocks line the beach and the bank behind the beach.  Since tar bubbles come up to the surface here, the beaches are usually covered in tar balls that will stick to your feet so bring olive oil or another natural oil to clean it off.

Things to Do

A-Frame Surf, Carpinteria California, Carpinteria beaches, California beaches, things to do in Carpinteria, best restaurants in Carpinteria, best bars in Carpinteria, California's best beaches, beach travel destinations, Carpinteria travel guide, beach camping in CaliforniaA-Frame Surf

A-Frame Surf is a full-service surf shop servicing Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, and Ventura California. Whether you’re looking for surf lessons, the latest in performance surf gear or some of the coolest in clothing and beach wear, they’ve got you covered. Located on the beach at beautiful Santa Claus Lane, check them out, you won’t be disappointed!  For more information call 805-684-8803, or visit them on the web at A-Frame Surf.

805 Water Sports Rentals, Carpinteria California, Carpinteria beaches, California beaches, things to do in Carpinteria, best restaurants in Carpinteria, best bars in Carpinteria, California's best beaches, beach travel destinations, Carpinteria travel guide, beach camping in California805 Water Sports Rentals

Stand Up Paddle Boards Rentals for the Santa Barbara area. Our high performance inflatable boards are lightweight, very stable and great for touring or even surfing. Boards inflate in under 3 minutes, and fold to fit in a backpack for easy carrying! Enjoy the beautiful Southern California beaches and wildlife, anywhere you want, without worrying about the watch. Free delivery and pick up!  For more information call 805-259-7571, or visit them on the web at 805 Water Sports Rentals.

Los Padres Outfitters, Carpinteria California, Carpinteria beaches, California beaches, things to do in Carpinteria, best restaurants in Carpinteria, best bars in Carpinteria, California's best beaches, beach travel destinations, Carpinteria travel guide, beach camping in CaliforniaLos Padres Outfitters

Los Padres is the premier trail riding and pack operator along the Central Coast of California.  Choose from a sunset beach ride, secluded trail ride with ocean views, or a multi-day catered pack trip in the Sespe wilderness and Los Padres Outfitters will provide an epic experience for all levels of riders.  For more information call 805-331-5961, or visit them on the web at Los Padres Outfitters.

Island Brewing Company, Carpinteria California, Carpinteria beaches, California beaches, things to do in Carpinteria, best restaurants in Carpinteria, best bars in Carpinteria, California's best beaches, beach travel destinations, Carpinteria travel guide, beach camping in CaliforniaIsland Brewing Company

Island Brewing Company is a family-run, award-winning microbrewery in Carpinteria, California serving beer enthusiasts, bars, and restaurants along the beautiful Santa Barbara coast. We feature an assortment of fresh, flavorful ales, along with seasonal releases and occasional barrel-aged offerings at our tasting room, complete with a view of the Pacific and Channel Islands National Park.  For more information call 805-745-8272, or visit them on the web at Island Brewing Company.

Condor Express, Carpinteria California, Carpinteria beaches, California beaches, things to do in Carpinteria, best restaurants in Carpinteria, best bars in Carpinteria, California's best beaches, beach travel destinations, Carpinteria travel guide, beach camping in CaliforniaCondor Express

There is no better way to see marine wildlife in Southern California than to see it in the ocean from their spectacular boat! The eco-friendly Condor Express gives you a unique opportunity to see Southern California marine wildlife from a completely different angle. Since 1973 the Condor and more recently the Condor Express has been a part of the Santa Barbara waterfront cruising the Santa Barbara Channel.  For more information call 805-, or visit them on the web at Condor Express.

Best Rated Restaurants

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Sly’s

Fresh seafood, prime steaks, and classic cocktails…. is your mouth watering yet? The French-inspired menu boasts oysters, escargot, five types of steamed mussels and legendary French fries. They serve dinner nightly, and lunch is served on weekdays. They do have a separate brunch menu which is featured on the weekends. Visit the bar for a vintage cocktail experience. The date of origin is listed next to each drink – some recipes are almost 200 years old. For more information call 805-684-6666, or visit them on the web at Sly’s.

The Spot

Just past the train tracks on Linden Avenue, a few steps from the beach, is The Spot, a trusty little shack of a restaurant that all the locals know. They have been serving up delicious burgers and fries for over 90 years.  The surprisingly vast menu also includes veggie burgers, some Mexican specialties, and fish n’ chips. There is no dress code, so go in your bikini or trunks if you please. There is seating outside, or you can just walk across the street to the park or beach for an impromptu picnic!  For more information call 805-684-6311, or visit them on the web at The Spot.

