Travel Bucketlist Carpinteria California

Carpinteria is truly a Southern California gem. A stunning spot nestled between mountains and ocean (located just 10 miles south of Santa Barbara) that has somehow managed to keep its small town charm. The intimate, chill beachy vibe combined with the natural beauty of the area makes it an ideal destination for the perfect getaway.

Ready to pack your bags? We are so excited to send the grand prize winner of our Beach Blues Sweepstakes to the Carpinteria Beach Cottages for a 5 night vacation. Sun, sand, surf, shopping… you really can do it all (or nothing at all if relaxation is the top priority).

Here are a few must-do Carpinteria travel tips:

Linden Avenue

This is the main street in Carpinteria, that leads you right to a beach. While strolling along this beautiful avenue… be sure to stop in the wide variety of shops (including vintage and antique stores), restaurants (that satisfy a range of cravings and price points), and galleries. Be sure to take part in any celebrations, farmer’s markets, art walks, and live music that often takes place.

Stunning Beaches

Ah, the beaches! There are several to choose from in Carpinteria: Carpinteria State Beach, Rincon Beach, Carpinteria City Beach, and Padaro Beach. All provide the perfect setting for sunbathing, strolling, swimming, surfing, sunrises, sunsets, and more.

Feeling active? Bike along Rincon Trail, or try a new adventure like windsurfing and kitesurfing. Not so much? This is the perfect spot to just chill out with family and friends.

Need to mix it up from the beautiful beaches and bopping downtown? Check out the Salt Marsh Nature Park, Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, or protected seal sanctuary. You can also time your visit around special events including the Avocado Festival, Orchard to Ocean Run, or the annual Triathlon.

Be sure to enter the Beach Blues Sweepstakes for your chance to win a trip to idyllic Carpinteria, California!

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