Carpinteria State Beach Campground California

205 Palm Ave.
Carpinteria, California 93013
805 968-1033
Lat / Long:

34.3919, -119.5203

Carpinteria State Beach features a beautiful mile-long beach and is located just 12 miles from Santa Barbara.  The campground has 216 campsites for tents, trailers and RVs (up to 35 feet). About 105 have hookups, and of those there are 80 full hookups in the Santa Rosa Loop. Beach front campsites are 358-380 and 447-456. FYI – trailers/RVs will be measured so make sure your camper’s length complies with the size of the campsite’s parking area.

Group camping is also available and includes Bobcat Group Site (3 vehicles / 25 people – trailers and motor homes only), Fox Group Site (3 vehicles / 25 people), Raccoon Group Site (5 vehicles / 40 people, Gull, Egret and Plover Group Sites (3 vehicles and 25 people each).

The campground is comprised of 4 sections/loops.  Anacapa and Santa Cruz are the only sections that allow tents. Also, if you want beachfront, request Santa Cruz. for tents. If you have an RV and want to be fronting the beach, request Santa Rosa or San Miguel. Carpinteria State Beach campground has flush toilets, hot showers, a visitor center and dump station. Each campsite also has a table, fire ring and grill. Overflow parking is available.

Eight people and two vehicles per campsites. Check out time is 12:00pm and check-in time is 2:00pm. Quiet hours are from 10:00pm to 6:00AM.

Carpinteria State Beach – Area Recreation

Outdoor recreation includes surfing, swimming, beach-combing, surf-fishing, snorkeling, hiking, biking and picnicking. There’s also some great wildlife viewing with opportunities to see whales, seals, sea lions and a variety of shore birds.

Two other California State Beach campgrounds in the area include El Capitan (142 campsites) and Refugio (66 campsites).

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Best Campsites

358-380 and 447-456

Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • Group
  • Hike/Bike
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer

Year Round



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  • Amphitheater
  • BBQ Grills
  • Campfire Center
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Cell Service - Good
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Grills
  • Lifeguards
  • Overflow Parking
  • Pets OK
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • RV Hookups
  • Showers
  • Visitor Center
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Beach Combing
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Ocean
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Skin Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Surf Fish
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tide Pools
  • Volleyball
  • Walking Trails
  • Water Sports
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

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Carpinteria State Beach Comments & Reviews

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66 Replies to “Carpinteria State Beach”

  1. Jennifer Pasillas says:

    This beach had the worst lots for tent camping. We were mixed in with the RVs. The lots were small patches of dirt, next to a chain link fence, on a slope. It was shocking. With Amtrak running ALL times of day. The bright side is, it’s very close to the beach.

  2. Stefanie Hamburger says:

    As of Oct. 17, 2012 San Miguel has been renumberd so the sites you see on here are NOT correct.

  3. Camp Ranger says:

    Thanks for the heads up on the renumbered sites. We are going to reshoot all campgrounds at Carpinteria in 2013.

  4. Camp Ranger says:

    FYI – we have updated the photos (late 2013) for Carpinteria State Beach and all of the photos are current/correct.

  5. Nicole Allen says:


  6. Emily Hernandez says:

    Question- the beach front sites say there is a MAX RV length of 25 ft. Is this true? Do you know if they are pretty strict about the max rv lengths?

  7. Stef Hamburger says:

    The beach front sites are 21 ft. from curb to the end of the white line in San Miguel & Santa Rosa so you can hang over in the back BUT you need to make sure that the site has room for you to do that as some have trees and bushes that will not allow hangover.

  8. Stef Hamburger says:

    Beach Row in San Miguel has been changed to 18ft. NO HANGOVER allowed, the picnic tables are now chained and the chains are cemented to the ground on the pavement within your allotted camp space. You can no longer access the beach from the cliff/bluff as before. You are no longer allowed to use the dirt space as part of your campsite.

  9. Kathy Recchia says:

    Are there photos on the site for the “group” campsites like “Gull” “Plover” “Fox” .. they have names rather than numbers

    • Yes I was wondering the same thing… Id there any chance you might have the group site pictures? If so that would be soooo AWESOME! I’d love to see GFOX. Thanks so much for all this kind work, I love your site!

