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Carpinteria

 

Though Carpinteria is a small part of the larger Central Coast, there is more than enough beauty, fine dining, shopping and fun to be had close by.

Carpinteria is an old fashioned California beach town wedged between the enchanting Los Padres Mountains and the great Pacific Ocean. Twelve miles to the southeast of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria is at the southernmost extent of the magical Central Coast region of California, serving as a gateway for Southern California residents escaping the hustle-and-bustle of urban life for a weekend. The idyllic town stays comfortable with Mediterranean weather year-round in a region nicknamed the “American Riviera.”

Carpinteria is home to many A list celebrities. A great many charming local-owned small businesses, restaurants, breweries, surf shops, bakeries and coffee shops line Linden Avenue and Casitas Pass Road and Santa Claus Lane. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner train, which goes from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, has a stop on Linden Avenue.

Local wines from the many vineyards surrounding Carpinteria are served at the local restaurants and wine bars, alongside local fresh-caught fish and delicious local-grown produce. Great flavors and talented chefs attract visitors and a few high-profile guests to the small town's pedestrian friendly streets. Some 80,000 visitors are drawn to Carpinteria for its annual California Avocado Festival, in the first week of October. The three-day event features locally made goods and avocado products.

Known to many as the “World's Safest Beach,” Carpinteria's shoreline is gentle-sloped and has unusually calm waves for the region. This makes the beaches especially great for swimming and surf fishing, as well as for sports and family activities. Rincon Beach Park provides a lookout point with panoramic views of the Channel Islands, mountains, surfers and the sunset.

Blessed with natural beauty and wildlife, Carpinteria's coasts and mountains are great for nature hikes and exploring. In the winter and spring months, migrating seals, sea lions and gray whales are often sighted from the shore. Tidepools at Carpinteria State Beach feature sea urchins, anemones, octopuses, starfish crabs and snails, while Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve provides excellent bird watching. Set on a scenic bluff, The Seal Rookery, one of only four along the California coastline, allows visitors a chance to observe over a hundred seals basking in the sun, yelping at each other and diving for fish.