7 a.m.- sunset and fees are due and payable upon entry.
Carpinteria State Beach
Max. Trailer Lengths
Trailer: 35 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 35 Feet
Driving Directions to Carpinteria SB
Camping and Lodging
Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.Online Reservations
Brochures and Campground Maps
Upcoming Park Events
No events scheduled at this moment.
Notice to Visitors: Construction began in fall 2014 on a variety of projects to improve visitor services and expand access to park visitors at Carpinteria State Beach. California State Parks is developing a network of park-wide environmental education features focusing on the dunes, intertidal reef, Carpinteria Creek, and Tar Pits.
Project elements include a children's outdoor learning center, amphitheater, boardwalk and viewing areas; as well as native plant and bluff restoration. The new features, including the beach boardwalk and visitor center, will be ADA compliant to provide a truly enriched experience that is accessible to everybody.
Construction is expected to last until spring 2015. Impact will be minimal, though park visitors may notice new fencing and construction crews in the campground. The Visitors Center will also be closed during this time.
The implementation of projects is being funded through a Nature and Education Facilities grant that was obtained in 2011.
Please check back in for more updates.
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 while 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" there, because of naturally-occurring surface tar which was used to seal the boats.
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.
Location - Directions
The park is off U.S. 101, twelve miles south of Santa Barbara. Exit at Casitas Pass Road, travel West on Casitas Pass Road to Carpinteria Avenue, make a right at the signal; then turn left on Palm. The beach is at the end of Palm Avenue.
Seasons/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 Concession. This is the only permitted business for delivery of RVs in this state park. For any questions contact 101 RV Rental 877-392-2674
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