Carpinteria State Beach


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Carpinteria State Beach


Location:12 miles south of Santa Barbara off US 101.
Facilities:Family campsites (tent camping; RV camping with hookups), hike/bike campsites, en route campsites, group camp, restrooms, showers, picnic areas, visitor center, exhibits (é).
Activities:Camping, fishing, swimming, wildlife viewing, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Seals and sea lions, as well as an occasional gray whale, can be seen in this area December through May, and tidepools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopi, and sea urchins. The Spanish named the area "Carpinteria" because the Chumash tribe had a large, oceangoing canoe-building enterprise or "carpentry shop" located here. The Chumash chose the spot because of the naturally-occurring surface tar they used to seal their boats.
Address:c/o Channel Coast District Office
911 San Pedro St
Ventura, CA 93001

Phone:805-684-2811
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=599
Size: 62 acres.

See other parks in California.
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He trains docents at Torrey Pines State Reserve in San Diego, not Carpinteria State Beach near Santa Barbara.
* Carpinteria State Beach: docent-led exploration of tide pools and beach
Rather than pack up at sunset and go home, stay the night at the adjacent Carpinteria State Beach campground--261 campsites, plenty of them smack-dab at the beach edge.