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Located in the town of Carpinteria, only 12 miles south of Santa Barbara and shrouded by the towering hills of Santa Ynez, lies a modest 62-acre recreation area with more than 4,600 feet of beachfront. The original inhabitants of the land were Chumash peoples, who called the area mishopshnow, which roughly translates to “correspondence.” The Chumash used the area’s resources for crafts, such as bowls, effigies, and beads.

The area also boasts rich tar deposits that were utilized for multiple purposes, one of which was paving the roads of Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara campers and Carpinteria campers love to come here to beat the summer heat, but the park’s beauty beckons visitors from all across the state as well. Guests can enjoy a variety of water-based activities and see harbor seals basking on the rocks as well as gulls and coastal bird species feeding on the shoreline. During December and mid-May, you're likely to spot gray whales as they're going to or coming back from their breeding grounds.

Carpinteria State Beach is a perfect summer getaway, with a spacious campground and all the amenities you need for an RV camping trip. Search for RV rentals in nearby cities like Ventura and Oxnard, or book an RV in Santa Barbara County instead.

Getting Outdoors

Carpinteria State Beach is a popular swimming and surfing area, with a few secluded spots ideal for fishing. There's also a lifeguard on duty, so you can swim, fish, and surf without worrying about safety. Low tide makes this place ideal for exploring tide pools. Keep your camera at the ready to snap a photo of sea lions basking on the rocks nearby.

Camping at Carpinteria State Beach also provides plenty of family-friendly fun. Tomol Interpretive Play Area is a great place to start, as it honors the culture and history of the native Chumash tribes. The area boasts a cloudburst slide, a rainbow bridge, a Tomol canoe, cave art, and aquatic mammals. This is a great way for kids to play the day away while also learning about the area's indigenous peoples.

As mentioned, the park is famous for its tar pits, and you can see them up close. Back in the 1920s, a number of fossilized plants and animals were excavated from these pits, and the natives used the tar in order to make their cones waterproof.

Camping at Carpinteria State Park

There are four state park campground loops and over 200 campsites at Carpinteria State Beach. Two of these loops feature sites with electric and water hookups, whereas other loops have primitive camping sites. Guests also have access to amenities such as tables, fire rings, a dump station, and restrooms. Bear in mind that the showers here are coin-operated.

Pets are also allowed in the RV campgrounds at Carpinteria State Beach, but they must be kept on a leash. Sites can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet in length, so bear that in mind when looking for a camper rental.

Exploring the Area

As the state park campgrounds are located in Carpinteria, you should have no trouble finding convenience or grocery stores nearby. If you get tired of preparing your own meals and having picnics at the beach, fear not. The town has a variety of dining options, including sushi, Mexican, Italian, Thai, pizza, fast food, and many more.

On your Carpinteria State Beach camping trip, take time to explore the town of Carpinteria as well as the city of Santa Barbara. While in Carpinteria, you can visit the Carpinteria Museum of History. The museum features a collection of Chumash artifacts used for hunting and gathering. You can also see items used during the Mexican cattle ranching period, in addition to Victorian furniture, items used for tar gathering and extracting oil, and many more exhibits.

If you decide to go to Santa Barbara, take some time and visit the city zoo. The zoo houses over 140 animal species, and you'll even get to interact with some of them. The zoo contributes to conservation efforts and supports the protection of endangered species and their habitats. If you're traveling with your kids, you can sign them up for the zoo camp, where they can feed the animals, participate in fun hands-on activities, and more.

Another important historic site is Lotusland, a botanical garden located on the grounds of the former home of Madame Ganna Walska. This historic estate has an impressive collection of lotus plants, and also organizes educational events, programs, and tours. This is an amazing chance to see the incredible biodiversity of the region, making it another great learning opportunity for kids.

RV Rentals in Carpinteria State Park, CA

Carpinteria State Park, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Carpinteria State Park. Outdoorsy's Carpinteria State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Carpinteria State Park, CA

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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Carpinteria Salt Marsh Trail Carpinteria, CA
Tar Pits/Carpinteria Bluffs Carpinteria, CA
Franklin Trail Carpinteria, CA
Toro Canyon Park Trail Santa Barbara, CA
Toro Canyon Ridge Santa Barbara, CA
Loon Point Carpinteria, CA
Summerland Beach from Lookout Park Carpinteria State Park, CA
Coffin Family Trail Santa Barbara, CA
Romero Canyon Trail Santa Barbara, CA
Ennisbrook Park Trail Santa Barbara, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park Santa Barbara County, CA
Ventura Beach RV Resort Ventura County, CA
Ventura Ranch KOA Ventura County, CA
Cachuma Lake Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Valencia Travel Village Los Angeles County, CA
Castaic Lake RV Campground Los Angeles County, CA
Wading Pines Camping Resort Burlington County, NJ
River Park Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Jalama Beach Campground Santa Barbara County, CA

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Recommendations for Carpinteria State Park, CA from Outdoorsy Owners


We love going to Ventura Beach RV Resort because it is family friendly, many activities for the kids, safe for everyone and there are a lot of things you can do within walking distance.

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Great ocean view. Campfires. Walking the beach. Flying kites. Watching the stars at night.

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Beautiful ocean view. Camping. Walking the beach. Swimming. Making smears by the campfire. Amazing!

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Rincon Parkway Campground

This iconic section of the California golden coast is perfect for scenic sunset views. This spot off PCH is a haven for surfing. There are no hookups or tent camping.

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Carpenteria Beach is popular with families because the gentle slope of the ocean floor makes it one of the safest beaches on the Southern California coast. Enjoy the ocean, starry nights & tidepools.

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Ventura Beach RV Resort

This is great RV Resort. Full hookups, Pool, Store, activities, secure and safe for kids, biking trails. Minutes to Downtown Ventura.

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Great Family campground area. Kids Water park in the summers and clean camp spots with hookups.

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Ventura Beach RV Resort

Fun RV park campground walking/biking distance to the beach and downtown Ventura. Adjacent to the bike path that goes up to Ojai as well which is a great day trip. Lots of amenities including pool!

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Faria County Park

Fun small campground right on one of the best surf spots in Ventura. Great little restaurant with the best breakfast!

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Carpinteria State Beach Campground

Our favorite camping of all. Dolphins and seals every day, awesome tidepools, nice waves, lots of sand, and a great little town.

Jun 20, 2018
Carpinteria State Beach Campground

Amazing beach, never crowded, dry camping or hook-up options, and restaurants and stores within walking or bike ride distance. But best part is the beach. Nice waves, lots of sand, amazing wildlife!

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Recent Outdoorsy trips to Carpinteria State Park, CA

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Started off at Ocean Mesa campground - great location, lovely hikes and lots of amenities

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Enjoy family and friends

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Surfed, slept, ate, read, explored, relaxed!

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