Santa Barbara Area – Part 2 – Carpinteria, California

Carpinteria State Beach is hot and happening. When the park releases dates for camping usually in an hour or so totally booked.

Caution:  Amtrak runs through Carpinteria and right by the State Beach – it took some adjustment for us, but soon enough became another background noise.

Carpinteria State Beach allows you to camp alongside the ocean – you are feet from the beach. The State Beach is a great jumping off point to see and do things in the area too.

(Photo by RSheridan)

The State Beach camping might not be for everyone. The sites are pretty close together, however; the campers are friendly and respectful with their space. You are ON THE BEACH – Enjoy It!

I enjoyed getting up early in the mornings to go for a walk along the beach while it was quiet. The sunrises and sunsets are a must see – at least one of each – absolutely gorgeous. The herons and other bird life are neat to watch in their native environments – be it on land or inches from the water. The seagulls are sneaky so be extra careful with food.

Carpinteria has a Vons grocery store within walking or biking distance from the State Beach. Most days were able to get fresh fish or seafood for dinner and for a relatively inexpensive price. Tip:  Sign up for a Vons card to get in on the discounts.

Check out Island Brewing Company. The brewery is set up to face the ocean (down from the train station). You can order a bump or grab, pay & go. Really good beer, especially after a long, hot afternoon at the beach. The staff is friendly and laid back – sorta Island style!

The Worker Bee Cafe is a must for breakfast. We usually packed a lunch to have on the beach. Check out Corktree Cellars Wine Bar – excellent selection of wines. I have to say the best deals on purchasing a bottle of wine was at Vons.

You can walk or bike from the beach into Carpinteria to check out the shops or grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants available. We were able to check out the Farmers Market while in town – great selection of fruits and veggies.

I fell in love with this place and at times caught myself daydreaming about living there someday if only on a part-time basis. I am glad we are going back this year to soak up the sun & sand and explore new areas this city has to offer.

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4 responses to “Santa Barbara Area – Part 2 – Carpinteria, California

  • Alexander P.

    Carpinteria is a lazy little beach town and there are some prime surf spots in the area. I haven’t spent much time in Carp because I am always in Santa Barbara! Way more things to do and just more beautiful. The hotels are a whole lot nicer as well. I was just there for Fiesta and I stayed at the Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com). So affordable and in a great location, I really enjoyed myself during my stay!

    • cravesadventure

      The main reason we stay in Carp is because we can stay at Carp State Beach. Also, it is a good jumping off point to explore the Santa Barbara area. I recommend that you check out Island Brewing Company in Carp – great beer and great atmosphere – sip a beer while looking at the ocean. I love exploring Santa Barbara and find new things to explore on every visit. There is just something about Santa Barbara that people come to love after a visit.

      Take Care – Renee

  • Kuna

    Carpinteria is its own little world. A very small beach town it is really well known for its surf and perfect beaches. If you are seeking high profile shopping and resorts I recommend staying in Santa Barbara though. There is just more to do in SB and though there isn’t as an at home feel in SB there is a ton to do and the architecture and culture is out of this world. I love traveling the area and I love staying at the South Coast Inn (www.santa-barbara-hotel.com). Really elegant and right outside of town making it so affordable.

    • cravesadventure

      Kuna –

      I love both, Carpinteria and Santa Barbara, and each place has its own vibe and attractions for me. I will have to keep South Coast Inn in mind if looking for lodging in that area – nice to know! Thanks for journeying to my site, checking it out and commenting:)

      Have a Great Day – Renee

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