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.
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.