Giannfranco’s Trattoria

Giannfranco’s Trattoria is the best Italian restaurant in Carpinteria. This family-owned restaurants is just a few blocks from the beach. This hidden gem serves up fresh, authentic dishes that are made to order using high-quality ingredients. Enjoy paninis, pasta and meat dishes for lunch or dinner. A delectable dessert menu includes Italian wedding cake, chocolate mousse, and more. The extensive wine list features local and European labels. Giannfranco’s has a lovely patio for outdoor dining. For more information call 805-684-0720, or visit them on the web at Giannfranco’s Trattoria.

The Palms

Open since 1912, this legendary 100-year old steak and seafood restaurant is classic with a twist… you can cook your own food! You order the cut of meat of your choice (steak, salmon or halibut), and then head to the grill to cook it exactly how you like it. If you are not into cooking your own food, choose something from the other side of the menu, and let the chefs do all the hard work for you. Every meal also comes with an endless  salad bar. The bar serves stiff drinks and is often packed with a live band on the weekends. For more information call 805-684-3811, or visit them on the web at The Palms.

Zookers Restaurant

At Zookers Restaurant, you will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with a creative seasonal menu. We put an emphasis on carrying local organic produce, the freshest fish, and sustainably raised meats such as Watkin Ranch locally pasture raised beef, Nyman Ranch pork, Jidori chicken and other high-grade meats.  Zookers has many daily chef specials from our Creative Cuisine, which are some of our most popular items on the menu. We have a variety of menu items from tofu to steak, veggie options and amazing pasta dishes.  For more information call 805-684-8893, or visit them on the web at Zookers Restaurant.

Best Bars
Corktree Cellars Wine Bar & Bistro, Carpinteria California, Carpinteria beaches, California beaches, things to do in Carpinteria, best restaurants in Carpinteria, best bars in Carpinteria, California's best beaches, beach travel destinations, Carpinteria travel guide, beach camping in CaliforniaCorktree Cellars Wine Bar & Bistro

Corktree Cellars Wine, Bar & Bistro aims to provide a fun and relaxing place to hang for a while. It’s a casual and inviting atmosphere where friends can get together, relax over a glass of wine and share some great food. So enjoy.  Try a few new things if you please, and share some great food with friends.  Become part of the Corktree way of life, cheers!  For more information call 805-684-1400, or visit them on the web at Corktree Cellars.

Padaro Beach Grill, Carpinteria California, Carpinteria beaches, California beaches, things to do in Carpinteria, best restaurants in Carpinteria, best bars in Carpinteria, California's best beaches, beach travel destinations, Carpinteria travel guide, beach camping in CaliforniaPadaro Beach Grill

Welcome to Padaro Beach Grill. Great food, spectacular views, friendly service and a family-style atmosphere make Padaro Beach Grill the perfect place to dine. Eat inside our completely remodeled restaurant or outside on the lush lawn. Explore the grounds, or enjoy a drink by the fire as the sun sets. There’s something for everyone. So come on by and eat, relax, play and enjoy the perfect blend of food and paradise.  For more information call 805-566-9800, or visit them on the web at Padaro Beach Grill.

Carpinteria & Linden Pub, Carpinteria California, Carpinteria beaches, California beaches, things to do in Carpinteria, best restaurants in Carpinteria, best bars in Carpinteria, California's best beaches, beach travel destinations, Carpinteria travel guide, beach camping in CaliforniaCarpinteria & Linden Pub

This dive bar has a boatload of different beers to offer, great music, four pool tables, and a great surf rocker atmosphere.  Locals will come up and challenge you to a game of pool, so be prepared!  For more information call 617-519-6253, or visit them on the web at Carpinteria & Linden Pub.

Sly's, Carpinteria California, Carpinteria beaches, California beaches, things to do in Carpinteria, best restaurants in Carpinteria, best bars in Carpinteria, California's best beaches, beach travel destinations, Carpinteria travel guide, beach camping in CaliforniaSly’s

Great food, great seafood, great cocktails, and great times at the last little beach town on the Central Coast.  They serve cocktails by the year.  The Sazerac (1830) and the Zombie from over one hundred years later in 1937 are the two most recent additions to Sly’s list. Both are, quite frankly, damn fine drinks, though they could hardly be more different.  The Sazerac, with Absinthe, Peychaud’s Bitters, and Rye, is a bit austere, while the Zombie (much like you may have found at Don the Beachcomber’s), with a couple of fruit juices, our homemade falernum syrup, five kinds of rum and a couple of “secret” liqueurs keeps the bartender working for a while. Both are top-notch examples of great drinks.  For more information call 805-684-6666, or visit them on the web at Sly’s.

