Welcome to Carpinteria


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.

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 has tennis courts, a community pool, and beautiful parks with playgrounds and facilities for sports, picnicking, and enjoying the sunshine. People come from far away to visit our Salt Marsh Nature Park, Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, and protected seal sanctuary. 

Our intimate downtown area is often active with a weekly farmer’s market, First Friday of the month merchant events, and holiday celebrations. Each year, the town hosts the Orchard to Ocean Run, a sanctioned Triathlon and the famous California Avocado Festival. 


Carpinteria’s commerce ranges from flower growers and avocado orchards to manufacturing firms and corporate offices. On the east end of town, many businesses have bluff-top ocean views. 

Homes are available for sale at the beach and throughout the valley. So if you are thinking of a vacation getaway or life in a small town, there’s no better time to buy. You will find a warm and friendly community and many new friends to welcome you to our seaside paradise. 

Picture yourself growing a business and living in Carpinteria, where you can be an active member of our community, volunteer at youth foundations and school related activities, make a difference in the environment, promote a small and growing community of fine-artists, or actively care for our local sea critters.

Nearby is world-class live entertainment, music and art museums in Santa Barbara, sporting events at UCSB, wine country tours and various cultural festivals in North Santa Barbara or Ventura County. 

Starting a new business? Carpinteria’s City staff offers comprehensive business relocation info plus current commercial, industrial, office and retail opportunities. carpinteria.ca.us/edd.

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