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Camp at Carpinteria State Beach

Carpinteria, California

based on 3 reviews


Added by Carla Borella

This mile-long beach has scenic views and lively tidepools to explore. And, surfing in Rincón Point is on every surfer's wish list. The perfect break in Southern California is famous for its perfect long rights.

There are 2 campgrounds close to Rincón, but Carpinteria State Beach is a little bigger and easier to find a spot. There are 4 campgrounds: Santa Cruz, Anacapa, San Miguel and Santa Rosa. Most of them are RV sites, but if you stay at Santa Cruz Campground you can set your tent right at the beach, and if the swell is right, you are 5 steps from Jelly Bowl break.

Carpinteria State Beach has a total of 216 tent and RV campsites give access to a wide array of activities, including swimming, fishing, and picnicking. The beach here is known for its safety, and is within close access of town. From December to May, keep an eye out for seals and sea lions.

You can make a reservation here.

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Camp at Carpinteria State Beach Reviews

Such an incredible location; not just the fact that you are literally steps away from the ocean, but you are also a quick stroll to the adorable city of Carpinteria! Cute restaurants and a brewery are very close! Unfortunately it rained a ton and we had to actually evacuate b/c of flooding when we camped here, but we had a great time and can't wait to come back to this area!

Great place to get away for the weekend. Easy access to beach and very friendly atmosphere.

This is like camping under a freeway underpass. It was a no for our family. Dozens of RV's with generators running, you couldn't even hear the waves over the hill 50 feet away. The amount of people and the set up was just unappealing.

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