      • Hi Kathy,

        Super glad you like the site and glad it has helped with your camping/planning. Unfortunately we don’t have photos of the group sites – sorry. We will try and get photos of those later this spring.

  10. Stef Hamburger says:

    You are missing half of the sites in the Santa Cruz loop!

  11. Judy Smith says:

    I often use sites 124-125-126 in Anacapa loop — they are beautiful and have shade trees for the afternoon. Women traveling alone may want to avoid site 126, which is next to the bike-in/walk-up site — unless you are extremely compassionate and patient, Unfortunately this site is almost always occupied NOT with bikers and hikers but with seemingly-homeless men, some of whom have mental problems.

  12. We are considering getting reservations but we have a 35 ft trailer and our son has a 35 ft motorhome. We would like to get beach access and our RV’s from rear wheels to front bumper measure 24 ft. Will the overhang be acceptable in some of the spots and is there a place to park an extra vehicle. One of us has a truck and the other a jeep. We do’t want to reserve if we will not fit in the spot. Of course, the big challenge is getting a reservation. We have tried and have not been successful.

    • Hi Linda, is not affiliated with any of the campgrounds on our site. We provide the photos, camping info and reservation link. Unfortunately I won’t be able to help you regarding whether your vehicles size will be an issue at Carpinteria State Beach. You can try calling the park directly to see what they may advise:(805) 968-1033. And best of luck with trying to get a reservation!



    • Hi Jacqueline,

      At Carpinteria State Beach campground is 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. Tents are not allowed on paved areas or in the campsites along the beach in the San Miguel loop.. I doubt you can have a tent in Santa Rosa campsite 331, but you can call 800-444-7275 to double check.



    • Hi, I was wondering the same thing. Were you able to have a tent okay?

  14. Our family has been camping every summer at Carp for 40 years. This year, 2019, we have been unable to secure a spot after trying for over a week. Spots that were listed as available disappeared overnight (rolled over). There is something odd going on…

  15. Arjan van der Pol says:

    Hello, I do see that RV’s longer than 24 feet are at beach front sites. For example
    361 and 365, see url below.
    I will come this summer to this camping and my RV will be a bit longer (26 or 28 ft). It still can hang over as you can see at the pictures. Would that be a problem?

  16. Matthew Klure says:

    I have some photos of the group sites, would you like them for this page? I was not able to find any when I looked.

  17. Hi we made reservations for spot 336 at Santa Rosa and our fifth wheel is 30 ft. The lady I made my reservations with said we should be fine with length but the picture shows a really small trailer in the spot. Just want to be sure we will have plenty of room to fit our trailer?

    • Hi Trish,
      The pad length of campsite 336 (Santa Rosa loop) at Carpinteria State Beach is listed as 21 feet (on ReserveCalifornia). There is some overhang off the back. Also, that campsite is in an area where they may allow a little overhang in the front. The ultimate call is with the camp host/ranger at the campground.

  18. ALYSSA L webb says:

    HI! I have stayed at a few sites throughout the Carpinteria State Campground with mixed results. Some of the tent sites are very, very small and close to neighbors. We have stayed in one of the beach spots which had a bit more space but people seemed to walk through constantly. I would like to return! The beach is really nice and the location is convenient.
    Has anyone ever stayed at the Raccoon Group site? Does anyone have photos or overall comments? Thanks!

  19. We have made reservations for San Miguel M417 and 418. Are they tent only or can we have trailer or RV? What is length limit for these sites?

    • Hi Karen,
      Yes, you can park a trailer or RV in campsites M417 and M418 at Carpinteria State Beach. You can have up to 3 vehicles (including tow vehicle) and 8 people per site. The parking pad area for both sites are 19 feet wide by 21 feet long.

  20. Can you tell the best spots for an RV that are right next to the sand, but not next to a walkway or bathroom?

    • Hi Ricky,
      The beach/sand front campsites are 358-380 and 447-456. Beach access/trails are next to 368 and 369, 374 and 375, 447 and 448, and 456. With that said, most of these campsites are pretty similar in size/layout.

