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Carpenteria is a city in Santa Barbara County, the northernmost region of Southern California. It's called the World's Safest Beach due to an offshore sandbar that diminishes waves. Its a big tourist destination in the summer.


Located only a few miles south of Santa Barbara, this city of about 13,000 is most known for its large sandy beach and state park.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

A car probably the best way to get to this town since other methods will be more complicated.

By train[edit]

There is a small Amtrak station in the center of town that serves the Pacific Surfliner route from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. The larger Santa Barbara station to the west serves the Coast Starlight which runs from Seattle to Los Angeles. From there, take the Downtown Shuttle to the transit center. Get on Route 20 and go to Carpinteria.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound stops at Santa Barbara Amtrak station.

By plane[edit]

The Santa Barbara airport, in Goleta, is the closest commercial airport, but has limited flights to major hubs. Los Angeles International Airport is 90 miles away and has many more options.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

Even though you need a car to enter the city, it is not necessary when you get there. The main points of interest are all close to each other. That said, parking for 2 hours is free.

By bus[edit]

The Seaside shuttle is a good way to get around. It makes a loop from the beach through downtown, up the residential areas and back again. It runs weekdays 6am to 7pm, weekends 8am to 5:45pm.

By foot[edit]

The best way to get around. Downtown is very compact and moving a car around is a hassle. From the Seal Fountain on Linden Ave, it is only a half mile walk to the beach or Casitas Plaza.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Carpinteria Salt Marsh
  • Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
  • Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club

Do[edit][add listing]

The beach. Go the end of Linden Ave. In the summer months, the city installs floating platforms just offshore that are popular for beach-goers to swim to. Walk to the north and you will see expensive homes along the beach and the outlet creek for the salt marsh. Going south you hit the tar pits and eventually the seal rookery below the pier.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Robitaille's Candy, 900 Linden Ave., +1 805 684-9340, [1]. Open Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-3. This local candy store is popular with tourists and has lots of different types of ice cream, chocolates and other sweets.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Crushcakes and Cafe, 4945 Carpinteria Ave., +1 805 684-4300, [2]. Daily Cafe 8am-3pm, Cupcakes and Coffee 9am to 5pm. Carpinteria branch of local cupcake store.  edit
  • Padaro Beach Grill, 3766 Santa Claus Ln., +1 805 566-9800. Daily 7am to 8pm. American restaurant on the north side of town. It sits rights next to the train tracks along an older strech of businesses.  edit
  • Senor Frogs
  • The Spot, 389 Linden Ave, +1 805 684-6311. Monday to Saturday 10:30am to 8pm, Sunday 11am to 8pm.. This famous local stand serves burgers, seafood and Mexican fare. Outdoor seating. Cash only, with an ATM inside the enclosed eating area.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The Palms, 1300 Carpinteria Ave. 5-9pm.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Carpinteria Inn, 4558 Carpinteria Avenue, +1 805 684-0473 (fax: +1 805 684-4015), [3].  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 5606 Carpinteria Ave, +1 805 566-9499, [4].  edit
  • Motel 6 Santa Barbara-Carpinteria North, 4200 Via Real, +1 805 684-6921 (fax: +1 805 566-0387), [5].  edit
  • Motel 6 Santa Barbara-Carpinteria South, 5550 Carpinteria Avenue, +1 805 684-8602 (fax: +1 805 566-9097), [6].  edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through Carpinteria
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