Carpinteria State Beach Campgrounds

Santa Barbara County


Carpinteria Beach


Carpinteria State Beach Campground, CA

Carpinteria State Beach Campground

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Beach and Lake Attractions

Visitors to Southern California beaches have so many places to explore and enjoy. Campers at One of the Carpinteria State Beach Campgrounds can enjoy many nearby attractions as well as exploring up and down the coast.

  • Watch for wildlife at Carpinteria State Beach. Spot whales, seals and sea lions.
  • Explore Carpinteria State Beach tidepools for crabs, octopi, sea urchins, starfish, and sea anemones.
  • 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.
  • Find 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.
  • 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 Carpinteria State Beach Campgrounds 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. Dogs are no allowed on the beach.
  2. Quiet Hours are from 10 PM to 6 AM.
  3. Generators may only be operated between 10 AM to 8 PM as needed.
  4. All visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian past 8:30 PM.
  5. Fires must be in the provided fire rings. No fires are allowed on the beach.

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.

Carpinteria State Beach Campgrounds Basics
Carpinteria State Beach Campgrounds 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 at Carpinteria State Beach Campgrounds
Reservations available Reservations are available year-round up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
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
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Carpinteria State Beach Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, Check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Carpinteria State Beach 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 Campgrounds Map
Attractions near Carpinteria State Beach Campgrounds: Enjoy the ocean when lifeguards are on duty. Visit Jellybowl Vista Point. Children like to play at the Tomol Interpretive Play Area. Walk down for a view of the Harbor Seal Preserve. Hike the Coastal Vista Trail. Join park Nature Walks. Tour the Visitor Center. Head out to the Carpinteria Bluffs Natural Preserve and the 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.

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 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 from ReserveCalifornia:
Carpinteria State Beach Group Campsite Reservations

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