Carpinteria State Beach Campgrounds

Santa Barbara County

Carpinteria Beach

Carpinteria State Beach Campground, CA

Carpinteria State Beach

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Beach and Lake Attractions

Visitors to Southern California beaches have so many places to explore and enjoy.

  • Fish for monster bass at Lake Casitas.
  • Enjoy the calm waters of beautiful Cachuma Lake.
  • Surf the point at El Capitan Beach, Mondos, or Rincon Point
  • Excellent pier fishing off the Gaviota Pier
  • Take off hang gliding at Douglas Preserve near Arroyo Burro Beach
  • Spend the afternoon kiteboarding at Leadbetter Beach
  • Take a look at the Harbor Seals near Carpinteria Beach
  • Watch some exciting beach volleyball at East Beach.
  • Kayak the Santa Barbara coast.
  • Explore Channel Islands Harbor where you can rent a boat or take a cruise out to the Channel Islands.
  • Visit the Flight 261 Memorial Sundial at Hueneme Beach

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and under adult supervision at all times. Dogs must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night.
  2. Quiet Hours: 10 PM to 6 AM
  3. Generators: 10 AM to 8 PM
  4. Curfew: All visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian past 8:30 PM

Carpinteria State Beach Campgrounds

Carpinteria State Beach, south of Santa Barbara, features four adjacent campgrounds - Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel. Visitors to the campgrounds enjoy wonderful, sandy beaches along with attractions such as Jellybowl Vista Point, the Harbor Seal Preserve, Tomol Interpretive Play Area, and Tar Pit Park. Some campsites are spread out a little more than others, some are designated for RVs or trailers only. All are within easy walking distance of the beach and other facilities.

Altogether the campground offers 191 family sites. Some campsites have hook-ups, and some beach-front sites are designated as premium. Amenities such as hot showers, full hook-ups, an on-site store, a visitor center and summer interpretive programs make Carpinteria's campsites among the most sought-after on the Santa Barbara coast. Carpinteria State Beach also has a Hike & Bike Site, Enroute camping, and several Group Camps.

Campground Basics
Location: Palm Ave. in Carpinteria, 12 miles south of Santa Barbara
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 191
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 3
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (805) 968-1033

Reservations available year-round, available up to 7 months in advance, released in one month blocks on the 1st of each month
Maximum Vehicle Length: 35 feet
Accessible Sites: #5, 15, 38, 52, 64
Fees: Peak season (March - November) $45 - $80
Hike & Bike site $10
Enroute sites - $30
Reservations: Carpinteria State Beach Campgrounds Reservations
Check-in, Check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Carpinteria Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill (except San Miguel), some sites with hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, amphitheater, store
Showers: Yes
Dump Station: Yes
Campground Map: Carpinteria State Beach Campground Map
Nearby Attractions: Beaches, hiking trails, picnic area, surfing, fishing, kayaking, Jellybowl Vista Point, Tomol Interpretive Play Area, Harbor Seal Preserve, Coastal Vista Trail, Nature Walks, Visitor Center, Carpinteria Bluffs Natural Preserve, Carpinteria Valley Museum of History

Enroute Campsites

Enroute camping is available for self-contained vehicles when the campgrounds are full. Check-in is 6 PM, check-out is 9 AM. Awnings, slide-outs, tents, and fires are not permitted. Vehicles may not move to day use after checking out. A 48-hour absence is required before returning to enroute camping.

Carpinteria State Beach, CA

Carpinteria State Beach

Carpinteria Group Campsites

Carpinteria State Beach has 7 group campsites. Five of the sites (Bobcat, Fox, Egret, Gull, and Plover) can accommodate up to 25 people. Raccoon holds 40 people, and Heron provides camping for up to 65 people. Bobcat and Fox have accessible facilities. The group sites are included as parts of the standard family campgrounds. None of group sites have hook-ups.

Carpinteria State Beach Group Sites
1No tents allowed at Bobcat Group Campsite
Always confirm campsite configuration and fees with the reservation website since campgrounds are sometimes reconfigured or specifications changed.
Campground Area Max. # of People Max. # of Vehicles Fee per Night
Bobcat1, Fox, Egret, Gull and Plover 25 people 3 Vehicles $180
Raccoon 40 people 5 Vehicles $290
Heron 65 people 8 Vehicles $430

Reservations: Carpinteria Group Campsite Reservations

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