Carpinteria State Park

State Parks Photo by Jess Willis

Carpinteria State Beach offers a mile of beach for swimming, surf fishing, tidepool exploring and camping. The Spanish named the area Carpinteria because the Chumash tribe, which lived in the area, had a large seagoing canoe-building enterprise, or "carpentry shop" there, because of naturally-occurring surface tar which was used to seal the boats.

Seals and sea lions can be seen in the area December through May, as well as an occasional gray whale. Tidepools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopi and sea urchins.

Location - Directions 
The park is off U.S. 101, twelve miles south of Santa Barbara. Exit at Casitas Pass Road from either North or South Hwy 101, go down Casitas Pass Road to Carpinteria Avenue and make a right at the signal and a left on Palm, the first left. Go to the end of Palm Ave. at the beach.

Latitude/Longitude: 
34.3919 / -119.5203

Seasons/Climate 
Recommended Clothing: Summer and spring are warm, fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.

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