Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria

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Popular for surfing and beachfront camping, Carpinteria State Beach remains a favorite vacation spot for families with kids. Clean and safe for inexperienced swimmers, the beach offers public showers, shady trees, and large grassy fields. The surrounding area features big tar pits, fascinating to watch from afar. After a day of bird watching, swimming surf fishing, and nature walking, check out the local restaurant scene. Carpinteria State Beach is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Carpinteria Edition.
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  • August 14, 2017
    It's a great beach for kids. Drawbacks - tar and no surfing. There is natural tar in the water and it will stick to your skin and suit. So, where an old suit, preferably black. There's no where to sur...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Great family beach to relax, and swim. Usually small waves, but always lots of people out with boogie boards. Advertised as the safest beach in the US. Great beach town  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    This is a nice beach to come camping. The downtown strip leaves much to be desired. Compared to other California beaches, this one is low key and more relaxed.  more »

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