Visitors and residents agree, Carpinteria is a special place to vacation, live, work, and raise a family. There are few places with such a picturesque setting, lovely beaches and coastal hills, perfect climate, and relaxing atmosphere. Carpinteria is a rare thing to find in southern California: a coastal city that has kept its small town charm, family atmosphere and natural beauty.
Located in southeastern Santa Barbara County, Carpinteria, with a south-facing coastline gives our tranquil community its broad sandy beaches, ideal for swimming, surfing, or strolling on the sand. One can sit on the beach and see amazing sunrises and sunsets, with views of the Channel Islands. You might watch dolphins playing in the surf, then dust off the sand and walk or bicycle home. Or stroll through downtown Carpinteria for wonderful restaurants, galleries and shops.
Carpinteria Beach is well known for its combination of calm waves in select sandy areas and good surfing swells in more rocky places. The Carpinteria bluffs allow the best of the ocean to be on display with seals and sea lions, gray whales, and tide pools of starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopuses, and sea urchins. Hosting the California Avocado Festival, the area also captures the best of orchid fields and hothouses for visitors and residents to enjoy. Home to the Salt Marsh Nature Reserve, Carpinteria State Beach and Bluffs, and Santa Barbara Polo & Racket Club, the area advertises itself as the “world’s safest beach” – a name it does well to promote and maintain.