Welcome to Carpinteria
A small and charming oceanside city with great beaches and avocado orchards.
Carpinteria is a small oceanside city with a beachy vibe located in the southeastern part of Santa Barbara County. Known for its beautiful beaches and breathtaking mountainside views, Carpinteria is a wonderful place for residents to live, work, and relax. Just ten minutes south of Santa Barbara, this friendly coastal community has the sensibility and charms of a small town.
The state beach is enamored for its sandy turf and campground, while the city beach is considered the safest in the world, with next to no riptides due to the incline. Carpinteria is a pleasant coastal staple with a pedestrian-friendly main street, great restaurants, and many mom-and-pop shops.
What to Love
- Lush, verdant mountainside
- Beautiful, pristine beaches
- Pedestrian-friendly downtown
- Home to the world’s safest beach
- Friendly, small-town charms
- Just 12 miles from Santa Barbara
People & Lifestyle
Families can't get enough of Carpinteria thanks to its small-town vibe and friendly coastal community. They generally share the town with surfers, artists, avocado growers, and the occasional low-key celebrity. This beach-centric city is known for its relaxed and laid-back lifestyle. Residents enjoy milling about the pedestrian-friendly Linden Avenue with its many mom-and-pop shops and cafes. Then there is the annual Avocado Festival and Triathlon to keep people busy, along with long days spent at the beautiful, sparkling local beaches.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
If you enjoy craft beer and unique brewery options, then you'll appreciate Carpinteria's many breweries. Rincon Brewing
is proud to source only the best ingredients to supplement its menu, including hormone and antibiotic-free beef and poultry. For some of the freshest and most flavorful craft beers, you'll want to visit Island Brewery
The aptly named "The Spot
" makes burgers, shakes, and fries feel fresh again. Stop in for a quick lunch at this revered counter serve with outdoor seating. Other Carpinteria staple restaurants include Zookers
, Esau's Coffee Shop
, and PizzaMan Dan's
Warm, rustic, and casual, Zookers serves classic Californian fare like steaks and seafood. Night owls frequent PizzaMan Dan's because this local chain offers late-night food delivery on everything from calzones and pizza to wings and sweet desserts. Esau's is a neighborhood hotspot for a quick breakfast pick-me-up and cup of joe to-go.
Things to Do
Carpinteria is the home of the Avocado Festival
or "AvoFest," as it is also known. For more than 30 years, Carpinteria has hosted this family-friendly free event, one of the largest in California, with over 80 musical acts performing each year on four different stages. The Avocado Festival functions as a tribute to Santa Barbara, the third largest avocado producer in North America, with Carpinteria being a significant contributor.
Fitness buffs look forward to the Carpinteria Triathlon
to test their skills in a fun way that benefits multiple organizations. The triathlon is great for seasoned and novice triathletes with a challenging but fun course that navigates the foothills and neighborhoods of Carpinteria.
Of course, like all Santa Barbara cities, Carpinteria boasts a few fantastic beaches between Carpinteria City Beach
and Carpinteria State Park Beach
. The city beach has been named the "World's Safest Beach" and California's #1 swimming beach because of its Southern exposure and Channel Islands protection. As one of the country's top ten beaches, the gradual incline significantly reduces the chances of riptides, making it ideal for swimmers.
The state park beach is better for surfers and those who like exploring tidepools. Harbor seals and dolphins frequent the area along with the occasional gray whale. The Carpinteria Seal Sanctuary
is near here. A short bike ride along the Coastal Vista Trail brings you out to the lookout points, where you can see the harbor seals sunbathing on the shore. This seal rookery is one of the remaining along the southern California coast.
Notable Carpinteria schools include:
- Canalino Elementary (public, K-5)
- Aliso Elementary (public, K-5)
- Summerland Elementary (public, K-5)
- Carpinteria High (public, 9-12)
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