Destination guide

Laid-back life and long beach days in Carpinteria

The sun shines down on Carpinteria – one of Southern California's lesser-known but no less loved beach resorts. Spilling into the salt wash of the Pacific Ocean, the cool and compact place is packed with buzzing beach bars, laid-back foodie shacks, and characterful Carpinteria vacation rentals that ooze surfer vibes. Long, lazy days on the dune-backed sands are the top draw for sure, while Tex-Mex food fests, local eateries, and more quirky trinket boutiques than you can shake a spicy tomato salsa at make it a truly unique and interesting summertime destination.

Things to do

Carpinteria flaunts its sands and seal-spotted bays

If you're lucky enough to bag one of the coveted Carpinteria vacation rentals along the beachfront, you'll have front-row seats over the town's main attraction: Carpinteria State Beach. Protected by a large sandbank out in the bay, it's quiet, calm, powdery, and perfect for the whole family. Surfers don't clog up the waters, and the city puts out bobbing platforms for swimmers to recline on between dives in the Pacific. Nearby, the Carpinteria Harbor and the rugged Carpinteria Bluffs offer seal spotting, while the Los Padres National Forest is packed with waterfalls and walking trails.

Activities

Beaches, boutiques, and beautiful dolphins in Carpinteria

Whether you come here to hop between the cool boutique shops of Linden Avenue or sip beers in the local microbreweries of the center, to laze on the powdery beaches for hours on end or enjoy the wonderful scenery of Southern California, you can rest assured this chilled-out town has you covered. A Carpinteria vacation rental can also be your ticket to dolphin spotting and whale watching along the coast of Santa Barbara, while the rugged heights of the nearby hills offer hiking, biking and camping opportunities aplenty.

Weather

Summer living at its best in Carpinteria

Carpinteria vacation rentals are your ticket to the Californian sun. Bright and warm days are the norm in this corner of Santa Barbara throughout most of the year. Many vacationers flock to the coastal paths and beaches between June and August, to cool off in the sea and soak up the rays. Spring is also a great time to visit, when the weather's dry and there are fewer people vying for sunbathing space along the shore.

Natural features

Located between the mountains and the Pacific swells

Few towns in the United States can boast such an enviable location as Carpinteria. Nestled on the oceanside of the Pacific just north of LA, it’s overlooked by the rising peaks and woods of the Santa Lucia Range and the Los Padres National Forest. That all adds up to create a destination that offers beach life and whale watching on the one hand, and wild hiking, camping, condor spotting, and trekking on the other, not to mention technicolor sunsets of pink and red that are sure to make the heart skip a beat.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Carpinteria

The nearest airport is in Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), located 18.2 mi (29.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Oxnard, CA (OXR), which is 22.5 mi (36.2 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Carpinteria Station.

Where to stay around Carpinteria?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 822 vacation rentals near Carpinteria. From 480 Houses to 163 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Carpinteria for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Carpinteria?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Carpinteria:

  • Padaro Lane: 19 vacation rentals
  • Creekwind: 50 vacation rentals
  • Hollywood Beach: 127 vacation rentals
  • Oxnard Shores: 191 vacation rentals
  • Santa Barbara Beach: 153 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Carpinteria?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Carpinteria. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Carpinteria State Beach: 1,093 vacation rentals
  • Rincon Beach Park: 1,162 vacation rentals
  • Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club: 920 vacation rentals
  • Carpinteria Station: 1,094 vacation rentals
  • Carpinteria Seal Sanctuary: 1,100 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Carpinteria listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Carpinteria?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 480 Houses in Carpinteria. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Carpinteria include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 163 rentals available
  • Cottages: 61 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 61 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Carpinteria?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 157 vacation rentals with pool available in Carpinteria. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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