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Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria
(4.2/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Always a great place to visit. Has both day use for the beach plus overnight camping. Easy walk into town for food and drink. 
  • We actually parked just outside the park and walked along the path. There is nothing remarkable about this strip of beach. A short walk will take you to an overlook of some harbor seals (you smell the...  more »
  • If you are driving past Carpinteria on the way to or from Santa Barbara a fun thing to do is stop at Carpinteria State Beach, go to the south end and see the tide pools. The best time to go is during ...  more »