Carpenteria State Beach 2015

Campsite: CARPENTERIA STATE BEACH

Geographic Location: SOUTH OF SANTA BARBARA -VENTURA COUNTY

Type of Campground: STATE BEACH

Experience Level: GREAT FOR BEGINNERS AND FAMILIES

Camping (right) Beach (left)
Campsites to the right, Beach to the Left

(All ratings are based on a 1-5 system. 1=Horrible 5=Amazing)

Pet Friendly:(4) YES – BUT NOT ALLOWED ON BEACH

Family Friendly:(5) VERY

Cleanliness: (5) VERY

Noise Level: (3) NOISY AT TIMES(AMTRAK TRAIN RUNS THROUGH SITE MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY – AND YOU CAN HEAR THE BEACH WAVES FROM SITE)

Restrooms: (5) FLUSH TOILETS – VERY CLEAN

Campsite Space: (4) OFTEN 3 “RV” CAPABLE SITES NEXT TO EACH OTHER -SPACE FOR 1 FAMILY SIZE TENT

Shade/Sun: (4) WELL SCATTERED SHADE IN MOST SITES FROM TREES

Ground: (4) DIRT- RELATIVELY FLAT BUT LOTS OF TREE-DROPPINGS

Bugs/Critters: (4) CROWS ARE YOUR BIGGEST ENEMY HERE

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Clean Restrooms!
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Outdoor Sinks with Soap! AND Hot Water!
Coin Operated Showers -Bring your quarters!
Coin Operated Showers -Bring your quarters!

Amenities: 

  • INDIVIDUAL (GENDER NEUTRAL) RESTROOMS WITH FLUSH TOILETS, SINKS, HAND SOAP AND TRASHCAN IN EACH STALL
  • INDIVIDUAL (GENDER NEUTRAL) COIN OPERATED SHOWERS
  • ADDITIONAL SINKS WITH HOT WATER AVAILABLE OUTSIDE STALLS
  • OUTDOOR BEACH SHOWERS (NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING DUE TO DROUGHT)
  • WATER SPIGOTS THROUGHOUT CAMPGROUND
  • TALL FIRE PITS WITH GRILLS CHAINED ON
  • WOODEN PICNIC BENCHES
  • BIG TREES FOR SHADE  
  • FIREWOOD AVAILABLE FROM CAMP HOSTS FOR $6 
  • TRAILS TO BEACH ACCESS WITHIN THE CAMPGROUND
  • HIKING AND BIKING TRAILS NEARBY BUT NOT WITHIN CAMPGROUND
Direct walk through to the beach from sites
Direct walk through to the beach from sites
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Carpenteria Beach view from Campground

Comments from the “Chix”

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Our overall impression of this campground was that it is a great campground for those new to camping and for families. It’s walking distance to the main town, filled with grocery stores, eateries, shopping and more! If you forget anything – it’s a short walk to the store. They also have pizza delivery, but that’s not quite in the spirit of camping.
Pros:This campground is not as rustic as others, but does offer lots of conveniences like clean bathrooms with soap (say what??) and coin operated showers. The sites were large, pretty flat and good for tents – with natural shade from many trees. The campground also has many activities near by, including the beautiful beach just steps from your site and hiking trails just a short drive away.The camp host was very nice and had lots of good fire wood for sale. Just $6!
Cons: The Amtrak train tracks are right behind the campground, so a few times a day you have to deal with the loud train. Some spots are literally in the sand, which could be messy. The site numbers were almost impossible to read at night and we passed our spot at least once trying to figure out where the numbers were located. But, we heard they are re-numbering this winter season.
Tips: The layout here is three spots in a row then a curve then three more spots, and so on. The parking for these spots is literally 3 RV parking spaces crammed next to each other, so we recommend avoiding the middle spot if you are in an RV.  We, however, were in a middle spot in our tent and our spot still had privacy and lots of room.
carpenteria camp site setup
Carpenteria State Beach camp site setup

Link to reserve your spot at Carpinteria Stat Beach

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