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Carpinteria State Beach

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: It's been awhile since I camped here, but I loved the tide pools! ( Look, Don't Take!) You can walk...
San Miguel Campground
Susan: Easy access for RVs. Gorgeous views. Can walk to the brewery, restaurants, and stores from here.
Anacapa Campground
Brandan: The "scene" here is super cool. Brewery, nacho stands, Chumash theme playground, volleyball, large...
Santa Rosa Campground
Explore the seaside just south of Santa Barbara with a weekend of Carpinteria camping! Santa Rosa loop...
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Songdog West Campsites
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...
Songdog East Campsites
Kinga: LOVED this spot so much I double dipped. Stayed at Songdog West last weekend and this weekend brought...
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Samantha: Summerset Farms was an awesome place to stay! Dale was super easy to get in contact with and had a...
Blue Sky Dispersed Camping
Adish: Blue Sky Camp is the perfect spot to getaway from the daily hustle and bustle of the city. It was a...
Songdog Double Fire
Colin: Songdog Ranch is an incredible oasis of seemingly untouched beauty and vast natural allure. It was...
Songdog Glampout
Collette: Songdog Glampout is THE best spot to go if you are looking to see millions of stars and feel like you...
The Bunkhouse
Stephanie: We LOVED the bunkhouse! Antje is very communicative -- after we made our reservation, she asked me...
Private Beach Farm
Topher: Such a sick spot! The private point break was epic, had the water to ourselves and the waves were...
Pinyon Forest Camp
Ezekiel: Quail Springs Farm is pretty amazing, it’s surrounded on three sides by the beautiful Los Padres...
Happy Tales Camping
Vincent: Pitch your tent in our Salt Cedar Grove for a private camping experience. Enjoy a shade canopy...
Wheeler Gorge Campground
Rebecca: Had a great weekend at Wheeler Gorge! A few things: Plan to arrive during the day because setting up a...
Ojai Mountaintop Treehouse
Morgan: This campsite was great! The treehouse is the perfect size for two (or more) people but there is also...
Speakeasy Lodge
Jeff: Quite possibly the best family camping trip ever. The location is really quite perfect for large...
Eastern Santa Cruz Island (Scorpion Ranch)
Ezekiel: You'll have to secure transportation to the Island first before booking a campsite. It's very simple...
  MissingJackRanch Big Sky Camp
Janis: This is a remote camp off of Wasioja road in approx 5 or 6 miles west of New Cuyama off of 166 east....
Refugio Campground
Bryn: We used to come to this beach for field trips all the time when I was in elementary school. It's an...
Dakota Tipi Village - 12 ft.
Rhea: Dakota Tipi Village Camp is situated between the picturesque mountains leading out of Ojai, and the...
360° View Camper
Victoria: Fantastic little spot - so serene and quiet with incredible views. If you're planning to go...
My Town Ranch Camping
Steph: SZ Ranch is INCREDABLE! This place is owned by Steve Zaritsky and he is the best of people. His ranch...
Sycamore Canyon Campground
Jorge: Campground is very pretty and clean. Avoid weekends if you are looking for quiet. Audience is varied:...