Twelve miles south of Santa Barbara. 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" there.
The park includes a visitor's center, restroom facilities, 216 campsites, RV hookups and more. Carpinteria campground is actually divided into 4 sections, named after the Channel Islands: Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Miguel. Anacapa and Santa Cruz is the only area for tents, and if you want to be fronting the beach, request Santa Cruz. If you have an RV and want to be fronting the beach, request Santa Rosa or San Miguel.
The park is on Highway 224, off U.S. 101, twelve miles south of Santa Barbara. From the 101 take the Casitas Pass exit. Turn away from the mountains. At the end of Casitas Pass turn right. Drive until you reach Palm. Turn left. The park will be at the end of Palm Street.
5361 6th St
Carpinteria, CA 93013
This is one of the most popular parks in California's state park system. RVs and campers pour into town each Thursday and Friday evening - even in the late winter, early spring. The park is open all year around and the moderate climate makes it a popular destination for escaping snow birds. Everybody hopes to be one of the lucky ones camped inches away from the sand.
In addition to the obvious and extraordinary beach, this park is blessed with fabulous views of the mountains. Within walking distance you will find Tar Pits Park, which has fabulous history, and the Estuary, home too many rare and beautiful birds.
To help keep the troops entertained, there are restaurants, movie theatres, skate parks and shopping less than a half mile away. Carpinteria provides a waterfront shuttle to help with the commute. The park rents bikes of various sorts, skates and padding.
Seals, sea lions and dolphins can be seen in the area. From December to May there are local beach restrictions due to the Seal Rookery but not on State Park property. You can also see an occasional gray whale. Tidal pools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopi and sea urchins.
From Carpinteria State Beach to Harbor Seal Preserve is 2.5 miles round trip; to Carpinteria Bluffs is 4.5 miles round trip; to Rincon Beach County Park is 6 miles round trip.
This beach hike heads down-coast along the state beach to City Bluffs Park and the Chevron Oil Pier. A small pocket beach contains the Harbor Seal Preserve. From December through May this beach is seals-only. Humans may quietly watch the boisterous colony, sometimes numbering as many as 150 seals, from a bluff top observation area above the beach.
After seal-watching, you can then sojourn over the Carpinteria Bluffs or continue down the beach to Rincon Point on the Santa Barbara-Ventura county line.
After a half mile's travel over the wide sand strand you?ll reach state beach-bisecting Carpinteria Creek. During the summer, a sand bar creates a lagoon at the mouth of the creek. Continue over the sand bar or, if Carpinteria Creek is high, retreat inland through the campground and use the bridge over the creek.
Picnic at City Bluffs Park or keep walking a short distance farther along the bluffs past the Chevron Oil Pier to an excellent vista point above the Harbor Seal Preserve. Ambitious walkers may continue along the beach to Rincon Beach County Park, one of the area?s top sur?ng spots on the Santa Barbara-Ventura county line.
The best time to surf this county is in the winter, and to a lesser extent the fall. Santa Barbara's primary swell source is from storms in the North Pacific that generate waves as they approach the west coast. Spring swells tend to be windswells generated by spring onshores. Summertime is a good time to drive out of the swell shadow of the Channel Islands.
In general, the surf will be smaller the closer one gets to the city of Santa Barbara proper. Waves are always larger around the tip of Point Conception or in Ventura. Having said that, here is a brief overview of surf spots and general regions of the county and adjoining counties:
Santa Barbara offers unsurpassed options for mountain bikers of all skill levels. A variety of trails start high above the coastline and provide an opportunity for a perfect all downhill ride. Another option includes riding back roads through town while seeing all the sights. Or you can choose a full day loop that includes both up- and downhill riding.
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Sometimes spelled Santa Ynes, the Mission was founded on September 17, 1804 by Father Estévan Tapís, who had succeeded Father Fermín Lasuén as President of the California mission chain. The Mission site was chosen as a midway point between Mission Santa Barbara and Mission La Purísima Concepción, and was designed to relieve overcrowding at those two missions and to serve the Indians living east of the Coast Range . Despite its name, the Mission is located at 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang, California.