Just 15 miles south of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria is an ideal little beach town with charming shops and great restaurants. Downtown area is within walking distance or you can hop the shuttle just steps away on the sidewalk. This beach is an wonderful place to swim or surf. This location not only provides ocean views from almost every window and the deck, but also stunning mountain and salt marsh views. Across the street from protected wetlands you can walk the path and view wild birds year round. Walk south and see seals. Drive north to Santa Barbara or to the Santa Ynez wine country. Golf, sailing, and trips to the Channel Islands are just minutes away. In the summer kayaking, surfing, and snorkeling lessons are available at the city boat house across the street. Lifeguard on duty all Summer.
Perfect mid-October shoulder-season getaway for two. Second-floor unit, about 40 feet from front gate to beach, well-maintained and appointed inside and out with reserved off-street parking. Balcony with table, lounge chairs, and gas BBQ is semi-screened for privacy from street and overlooks public boathouse and access area for beach and salt marsh preserve. Pedestrian-friendly downtown Carpinteria is about 1/4 mile away with shops, restaurants, groceries, and Amtrak. This unit was great for lounge-chair laziness and was also our base for day trips to Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley, and Ojai. While it didn't bother us, travelers who are sensitive to occasional street noise should know that the public street/boathouse area in front of the unit is active throughout the day. The unit's bathroom/laundry can only be accessed through master bedroom.
What an incredible place! I rented the condo for some rest and relaxation and couldn't have been more pleased. The location was perfect--steps from the beach and across the street from a salt marsh sanctuary with walking trails. The condo is well-stocked and proved to be the perfect spot for my visiting family members. The owner even provides boogie boards and beach chairs and all you need for the perfect get-a-way! I would highly recommend this retreat!
We had a lovely week long stay for spring break in this condo. Myself and 2 children- location was perfect, just barely off the beach (don't even need to cross the road) but wonderful views and perfect access. Kids came and went to beach easily and safely throughout the day. Condo had everything I needed, wifi, laundry, beach equipment, equipped kitchen- and the fireplace! The owner has clearly made an effort to anticpate what her guests needs might be and provide for them. Clean and well maintained. The beach and salt marsh are fabulous, we saw all manner of wildlife and were in and out of the ocean water (even in March). Amazing sunsets! Carpinteria is a CA beach town from 40 years ago which I loved- low key, clean and friendly. We saw all manner of kayakers, paddle boarders, surfers, swimmers (training for a triathalon?) on our beach. Amtrak runs through Carpinteria (convenient stop for visiting nearby Santa Barbara) but you cannot hear the train from this condo. I will absolutely return to this condo if the opportunity for another CA beach vacation comes up.
I met up with a few girls from highschool for a little reunion, and this house was perfect. We loved the fireplace, quick access to the beach, quiet but lovely downtown, and fully supplied kitchen. We cooked at home and went out for meals, went on long walks on the beach, and went to Santa Barbara for an afternoon. It was just perfect. Next time, I'd love to go in the summer and take advantage of the boogie boards and great balcony!
Stayed here first week of July 2012 and loved the proximity to the beach as well as the boogie boards/wetsuits that were available for use. The huge patio was awesome place to enjoy breakfast or a glass of wine after a long day on the beach. We packed the car and walked to town for groceries at the Vons. Also took the Amtrack to Santa Barbara on those gloomy days.
We had a great time staying at this condo. There are plenty of towels and blankets so don't bother packing any. I was very happy with the inside washer and dryer combo. This property is well decorated, and we enjoyed the fireplace very much. Both my husband and I slept well on the king sized bed.
Carpinteria is a year round destination. Avocado Festival in Oct. Santa Barbara Festival in the Summer. Live Oak Music Festival Father's Day weekend. Santa Barbara also has live theatre, night clubs, world class dining, marina and pier, museums, art galleries, Santa Barbara Mission, and the Montecito Zoo. There are dozens of golf courses all less then an hour away as well as many hiking and mountain biking trails. Ventura to the south offers Channel Island trips and whale watching.
Other Activities: kayaking