Carpinteria: Attractions

What to do in Carpinteria?

  • Enjoy the beach!
  • Ride one of our bicycles (or walk) to the Seal rookery approximately 1 mile south.
  • Antique shopping on Linden Avenue.
  • Rincon Beach 2 miles south – perfect for surfing or spectating.
  • Santa Claus Lane Beach – 2 miles north – great for kids. The surf shop rents out surfboards. To try something truly Californian for the first time, lessons are available as well.

Day Trips from Carpinteria
{ Go by Train, Bus, or Car }

  • Santa Barbara – Train or bus drops you off by the pier or downtown Santa Barbara.
  • Ventura – Train or bus drops you off within a half mile Main Street.
  • San Luis Obispo – View the coast from your window – Take the train 110 miles north.
  • Ojai – 30 minute drive to a quaint, horse country town.
  • Santa Ynez Valley – 50 mile drive to wineries and small towns.
carpinteria beach attractions

“We have busy careers. Kids and a long running list of things that need to be done! So taking a vacation is mandatory to our sanity and very survival! Carpinteria Beach Cottages are a haven for us. We have been here numerous times. We bring the kids. But not always. Sometimes we need to be alone with each other … to relax and reconnect. The beach vibe and retro ambiance is the perfect solution to our hectic lives! We will continue to return often!” – Suzanne & Thomas, Los Angeles, CA


Carpinteria is a small oceanside city located in southeastern Santa Barbara County, California, east of Santa Barbara and northwest of Ventura.

This popular seaside town offers world class shopping and dining … as well as an abundance of nightlife. There are unique opportunities for athletes; surfing, bicycling, hiking and much more.

Carpinteria Beach is known for its gentle slope and calm waves in selected sandy areas but also good surfing swells in some of the more rocky areas. Seals and sea lions can be seen in the area December through May at the rookery in the nearby Carpinteria Bluffs, as well as an occasional gray whale. Tidepools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopuses and sea urchins.

There is bird watching at Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve, established in 1977 and administered by the Natural Reserve System of the University of California. The Waldholme Torrey Pine, largest known Torrey pine tree on earth, is located in downtown Carpinteria.

Carpinteria hosts an annual California Avocado Festival, with a history extending back to 1986. Over 80,000 persons attend the three-day festival which takes place during the first weekend of October on Linden Avenue. The festival offers avocado products and locally made goods.

The Carpinteria Amtrak Station is located on Linden Avenue by the beach. It is served by Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner from San Luis Obispo to San Diego.