A Playing Field for Visitors and Paradise for Residents
Shop, Play, Dine & Stay
Swimming, surfing, tidepool exploring, fishing, and camping are just a few of the outdoor activities enjoyed by both visitors and residents. The Carpinteria State Beach offers more than a mile of pristine beaches and is easily accessible throughout the town and a large community pool guarantees everyone a cool dip. The pedestrian friendly Linden Avenue, in the heart of Carpinteria, displays the personality and originality of the community, offering a welcoming environment filled with trendy boutiques, unique shops, vintage stores, specialty retailers, and welcoming gourmet cafés, bistros, and craft breweries.
Catering to those who are on a staycation or vacation, and making the most of the area’s natural beauty, Carpinteria residents Jason and Jaime Diamond have grown Stardust Sportfishing steadily for the past twenty years. Whether an avid angler or beginner, Stardust’s guests can climb aboard one of their two boats to experience deep sea fishing, and often see whales, dolphins, and more. “We take our guests fishing for the day, and they return with a bag of cleaned, fillet fish,” Jamie Diamond says. “We want our guests to have the best experience, and try to keep our trips affordable while keeping everything as luxurious as we possibly can.”
After a long day on the water, Island Brewing Company is a refreshing place to meet up with friends and family. Paul Wright and his staff have been using the power of craft beer to create friends and community since 2001, and just recently expanded the brewery’s tasting room and outside patio. They have won both national and international acclaim for their handcrafted ales, and have strong support among beer enthusiasts.
“We try to appeal to people of all ages,” Wright said. “On weeknights our crowd is more local, but on the weekends we get a good mix of tourists, campers, and people coming in from Santa Barbara and Ventura. It’s a great place to have a beer and watch the sunset.”
Carpinteria offers a substantial selection of hotels and Michael Ensign, CHA, General Manager of Carpinteria’s Holiday Inn Express & Suites, stays busy helping those that visit the city year round. “Carpinteria has the most beautiful beaches in the world, a wonderfully consistent year round climate, and a unique and friendly small town charm that you really can’t find anywhere else. With our Salt Marsh Preserve, Harbor Seal Rookery, and miles and miles of hiking and biking trails we are a nature lovers and fitness buffs nirvana.”
An array of exceptional vacation rental accommodations are also available, offering guests a relaxing retreat or an action-packed escape. Giac’s at the Beach is a family-owned beach house rental on the sand and they have been helping families build lasting memories on the world’s safest beach for 20 years. In the heart of downtown, The Castro House opened its first vacation rental a few years ago. Demand was so great, that a second unit was recently renovated in the spring of 2016, and now features an upstairs casual 1 bedroom and a downstairs 2 bedroom with elegant comfort. Welcoming thousands of visitors each year, Carpinteria is prepared to greet guests and is world-renown for its hospitality and captivating coast.
It’s that magnetism which brought Jean-Michel and Jill Carre to California from France. They opened Chocolats du CaliBressan in Carpinteria in 2007. The shop features Jean-Michel’s Le CaliBressan, and a variety of delicious handmade chocolates. Today, with locations in both Carpinteria and Santa Barbara, the chocolatier has become a favorite of residents and visitors alike.
“We work seven days a week, but we’ve definitely been able to grow here,” Jill Carre said. “The support of the local people and the Chamber has been tremendous. They purchase and spread the word.”
Boasting a world class business climate, Carpinteria is also a playing field. Nestled between the Pacific Coast Ocean and the Southern California foothills, the Santa Barbara Polo Club is easily found by the American and California flags which fly high over the entryway. Founded in 1911, it is the third oldest United States Polo Association, (U.S.P.A.) club still in existence in the United States. Year round, the Tennis & Swim/Fitness Club boasts its own clubhouse at the top of the driveway, a pool, a Jacuzzi, 8 tennis courts and an entertaining deck. “Sunday Polo features ultra fast paced action on the field and is a social spectacle for the 1,500+ visitors in the stand” Alison Hansen, Event & Sales Director says. “Polo is a crowd favorite from May through October and attracts a hip international crowd.” With 87 acres of manicured fields including 3 playing fields, stick and ball field, an arena, an exercise pen, stabling for 360 horses, and two Clubhouses, the Santa Barbara Polo Club is fit for royals.
From the ocean to the foothills, Carpinteria is a welcoming and charming town, hosting generations of visitors from all over the world