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Carpinteria State Beach

Highway 224, Carpinteria, CA 93013
800-444-7275
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Ranked #2 of 12 attractions in Carpinteria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, State Parks
Activities: Sunbathing, Picnicking, Birdwatching, Camping
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Angels Camp, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This looks like a safe beach for families because the waves are mellow and the beach is sandy. Just be aware that you might end up with tar on your feet! I just walked the beach barefooted and got tar on my feet every day. The locals told me it comes off with vegetable oil. It worked on my feet... More

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belmont
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This parks prices have doubled within the last few years, the maintenance is not what it used to be, bathrooms are dirty, one of the showers was not working and was not repaired the whole week we were there. I never saw a ranger. Camp host in San Miguel is a horrible lady ( I rarely say that about anybody... More

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Ojai, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Beautiful clean beach...close to town, walk to food and drink, then back to beach. Great time and parking is nice.

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Our family recently visited this beach after rave reviews from our son. He was right, it's a great beach. Bathrooms, showers, picnic area and lifeguards. Bathrooms cleanest I've ever seen at a beach. We paid the $10 to park for the day and were only steps away from the beach, so much easier to tote all of our gear. Highly... More

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Palm Springs, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

carpinteria state beach is considered to be one of the safest beaches in california. we love it. it is accessible from almost everywhere in the area, it is never too crowded, there are great facilities right nearby, almost anything you can think of is within walking distance. i wish i could live in the area for at least part of... More

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Bern, Switzerland
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70 reviews 70 reviews
13 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

After dinner we went to the beach to watch the sun set and have a night swim afterwards. It might be crowded during the day, that's why we went there afterwards, which was a good idea. Watching the sun settling down from the beach turns everything into a dark orange atmosphere, just wonderful! The night swim in the waves was... More

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so cal
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This used to be a hidden gem and now it is way too crowded. And crowded with classless people who crap in the shower and bathroom and it gets everywhere. I mean who does that!?!?

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San Tan Valley, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

When I went to the beach it was packed with families, but keep walking down the beach, it gets quieter.

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Oxnard, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a very safe beach. The waves are usually smaller and kids have a great time. It is usually sunny here when it tends to be foggy a little bit down the road. There are lifeguards, restrooms, The Spot, for food, (about 2 blocks away). If you are staying in one of the great condos there, you'll be right... More

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Diamond Bar, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We have been to this beach three times over the last 7 years. We have friends who RV camp there so we rent a condominium nearby and ride out bikes there and spend the day with them. It is very relaxing and fun! Our experience with the weather is, it is usually overcast with one day a week that is... More

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