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Carpinteria, CA 93013
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our favorite beach to watch sunset and be by the water, never crowded, you can see the Channel Islands very clearly

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SaugusM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pacific ocean. Clean sandy beach strewn about with seaweed shells and driftwood. A lone seal is bobbing amoungst the breaking waves about 20 feet out searching for breakfast as the first rays of the sun trickle and glean over the crests of the dunes to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

Great place for a family trip. I was there in a day trip with my husband. Such a fun little getaway! Not too far from downtown Santa Barbara, shopping and dining.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jannetteg84
Reviewed October 16, 2018

That's what there slogan is. Because the beach faces south it keeps northern storms and swells from. There is a great campground within walking distance to all the towns great restaurants and shops.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ctb185
Reviewed October 10, 2018

Wonderful beach for toddlers and children. Driftwood structures are fun the beach is shallow, and there is a state campground nearby as well as wonderful eateries within walking distance if you don't wan to cook.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ruhskis
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

This is one fantastic beach! Big, broad, clean. Great surf. Perfect for long walks. The best beach in Santa Barbara County

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank califcasl
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Quietly walk with your Wife good surf and plenty of birds. Evening sunsets are great to watch when there are some clouds in the sky

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank ddodge40
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Easily accessible beach with low-key vibe. Lots of families enjoying the waterfront. A few volleyball nets set up and the State Park pavilion off the parking lot has restrooms for use.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank timwN5128XZ
Reviewed September 25, 2018

Carpinteria State Beach has been our go to beach for the past 2 years for just a picnic day trip to relax on the beach. My friend and I wanted to get out of the Santa Barbara beaches that were filled with seaweed and sand...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank akdeepdiver
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

Family oriented beach with bathrooms in the state park. You can park just outside the park for no fee if you are coming in for a walk on he beach. Stretches for seemingly at least a mile in both directions Fabulous for sunset photos

Date of experience: September 2018
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August 13, 2018|
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Response from HI_Nokaoi | Reviewed this property |
Just got back and Carp claims to be the the safest beach in the world. There hasn't been a recorded attack of a white shark in Carp. I would bring coconut oil and baby powder for the tar you might get on your feet.
September 4, 2017|
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February 21, 2015|
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Response from dnthv1 | Reviewed this property |
There are no hotels on the beach-just condo rentals. I don't know which spa you are talking about. Sorry.
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Warsaw, Poland
Carpinteria State Beach or East Beach Santa Barbara?(June) (10 Replies)
Ok, so I need your help once again. I have reserved two motel 6 for the same dates( 2 nights) and need to cancell one of them, I don't want to hold them both forever. I am aware, that wichever I chose, I'll make the most of it,and be happy, but yet I can't make up my mind! We are a family with 2 young teens.Have 2 nights in Santa Barbara area. I would like to spend a couple of hours on the beach. Wich one would you recommend and why? I was drawn to Carpinteria because it's advertised as'...More
November 18, 2017|
Response fromcoolcaesar|
I have not stayed at either one, but I would go with the one in Santa Barbara. It is the very first Motel 6, after all.
Several Beaches Closed Until Further Notice (7 Replies)
Several beaches around Santa Barbara are closed until further notice because an emergency permit allowed them to dump contaminated mud & waste on the beaches. •Arroyo Burro Beach, or Hendry’s Beach, in Santa Barbara •Carpinteria State Beach, 12 miles south of Santa Barbara •East Beach near downtown Santa Barbara •El Capitan State Beach, 17 miles west of Santa Barbara •Hope Ranch Beach •Goleta Beach, in Goleta •Summerland Beach, in Summerland
January 22, 2018|
Response frompasca|
Thanks for the info. Heading up there this weekend, and under normal circumstances would have gone to Arroyo Burro with the pups. Poor Santa Barbara.
Charlotte, NC
PCH: Carpinteria State Beach to San Francisco 2 days/1 night (2 Replies)
Hello! My wife and I are visiting California next month and after camping overnight at Carpinteria State Beach plan to drive up the Pacific Coast Highway - stopping over a night somewhere and continuing to drive up to SFO where we'll be flying out late that night. Assuming we leave Carpinteria and wherever we stop off the next day at 10am and drive until sunset I'm assuming we have about 5-6 hours of driving with an additional 14-15 hours for stops along the way. Important question...More
July 15, 2014|
Response frombelomiser|
tripadvisor.com/Travel-g28926-c197885/Califo… Skip pebble beach. and look for signs for Highway 1 as PCH is the name south of the Central Coast. Please make your hotel reservations in advance. You may want to stay in Cambria as the next day you do have a really long drive if you want to see things and explore Carmel et al and then a 2 1/2 or so drive to SFO. It will be rushed