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Carpinteria State Beach

Contact Information

(805) 968-1033

Park Hours

7:00 a.m. until sunset.
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.


Due to potential hazards caused by rainfall, the Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa campground loops closed on March 20th. People with reservations in those loops will receive full refunds for canceled reservations. While it is still very wet out and there are plenty of puddles to stomp in, we are happy to say we plan to resume honoring reservations starting March 23, 2018.


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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.


Celebrate Earth Day by Restoring Our Parks!

Please accept this invitation to join us! 
Saturday, April 21, 2018
California State Parks Foundation’s 20th Annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup.
The day of the event, registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Carpinteria State Beach, 205 Palm Avenue, Carpinteria, CA  93013.  Activities will end at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Volunteers may sign up in advance.  Click here to sign up as a volunteer!


NOW HIRING!  Become a Visitor Services Aide!  Click here for details.

Submit applications to:

Carpinteria State Beach

Attention: David Wilson

5361 6th Street

Carpinteria, CA 93013

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.


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
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