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Carpinteria State Beach

Contact Information

(805) 968-1033

Park Hours

7 a.m.- sunset and fees are due and payable upon entry.

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 35 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 35 Feet

Driving Directions to Carpinteria SB

The park is on Highway 224, off U.S. 101, twelve miles south of Santa Barbara.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


PUBLIC NOTICE:  Due to the closure of Highway 101 between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara, there has been an increased demand for parking near the Carpinteria Amtrak station. Until the highway is re-opened, Carpinteria State Beach will be allowing train passengers to park vehicles in the day use parking lot adjacent to Linden Ave. There will be no parking fees for vehicles of train passengers. Access is available from Linden and Palm Ave. Carpinteria State Beach continues to be open for day use and camping; except for the Santa Cruz campground loop which was affected by flooding.

Due to storm water, California State Parks closed campsites #201 - #244 of the Santa Cruz campground loop at Carpinteria State Beach. The loop and impacted campsites are expected to reopen January 29, 2018.  Please continue to check back to this website for updates as progress is made and conditions change.

Safety Notice:  Some Santa Barbara County Beach Ocean Waters Closed Due to High Bacterial Levels. Click here for updated information.




Camper Alert: Carpinteria State Beach will be off the reservation system from Sunday, February 18th, 2018 through Thursday, March 15th, 2018. We are sorry for the inconvenience but the park will be closed for seasonal upkeep and care. During this time, available campsites will be sold at the entrance kiosk on a day-to-day, walk-up basis. Carpinteria State Beach campsites will be back on the reservation system on Friday, March 16th, 2018.

About the Park

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Twelve miles south of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria State Beach offers a mile of beach for swimming, surf fishing, tidepool exploring and camping. Although dogs are not allowed on beach, we have a great picnic area where they are allowed to enjoy the outdoors as well. Lifeguards patrol the beach year round and lifeguard towers are staffed roughly from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. 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" here. This was because of naturally-occurring surface tar, which was used to waterproof the canoes.

Seals and sea lions can be seen in the area December through May, as well as an occasional gray whale. Tidepools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopi and sea urchins.


Climate/Recommended Clothing

Summer and spring are warm, fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.

Most of the parks of the Channel Coast District are located along the coast in western Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.  Camp Host positions exist at the following parks within the District:

McGrath State Beach

Emma Wood State Beach
(North Beach Campground and Ventura River Group Camp)

Carpinteria State Beach

El Capitan State Beach

Refugio State Beach

Gaviota State Park

RV Rental Delivery Policy

Trailers may be rented from 101 RV Rental Concessions. This is the only permitted business for delivery of RVs in this state park. For questions, please contact 101 RV Rental at (805) 210-7391.

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Available Activities and Facilities at Carpinteria State Beach

En route Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Hiking Trails
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Family Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible