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Carpinteria State Beach Camping

Santa Barbara County

Carpinteria State Beach


Palm Ave., Carpinteria, CA
12 miles south of Santa Barbara
Exit Hwy. 101 at Casitas Pass Rd.
(805) 968-1033


Day use per vehicle: $10
Park Hours: 7:00 AM to sunset

Campground Facilities

Camping Fees and Reservations

See our complete outline of Carpinteria Camping Fees (below, center)

Campground Regulations

map of Anacapa Campground in Carpinteria State Beach, CA

Anacapa Campground

Anacapa Campground is available for tents, RVs and trailers. The maximum length for RV or trailers is shown on the map and is strictly enforced. These sites are separated from the beach by the main day-use parking and picnic area. There are no hook-up sites.

Group Sites

map of Santa Cruz Campground in Carpinteria State Beach, CA

Santa Cruz Campground

Santa Cruz Campground is available for tents, RVs, or trailers. 2 small, or 1 large tent, are allowed in most sites. Sites are long and narrow, often close together. No slide-outs or side tents are allowed. Premium beach front sites have higher fees.

Group Sites

map of Santa Rosa Campground in Carpinteria State Beach, CA

Santa Rosa Campground

Santa Rosa Campground is for RVs and trailers only. All sites have full hook-ups (water, sewer, and electric). Sites are arranged side-by-side in parking lot fashion.

Maximum RV or Trailer Length

map of San Miguel Campground in Carpinteria State Beach, CA

San Miguel Campground

Most of San Miguel Campground is for RVs and trailers only, but the most inland row (sites 401-419) also allows tents. Sites 420 - 446 have electric hook-ups. Premium beach front sites do not have hook-ups. Sites are arranged side-by-side with diagonal parking.

Maximum RV or Trailer Length

Carpinteria State Beach Camping Fees
Campground Area Type of Site Peak Season Rate* Non-Peak Season Rate**
*Peak Season March 1 - November 30
**Non-peak season December 1 - February 28
Always confirm campsite configuration and fees with Reserve America since campgrounds are sometimes reconfigured or specifications changed.
Standard Family Sites
Anacapa & Santa Cruz RVs, trailers, tents $45 $35
Santa Cruz RVs, trailers, tents
Beach Front
$60 $50
Santa Rosa RVs or trailers
Beach Front
$80 $65
Santa Rosa RVs or trailers with hook-ups
$70 $50
San Miguel RVs or trailers
Beach Front
$60 $50
San Miguel RVs, trailers, tents
$45 $35
San Miguel RVs or trailers with electric hook-ups
$70 $50
Group Sites
Bobcat, Fox, Egret, Gull and Plover 25 people $180 $180
Raccoon 40 people $290 $290
Heron 65 people $430 $430

Camp in Comfort

Camping at Carpinteria State Beach

Suggestions and Comments from
Previous Campers at Carpinteria

  1. Bring quarters for the showers.
  2. Walk into town to Renaldo's Mexican Bakery (on Linden) for a huge breakfast burrito.
  3. Beach Front sites aren't that much better than other sites. All are close to the beach.
  4. Find good food in town at Rusty's Pizza.
  5. Trains don't pass too often at night.
  6. Reserve 6 months in advance because sites fill up quickly for the summer months.
  7. Put food away before nightfall to avoid raccoons.

Junior Rangers

Carpinteria State Beach offers a Junior Rangers program designed for children ages 7 to 12. Participants receive a logbook which is stamped every day they attend the program, learning about ocean safety, crafts, animals, and the environment.   California Junior Rangers

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100 El Capitan Terrace Lane, Santa Barbara, CA
Located across Highway 101 from El Capitan State Beach
(805) 879-5751 or (866) 410-5783
Ocean Mesa at el Capitan
20 tent camping sites
80 RV sites with full hook-ups, 50 amp
All campsites have fire rings with grills and a picnic table. WiFi, cable TV
Amenities: heated pool and spa, laundry, store, horseback riding facilities
Rates: $$ - $$$

Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park

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(805) 966-9954 or (800) 345-5018
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Amenities: Restrooms, showers, laundry, picnic tables

Ventura Oaks RV Park

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Lake Casitas Campgrounds

Location: On the north shore by the marina
Phone: For Information (805) 649-2233, for Reservations (805) 649-1122
Reservation Fees: $7.50
Lake Casitas Camping
Campground Facilities: Playgrounds, Showers, Restrooms
Campsites: All campsites come with Picnic Tables and Fire Rings
Campsite Fees: (The lower prices are for weekdays and off-season after Labor Day and before Easter)

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