The Tower Club, Carpinteria California, Carpinteria beaches, California beaches, things to do in Carpinteria, best restaurants in Carpinteria, best bars in Carpinteria, California's best beaches, beach travel destinations, Carpinteria travel guide, beach camping in CaliforniaThe Tower Club

Socialize with Mix & Mingle opportunities, – 22 floors up – happy hours, Holiday events, wine tastings and more! The Tower club is well known for fine cuisine, our beautiful sky lounge, and signature activities and events.  This is a members only club where you can enjoy access to a unique setting with 360 degree breathtaking views of the Oxnard Plains, Pacific Ocean, and Channel Islands.  For more information call 805-983-7777 x223, or visit them on the web at The Tower Club.

Best Hotels

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

This property is a 9-minute walk from the beach. In the charming beachside town of Carpinteria, this hotel offers spacious accommodations, complete with a variety of modern amenities. Carpinteria State Beach is a 15 minute walk away.  Holiday Inn Express & Suites Carpinteria is ideally located close to many area highways, including Highway 101. This location offers guests easy access to much of the surrounding area, including the vibrant cities of Santa Barbara and Ventura.  Guests at the Carpinteria Holiday Inn can enjoy a number of thoughtful and state-of-the-art amenities. With flat-screen TVs, a daily continental breakfast and an on-site fitness center, guests can remain comfortable and relaxed while traveling.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn

In California, just 1 miles from Carpinteria State Beach, this hotel features on-site dining, an outdoor pool and a hot tub. All comfortably furnished guest rooms include free Wi-Fi.  All of the guest accommodations at Best Western Plus Carpinteria feature cable TV. With wood-beam ceilings, all rooms include tea and coffee-making facilities. A fridge is provided.  At Carpinteria Best Western Plus, American fare and cocktails are available at the on-site restaurant and lounge. After dinner, guests can walk around the tropical courtyard complete with a koi pond.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn.

Santa Barbara Inn

The newly re-imagined Spanish Mediterranean boutique merges classic elegance and coastal luxury with 70 beautifully appointed rooms. Sink into a lounge chair by the heated outdoor pool and enjoy flickering gas lanterns and a fire pit. The oceanfront terrace is great for enjoying cocktails, Italian fare and the Pacific Coast sunset. Included is a modern fitness center and a comfortable event venue accommodating up to 80 guests. You are just moments from downtown Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Mountains, white sand beaches, wine tours, fashionable boutiques and world-class dining — beginning with the hotels Convivo Restaurant. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit the Santa Barbara Inn.

Blue Sands Inn

Located just steps from Santa Barbara’s famous East Beach and within walking distance to great restaurants, the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Wharf, and the famed Funk Zone, the Blue Sands Inn is centrally located in one of Santa Barbara’s most sought after neighborhoods. Bike rental is available at this inn and the area is popular for biking. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Blue Sands Inn.

Harbor View Inn

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Spa Beaumontia, a full-service spa experience, is available on site at this hotel. Rooms feature a flat-screen TV and a minibar. Stearn’s Wharf is less than a 5 minute walk away.  The modern rooms include terry cloth robes and free WiFi.  A safe and a work desk are also provided.  A swimming pool and fitness center, including a sauna, are available for guest relaxation at the Harbor View Inn.  A business center and concierge service is both featured for maximum convenience. Shops are in the hotel.  Several on site dining options are available at the Harbor View Inn. A poolside bar and grill and State Street Coffee are both featured to give guests quick and easy dining options. Eladios Restaurant and Bar, offering intimate and comfortable dining, features sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit The Harbor View Inn.

Great video on camping at Carpinteria State Beach!

30 Comments

  1. Mohamed Hesham

    Thank you so much. You have given very detailed information about the beaches in California. For me, I like beach tourism the most. It gives the chance for relaxation and enjoying the beauty of the nature. I will definitely think about going to California soon. I am Egyptian but will be studying in Canada, so I will have the chance to do so.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, you will be close Mohamed. California has a lot of beautiful beaches. You will love it. Let me know if you have any questions, or need any help planning your trip.

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  2. laurie

    Hello Leahrae
    I have been to California back in the 80s, and I always told myself im gonna go again some day.
    Now i AM going back!! Seeing all those beautiful pictures and all the fun things to do
    has made my mind up that this will be my next vacation!
    Great website!
    Laurie

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am sure it has changed a lot from the 80s, but you will still find a great coastal community with awesome beaches, and plenty of things to do. Thanks for reading Laurie.

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  3. Neli

    I really love your post and your site. There is a lot of interesting and useful information. I’ve never heard for Carpinteria before but I really like it. While I was reading your post I have a feeling I was there now. But, for sure I would write Carpinteria on my “places to visit” list. 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for visiting Carpinteria Vacations Neli. I am glad you enjoyed reading and learning about this great California coastal community.

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  4. Stratos

    Very nice article as it is always nice to have a few options to consider on my next trip when I decide to make one like this. A lot of information and I like that you give us different options for locations, hotels and bars with information for each one. Another great travel guide. Excellent.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, great beach destination with lots of choices for sure! Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com.

