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Carpinteria, CA 93013
Web site: parks.ca.gov
This is one of the most popular parks in California's state park system. RVs and campers pour into town each Thursday and Friday evening - even in the late winter, early spring. The park is open all year around and the moderate climate makes it a popular destination for escaping snow birds. Everybody hopes to be one of the lucky ones camped inches away from the sand.
In addition to the obvious and extraordinary beach, this park is blessed with fabulous views of the mountains. Within walking distance you will find Tar Pits Park, which has fabulous history, and the Estuary, home to many rare and beautiful birdsTo help keep the troops entertained, there are restaurants, movie theatres, skate parks and shopping less than a half mile away. Carpinteria provides a waterfront shuttle to help with the commute. The park rents bikes of various sorts, skates and padding.
Seals, sea lions and dolphins can be seen in the area. From December to May there are local beach restrictions due to the Seal Rookery but not on State Park property. You can also see an occasional gray whale. Tidal pools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopi and sea urchins.
If you get to the stop lights at Linden Avenue, you've gone too far. However, you can turn left and then turn left again on 6th Street, which will loop you back. At Palm, then, turn right. The park will be at the end of Palm Street.