Carpinteria State Beach


Carpinteria State Beach is a good beach and campground for any van or RV lifer looking to explore Santa Barbara. The beach is beautiful, has endless waves, and offers many camp spots. The beach is also close to the downtown area which offers a great selection of restaurants, breweries, and grocery store.  


Carpinteria State Beach is a great place to spend a few days camped along the beach enjoying the beauty of the Santa Barbara coastline. The beach has a wide variety of activities including camping, surfing, hiking, and volleyball. There is also a tidepool that is an excellent place to watch the aquatic animals. 


Carpinteria is one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California. It offers miles of endless sand and good beach break waves. Located at the south end of the park is a sealion sanctuary next to the pier. This is a wonderful place to watch the sea lion from a bluff. 

The waves at Capinteria are your typical beach break waves. The waves are a good for learning how to surf.


There are a lot of camping spots here that range from tent camping to RV electric hookups. Make sure you reserve your spot ahead of time because they can fill up quickly, especially on the weekend. The campground offers restrooms, showers, dump station, and hookups. 


One cool feature of this state park is the Tomol Interpretive Play area for the kids. This is a great place for the kids to play and learn all about the ocean and local vegetation. 


Located right next to the beach is downtown Carpinteria.  The downtown area offers a great selection of restaurants, a brewery, and a grocery store. It’s a great place to walk around and enjoy the shops while you camp on the beach.

It’s a privilege to have Carpinteria State Beach for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.t


Carpinteria State Beach is located on Highway 224, off U.S. 101, twelve miles south of Santa Barbara.

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