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  5. Mark Baker

    Lots of great information here about Carpinteria and wow so much to do in the area which means it is a perfect vacation destination. I have visited the Santa Barbara beaches a few times but never this area.

    I live in Australia so beaches are right up there with what I enjoy doing when on vacation. Thanks so much for the comprehensive post. This is one I’m adding to my list of things to do when I’m next in the US.

    ~Mark

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Mark! The whole area is beautiful with lots of things to do. You will enjoy 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Jacqueline Blondeau.

    Hi, the information, all the description you give for Carpinteria area, are so well done, I am dreaming now to go there, it seems to be the perfect place, how can someone miss that? the beaches, the state’s beaches to go for camping, the amazing sea for surfing, the nice hotels, restaurants nearby. For me, it is the perfect vacation destination to go.

    Thank you for sharing this great article.
    Jacqueline.
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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I agree Jacqueline! Thanks for reading about Carpinteria Vacations!

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  7. John

    Leahrae,
    Thanks for your information on the Carpinteria area. I like the idea of the antique shops and the Condor Express tours. I will be making a trip to the west coast latter this year, this might be on my list for a beach stop.
    John

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I think you would enjoy the whole area John. It would be a great beach stop 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Craig

    I’ve never heard of something quite like the tar pits park before, that seems quite intriguing. Something like olive oil is easily able to wipe away the tar though if it gets stuck to your feet?

    Is it safe to walk in the beaches bare foot, or should you bring sandals or aqua shoes for extra grip?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Heavens no, I would go barefoot. Having something like olive oil on hand will wipe the tar right off. I am not so sure if it will come off your shoes, it might just ruin them. This is definitely a place to see while in the Carpinteria area. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. kwacha

    Hi–Thank you for this information- i was looking for nice holiday destination next year and your site has answered all the question. I like your website because of its useful information.Will tell friends as well at work who are looking for holiday destinations.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great! This is my passion, beach travel, and I love sharing it with everyone I can. I am glad you enjoyed reading abou7t Carpinteria Vacations.

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  10. Mick Krug

    Leahrae:

    Again you’ve done a great with your content and pictures on this webpage. The Palms is a pretty cool restaurant in that they allow you to cook the meat you have selected from their menu. I enjoyed the video on the Carpinteria campground. They have everything you need right there on the beach for your motor home. Plenty to do and see! Great place to take a vacation.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it is a great place. And camping on the beach is wonderful! I wish we had more available here in Southwestern Florida. Thanks for reading about Carpinteria Vacations!

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  11. Mario

    Carpinteria is very nice, I’ve never heard about this place before, I’m delighted! 🙂
    Thank you for this great and informative article, I learned a lot about USA beaches and places on your website. Amazing country!
    Cheers

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it is an amazing country for sure! Yet, I am sure I am a bit biased. But this area is great, and when you visit, you will fall in love. Carpinteria vacations is a great way to savor the California area.

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  12. Byrd

    Yet another great travel guide Leahrae! I love that you included the best hotels within your travel guides because personally, if I am going to go on a high-end beach vacation, I might as well spend it at a hotel that provides most of my needs for a vacation getaway. Thanks again for the information.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome, and yes you can find high end hotels in this area, as well as very reasonable rates. But, the whole area is chock full of gorgeous beaches, find sand, awesome restaurants/bars, and great wildlife. Thanks for reading Carpinteria Vacations.

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  13. Eric

    Where is the asphalt lake located, that seems like something cool to check out? It’s interesting that they could make canoes and waterproof them with a naturally occurring substance from nature. The Carpinteria vacations guide shows a much different side to things compared to Santa Barbara that’s for sure.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, I agree! Carpinteria actually has so much interesting things to see. Tar Pit Park is located in Carpinteria State Beach at the southern end past the last campground where there is a small day-use parking lot. Thanks for reading Eric!

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  14. Eden

    This is a great detailed article about all the activities, where you can eat and stay etc in Carpinteria. Gives anybody who doesn’t know this area a good idea at what there is and what it’s like, especially for people who are coming on holiday from a different country. I like the video of the campground. Carpinteria looks a beautiful place.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I can tell you that camping on the beach is wonderful and Carpinteria State Beach is great! Glad you enjoyed and thanks for visiting!

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  15. Emmanuel

    Wow, I really love this site! Has a lot of information about every location and the activities you can do!
    I would recommend this site to people who want to go to the beach into those areas.
    Also for me personally 😉

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Emmanuel! I am glad you love my site 🙂 Yes, I do believe that beach vacations are a great way to enjoy the outdoors. So many things to do in Carpinteria besides just lay on the beach. It really is paradise! Thanks for visiting Carpinteria Vacations.

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