Contact Number

  • (805) 566-2494

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  •  Day Use:
         Sunrise to Sunset

Park Activities

Dogs allowed in campground and day-use area. Dogs not allowed on beach.
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Family Programs
Hiking Trails

Park Facilities

Trailer: 35 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 35 Feet
En route Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

Park Directions

Get directions through Google Maps

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

General Park Information

Located within minutes of the urban centers of Santa Barbara and Ventura, Carpinteria State Beach offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy high-quality outdoor recreation in the setting of a small southern California coastal Community. With terraced bluffs, dune areas and a mile of beach for swimming, surf fishing, tidepool exploring and camping, Carpinteria State Beach is a unique treasure with a rich biological and cultural history.  In 1769, the Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola explored the Santa Barbara coast, eventually meeting the local Chumash people at the village of Mishopshnow near what we now call Carpinteria Creek Portola observed several of their plank “Tomol” canoes being constructed and the incorporation of the naturally-occurring asphaltum (tar) into its designMembers of the Spanish expedition referred to the area as LCarpinteria or ‘The Carpenter Shop,’ later to become Carpinteria.  


Teachers looking to bring their class to the park to enjoy the Tide Pools should check out this unique online presentation designed to outline what to expect and help plan your field trip. Attached you will find resouces and activities for before, during and after your visit. 


  • Book a Virtual Field Trip for Your Class

           Programs are currently fully booked! Openings are announced every September. To stay up to date on program offerings please visit the PORTS link below. 

  • Tide Pools

           Learn about the animals who live in the Carpinteria Tide Pools by exploring the park's padlet page. Tide Pool Padlet

  • Tar Pits During the Ice Age

          The Carpinteria tar pits have produced many additions to the fossil record. Some of the fossils found at the park include the Ground Sloth, Dire Wolf, American Mastodon, and Saber-toothed Cat.              Watch the linked video to learn more about the tar pits during the pleistocene period. Fatal Attraction        Fatal Attraction (Espanol)

          Suggested Activity:  Making Fossils with Dough

  • Start a Nature Journal

           You can start connecting to nature from your home, school, or local park. All you need is something to draw with and something to write on. Nature Journal Your Neighborhood

           Resources:Bird Drawing Guide


California State Parks offers educators and service organizations a unique opportunity to establish service-learning projects. If you are interested in a learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities please visit the link above.


Are you interested in volunteering to help with education programs at the park? Please fill out our interest survey and we will get back to you. 

This unique playscape invites children to enjoy healthy outdoor play while they learn about California’s colorful history at the same time. The Tomol Interpretive Play Area is one of these special places. Found tucked into the northwest corner of Carpinteria State Beach in the coastal beach community of Carpinteria, this unique facility lets kids run, jump, slide and generally have fun while it encourages them to imagine living in a Chumash Indian village on the shore of the Pacific Ocean.

Camping options within the Carpinteria SB campground are quite varied. Please visit our campground information page to learn more about the specifics. 

RV Rental Delivery Policy

ATTENTION: Trailers may be rented and delivered to the park from 101 RV Rentals. This is the only business permitted for delivery of RVs in this state park. It is illegal to conduct business in a park area without a permit, contract, or other written agreement. Renting from a business other than 101 RV Rentals may leave you without accommodations as the RV/camping equipment may be turned away upon arrival at the park. 101 RV Rentals can be contacted at (805) 210-7391.


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Contact Information



(805) 585-1869

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Live HD Webcam / Surf Report:

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Carpinteria sunset

Surf Crashing

Beach Area