  21. Hi! We have made reservation for San Miguel spot M454. Will I be able to park a 22ft class C RV? Thanks.

    • Hi Albert,
      Campsite M454 is 18 feet deep and 19 feet long. There is overhang off the back of the campsite. The camp host/ranger may let you park there if you can back it up so that the rear tires hit the back curb. I’d say you have a good chance of fitting your 22ft RV.

  22. Spots that were listed as available disappeared overnight.

  23. Marcello Morelli says:

    I rented R332 for august 21ft says the max length RV, but I can’t find trailer or RV that length what the max length I can put there?

    • Hi Marcello,
      You can click on our ‘RV RENTAL’ tab (up top). From there you can search for trailers/RVs to rent in any location, size, how many it sleeps, etc. Hopefully you can find one that will work in site #R332.

  24. Is there a site 364 or is that spot always vacant?

  25. Arlene D Kole says:

    Can a tent fit at the back of San Miguel M402?

    • Hi Arlene,

      Yes, you can move the table over to the side and fit a tent in that campsite. I’d guess you have a tent pad area of about 8×10 to work with.

  26. Jeff Sarratt says:

    Hi, I love your site. Santa Rosa has been renumbered AGAIN due to the resent construction. Can you update.

  27. Darouny Uy says:

    Can we tent camp on the pavement in Santa Cruz? Can 2 cars fit side by side in campsite C214?

  28. DEBRA WAXMAN says:

    We will be camping at site #452, with a little Coleman pop up. Can we set up an enclosed canopy next to our trailer?

  29. Breanna D Elvidge says:

    Are there any sites that would allow 2 tents and 2 RVs? Thanks!

  30. Reyna Arvizu says:


    We are trying to tent camp in mid-march 2022. The website says during that time campgrounds are first come first serve only. What are the odds we drive 2 hours and every single spot is filled?
    Thank you.

    • Good question! There are a number of tent campsites at Carpinteria State Beach and they are first-come, first-serve in March. I’d say your chances are very good to get a site if you can arrive mid week, or early Friday. With that said, I doubt they will fill up on the weekends – except around Spring break time.

  31. On site M 417 how many small tents are you allowed? Are you allowed 2 or 3 cars at this site. Thanks for helping clear this up for me.

    • Hi Trisha,
      Campsite #417 can have up to 3 vehicles and 8 people. There isn’t much room for tents at that site – I’d say maybe two small tents will fit.

  32. I have a reservation in August for my travel trailer in Space 319 at the Santa Rosa loop. Will they allow me to have a small tent as well?

  33. Laurie Henry says:

    Hi…will my 29’ Class C motorhome fit in R359 Santa Rosa Campground?

    • Hi Laurie,
      The parking pad length for campsite R359 is 21 feet and you have some overhang out the back – maybe 4 feet before you nudge up against a tree (but you may be able to miss it – can quite determine the width between the hookup pedestal and tree).

  34. Jennifer says:

    Good afternoon – we have reservations for spot 426 in Carpinteria State Beach, will our 24 foot class C fit with a slide out? Thank you

    • Hi Jennifer,
      #426 is a nice (end unit) campsite. The parking area is listed as 21 feet long (deep) and it’s about 30 feet wide. You also have some room out back and to the left. You should be able to angle it in to the campsite and fit your 24′ class C camper (with slide out).

  35. Frank G says:

    Question on Spot 443 San Miguel, space shows 30ft. – will a Travel Trailer (26ft) and a full size P/U fit in this space or is their other parking in same area for your truck?
    Thanks for your reply

    • Hi Frank,
      Campsite San Miguel #443 has a few feet of overhang out the back, so I’m thinking if you back your trailer as far back as possible you’ll have room to diagonally park your full size P/U. There is also overflow parking available over by the day-use area / Anacapa loop.

  36. We have a reservation for site 336 in Santa Rosa. Will a 25ft class c motorhome fit?

    • Hi James,
      The parking pad length for site #336 is 21 feet, but there is a foot or two out the back (overhang). Not sure if it’ll fit. The final call comes from the camp host/ranger. If you’re hanging to far out front (into road), they probably will not allow.

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