Forest airstreams near Carpinteria

Enjoy year-round recreation and camping at this Central Coast beach town.

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Forest airstreams near Carpinteria guide


On California's Central Coast, a 15-minute drive from Santa Barbara, Carpinteria is a quiet community that claims to be home to the "world's safest beach." Carpinteria State Beach is a major draw for visitors and overnight stays, offering day-use access to the bluff-flanked beach, as well as a California state park beachfront campground home to four loops: Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel. While the San Miguel Loop has water and electricity, the Santa Rosa Loop offers full hookups. Sites often fill up months in advance, but there are plenty of private alternatives in the surrounding area.

Where to go

California's Central Coast

It's hard to deny the beauty of the Central Coast, whether it's the cliff-lined stretches of Big Sur or the Mission-style architecture of Santa Barbara. Carpinteria is an excellent base from which to explore the entire region and its forest-filled inland areas.

The Channel Islands

Off the coast of Ventura, accessible only by boat, this chain of eight islands is a must for lovers of the natural world. Here you’ll be able to see all sorts of plants and animals that aren’t found anywhere else on the planet. Five of the islands comprise Channel Islands National Park, each with a single campground.

Southern California

From Carpinteria, it's not far to Southern California, where campers can find quiet coastal communities and lively big cities. While the region is known for its beaches, it's equally fabulous for inland exploration, including Death Valley National Park and Joshua Tree National Park.

When to go

Carpinteria is a year-round destination, with pleasant, moderate weather throughout the year. If coming to surf, summer and fall are ideal, despite summertime getting major crowds. To see wildlife—notably sea and sea lions—come between December and May or visit when the tide is low, revealing tide pools full of colorful sea creatures.

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