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Carpinteria State Beach

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Carpinteria State Beach, California

Sparkling white sands give way to the Pacific Ocean where the mountains meet the sea here at Carpinteria State Beach, which offers pretty much everything you could ask for in a beach camping Read more...

Sparkling white sands give way to the Pacific Ocean where the mountains meet the sea here at Carpinteria State Beach, which offers pretty much everything you could ask for in a beach camping adventure. Twelve miles south of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria camping is one of the best ways to take in all the beauty the California coast has to offer. Carve out a spot along the sun-soaked shoreline to warm your bones after a relaxing swim in what is known as California’s safest beach. Grab the paddle of your choice and commune with the dolphins, whales and seals that call these waters home, or take a leisurely stroll along the beach or along one of the dune trails. Stroll through tide pools while keeping your eyes peeled for starfish, crabs, snails, sea anemones, and sea urchins. And look out for seals, sea lions, and the occasional gray whale from December through May. Adventurers looking to catch their own dinner have ample opportunities for fishing and clamming. Those less interested in living off the land can venture on a short walk to town for a restaurant meal. Besides service animals, dogs aren’t allowed on Carpinteria State Beach, and they cannot be left unattended at your campsite, so most furry friends should be left at home. Truly a Southern California experience, get ready to beach it up on Carpinteria’s golden shores.



Take your pick from more than 200 campsites at four different campgrounds: Santa Cruz, San Miguel, Santa Rosa, and Anacapa. Reservations are available between 2 days and seven months in advance. Cook dinner at your campsite’s fire ring and eat dinner at the nearby picnic table. Rinse the salt from your body at the end of a long beach day in the coin-operated showers located at each of the campgrounds. Water, sewer and electric hookups are available at Santa Rosa campground and half the sites in the San Miguel Loop, but the Anacapa and Santa Cruz loops do not have hookups. Carpinteria State Beach also has a hike or bike-in campground available for short stays of one or two nights.

Santa Cruz Campground
Carola
Carola: It's been awhile since I camped here, but I loved the tide pools! ( Look, Don't Take!) You can walk ...
Public campground
San Miguel Campground

San Miguel Campground

100% Recommend – 11 Responses
Susan
Susan: Easy access for RVs. Gorgeous views. Can walk to the brewery, restaurants, and stores from here.
Public campground
Anacapa Campground

Anacapa Campground

94% Recommend – 8 Responses
Brandan
Brandan: The "scene" here is super cool. Brewery, nacho stands, Chumash theme playground, volleyball, large gra...
Public campground
Santa Rosa Campground
Explore the seaside just south of Santa Barbara with a weekend of Carpinteria camping! Santa Rosa loop...
Public campground
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Songdog Glampout

Songdog Glampout

99% Recommend – 69 Responses
Collette
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The Bunkhouse

The Bunkhouse

93% Recommend – 38 Responses
Stephanie
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Speakeasy Lodge

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100% Recommend – 38 Responses
Jeff
Jeff: Quite possibly the best family camping trip ever. The location is really quite perfect for large group...
Request book$300/night
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Songdog West Campsites

98% Recommend – 165 Responses
Abraham
Abraham: This place is a gem. I'm almost afraid to rate it so well because I don't want it to get crowded, but ...
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Songdog East Campsites

Songdog East Campsites

99% Recommend – 76 Responses
Kinga
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Natasha
Natasha: We spent a wonderful girl's weekend at Diane's cabin which was so wonderfully comfortable. From the mo...
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Antje's Guest House

Antje's Guest House

100% Recommend – 6 Responses
Elih
Elih: My husband and I had the BEST time at Antje's Guest house! The perfect weekend getaway, relaxing, invi...
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Restored Vintage Camper

Restored Vintage Camper

100% Recommend – 15 Responses
Casey
Casey: Dare 2 Dream farms is an amazing property, run by even greater people! The property itself was located...
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Joe+Kathrina
Joe+Kathrina: 360° views of mountains and sky? check. a little off roading adventure to get to the site? check. Ever...
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Private Beach Farm

Private Beach Farm

97% Recommend – 92 Responses
Topher
Topher: Such a sick spot! The private point break was epic, had the water to ourselves and the waves were dope...
Request book$145/night
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Rhea
Rhea: Dakota Tipi Village Camp is situated between the picturesque mountains leading out of Ojai, and the in...
Direct book$58/night
Songdog Double Fire

Songdog Double Fire

100% Recommend – 14 Responses
Colin
Colin: Songdog Ranch is an incredible oasis of seemingly untouched beauty and vast natural allure. It was eve...
Direct book$50/night
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping

Blue Sky Dispersed Camping

88% Recommend – 37 Responses
Adish
Adish: Blue Sky Camp is the perfect spot to getaway from the daily hustle and bustle of the city. It was a la...
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Summerset Farm Camp

Summerset Farm Camp

81% Recommend – 113 Responses
Samantha
Samantha: Summerset Farms was an awesome place to stay! Dale was super easy to get in contact with and had a fir...
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Pope's Hut

Pope's Hut

100% Recommend – 6 Responses
Grace
Grace: Had a great time here! It was even more of a glamping experience than I expected- they have a kitchen ...
Direct book$100/night
Snail Hut

Snail Hut

100% Recommend – 4 Responses
Rachel
Rachel: Carrizo Plain National Monument is incredible, and only about a half hour away!
Direct book$100/night
Stagecoach Stop

Stagecoach Stop

100% Recommend – 14 Responses
Ricky
Ricky: Stagecoach Stop was great! Liz and Brad, our hosts, were so welcoming and the space was beautiful. The...
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Rustic Cottage
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Ezekiel: We loved our stay at Jennifer P.’s Land, the cottage is so cozy and clean. Jennifer was kind enough to...
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Gable Hut

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100% Recommend – 7 Responses
Hannah
Hannah: What an amazing set up. The concept is very cool, and a unique special place has been created. I wish ...
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100% Recommend – 3 Responses
Megan
Megan: We had the best time with our pups, so relaxing and comfortable in the airstream. We loved seeing all ...
Request book$150/night