7:00 a.m. until sunset. Fees are due and payable upon entry.
Carpinteria State Beach
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 will be open as soon as possible when cleanup is complete. Please continue to check back to this website for updates as progress is made and conditions change.
Safety Notice: Carpinteria State Beach remains closed to ocean water activities due to high bacterial levels. Click here for 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:
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.
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
Summer and spring are warm, fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.
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.
Available Activities and Facilities at Carpinteria State Beach
En route Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available