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.
A car probably the best way to get to this town since other methods will be more complicated.
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.
Greyhound stops at Santa Barbara Amtrak station.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.