Camp and Explore in Santa Cruz Campground

5214-5298 4th St

Carpinteria State Beach is a gorgeous and popular location - the sunsets, activity options, and wildlife viewing is simply unbeatable!

Santa Cruz Campground is nestled in Carpinteria State Beach, an easy drive from Santa Barbara, Ventura, or the greater LA area. Over a mile of beach front access allows for swimming, surfing, fishing, tide pool exploration, and picnicking. 

There is an abundance of wildlife to see: seals, sea lions, whales, starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopi, and sea urchins. 

Reserve your site before planning your trip. The park is open daily, from 7am to sunset. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The campsites allow for tent camping and RVs. There are several handicap accessible sites, along with handicap accessible bathrooms, picnic areas, and beach access points. Dogs are not allowed on the beach - but are allowed at the campground and several of the picnic areas. 

Pack List

Sleeping bag   
Sleeping pad 
Water bottle (3L) 
Headlamp and batteries
Hand sanitizer
Sunscreen and sunglasses
Bowl, cup, spoon

Outer shell / down jacket
Long johns / fleece pants 
Hiking pant / short 
Hiking socks (wool or synthetic)
Hiking boots
Camp shoes
Rain coat

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Elevation Gain 4 Feet
Activities Stand Up Paddle, Cycling, Camping, Fishing, Surfing, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Dog Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area


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A posting from the California Parks website: "Attention: Carpinteria State Beach will be off the reservation system from Sunday, February 18, 2018 until Thursday, March 15, 2018. We are sorry for any inconvenience but the park will be closed for seasonal upkeep and care. Carpinteria State Beach will be back on reservation Friday, March 16, 2018. During this time period, available campsites will be sold at the kiosk on a day-to-day basis."

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