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 Carpinteria State Beach 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 Carpinteria State Beach Campgrounds offer 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.
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.
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.
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.
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|Bobcat1, Fox, Egret, Gull and Plover
Reservations from ReserveCalifornia:
Carpinteria State Beach Group Campsite Reservations