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Activities

 

Whether visiting Spyglass Point Vacation Rental for business or pleasure, it is the perfect location to enjoy all of the area activities Carpinteria has to offer.

From swimming, dolphin watching, kayaking and surfing on the ocean, or dining, shopping, biking and sightseeing in Carpinteria, there are fun and interesting activities for everybody, all in walking distance. Below is a sample of some of our favorite area activities.

 

CARPINTERIA BLUFFS NATURE PRESERVE

Make time to explore the Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve with its astonishing panoramic views. Through December to March, spy on seals and sea lions at the seal rookery below the bluffs. Travel north on Linden away from the beach and turn Right on Carpinteria Ave. Proceed for about a half mile. The preserve is on your left.

PORTOLA SYCAMORE

Take a leisurely stroll to view the awe-inspiring 250 year old Portola Sycamore tree that survives from the naming of our town when the Portola expedition first observed Chumash Indians crafting plank canoes at that site in 1769. Walk north on Linden Ave. away from beach and turn Right on 6th St. The sycamore is five short blocks away.

CARPINTERIA SALT MARSH NATURE PARK

Make time to visit the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, one of California's most important wetlands and home to many endangered plants and birds. Exit the main gate and turn left on Sandyland Rd. and walk three short blocks to the nature park.

 

WARDHOLME TORREY PINE

Travel North up Linden Ave. and turn Right on Carpinteria Ave. and view the largest Torrey pine tree in the world. Planted in 1888 by a local judge, the tree today measures 126 feet tall and about the same in width.

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HARBOR SEAL PRESERVE

The best way to visit the seal rookery is from the Carpinteria Bluffs. The rookery is inhabited by a large colony of harbor seals year round but from December through May, the 100 or so seals give birth to their cubs. Observing these fascinating animals from the Carpinteria Bluffs assures that the seals are safe from human encroachment.

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TAR PITS PARK

These tar pits, located directly on the beach, are one of only five natural asphalt lake areas in the world. Natural oil moves to the surface, picking up water and clay before it is cooled into asphalt. The Chumash Indians who inhabited Carpinteria mined the asphalt to use as a sealant in constructing their plank canoes. Take Linden Ave. North to turn Right on Carpinteria Ave. Turn right on Concha Loma to Calle Ocho. Park and take the trail across the railroad tracks.

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CARPINTERIA FARMERS MARKET

On Thursdays, between 3:00 and 6:00 PM, walk North up Linden Ave. for a certified Farmer's Market that spans an entire city block. While this is not a large Farmer's Market, there is always a great selection of local vegetables, flowers, fruits and food there.

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