7.4 Good
     
Carpinteria, California

Carpinteria State Beach

Carpinteria, California



205 Palm Ave
Carpinteria, California 93013
Phone: (805) 968-1033

Sites: 261
Recent Rate: $48 12/2016

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Latitude: 34.39237
Longitude: -119.52128
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

43 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

Review Count: 36
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

This is about the 35th year my family has visited this facility. Over the years we have witnessed a slow deterioration of the campground due to a lack of improvements and a failure to maintain the facility. The roads now have significant low spots that cause flooding of sites during rains, old trees remain that need removal thus requiring evacuation of sites for safety reasons, the restrooms remain too small for the summer population, limited state police allows for intrusion of homeless into campground raising safety concerns, the lack of a sand wall allows for excessive sand to be blown from the beach into the campground. We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 324 Santa Rosa
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Convenient basic needs shopping in town and some restaurants. Town shuts down at 10pm in off-season. If fishing head to south end of beach near rocks. Plenty of walking trails available.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $80.00
Overall Rating:      

This park has deteriorate from the beautiful beach rv and camping park it once was. Due to either shortage of State money or lack of rainfall, the trees and shrubs are almost gone at the beach sites. Even at that, these sites on "beach row" are very hard to reserve 6 months in advance. The good part of this location, is that it is very close to the town of Carpinteria and makes it easy to frequent restaurants, stores and activities. Recently the park administration re-numbered the 3 main parts of the campgrounds designating 100, 200 and 300 numbers so users could understand quickly what sites were where. We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
376
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient

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Review Count: 36
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park on the beach. Good facilities, not crowded mid-week at this time of year. Lots to see and do in area. Town easy walk distance for shopping and supplies. In process of fixing up park due to heavy use. Trains run all day and night so be aware but everybody sleeps right through the noise. Beach is great for kids. Sites are blacktop, sand, or grass. We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $67.00
Overall Rating:      

This park has a great location and is right on the beach, which is perfect if you have a ocean front space, the rest of the sites are in rows that are extremely close together. The spaces are not angled which can be problematic for fifth wheels trying to back in. If you're traveling with a family, kids, bikes, etc. and don't mind being within a few feet of your fellow campers, you'll probably be fine, but if you want a little privacy or seclusion this beach will not suit you. It is a nice beach and the proximity to town is quite close and walkable but $67 for a small and crowded parking space seems a bit much. We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $75.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in beach row site #133. Sites 132-134 have a tree and bushes blocking the beach view from your table and fire pit. Minor inconvenience with the breaking waves less than 75 feet away. Our area sites were not angled so make sure you know how to back up really well. The only down side for me was the sites are really close together. With my awning out, it was only 5 feet from the neighboring RV. All and all, a great experience. We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 61
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

The beach is fantastic and was nice even though it was January. You are right inside the little town of Carpinteria and you can walk everywhere. In the campground 95% of the sites are too close together. Even in the dry camping section where we always stay, most of the sites are doubles, triples, and quadruples where there is one pad that is split for multiple sites. Its a very poor design unless you are camping in a group. There are also dedicated group sites. This time the camp hosts were on the job and checking for generators running after the 8 PM cutoff. We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

We came in 32 foot motorhome for a 2-night stay. Reservations on-line not available the day or two before arrival, so we arrived early to register. Beach and terrain are excellent, but tough policies. Beach sites limited to 24 foot units, across the lot are 35 foot sites, but that depends upon being able to overhang the curb in back. Sewer entrance is horizontal, tough making good connection. They will only give one night at a time to non-reserved. You return at 8:30 am to renew. But then they wanted us to move to another space for the second night. Quite crowded, like a city. So we moved out, will not use again. We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $70.00
Overall Rating:      

Location, location, location! This campground is right on the beach, while being near to town with groceries, etc. Beach is not groomed, but it is still wonderful. Watch kids play, watch the surfers, catch a sunset. Washrooms and showers are about what you expect from a state park (clean but rundown) and sites are very close to each other: pretty much a parking lot. Those are the only reasons I am not giving it a 10. I would go back in a minute. Note that if you are less than 2 days from arrival, you cannot reserve. You have to show up and hope for the best. You can only get 1 night and then need to go in the lottery the next morning for available spaces. If you are lucky, you will get an unserviced site right next to the beach for $60. We also had a serviced site in the 3rd row for $70 (and there are water electric sites too). Expensive, but worth every penny. We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Of the nearly 90 RV parks we have stayed in over the last year this ranks about the worst. State uniformed staff are rude. No hookups and you can run the generator only from 10am to 8pm. Big construction project blocked off the beach. Tent City included drug dealers pulling business off the beach. Spaces COULD accommodate up to 40' but they won't allow it. What could be a fantastic RV park is a dump and the State of California should be ashamed of itself for such poor management of a public facility. We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Online registration website very misleading with regarding camp site sizes and suitability for various RVs. Nearly all sites are merely separated by lines on the blacktop. Very congested campground. Staff was friendly, but limited in ability to deal with Reserve America reservation screw ups. I would not camp at this site again. We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

The only positive aspect of this park is the location. I have had more privacy and better sites at Walmart! We parked a Truck Camper and at only 24' we still had a hard time backing in, as the sites are so close to each other. To add injury to insult, when we dumped our tanks we learned that the septic was plugged. The "Camp host" was no where to be found, so we finally flagged someone down in a state truck so they could cordon off the mess and fix the problem. We cleaned to the best of our ability, but since the bathrooms here were awful we used the toilet more than normal, what a mess. We will never return here. We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

The only good thing to say is the LOCATION. Some sights are almost on the beach itself. CONS: camp ran by volunteers with Nazi attitude. Gross bathrooms. Sites are so cramped and close to one another that you might as well be sleeping with your neighbor. Not my idea of relaxation. Everyone is on top of everyone else. Horrible. Forget about slideouts and reversing is very difficult. We stayed in the area with no sewer hookups which was more spacious and you didn't feel like you were on top of your neighbor but the sites with sewer hookups were out of the question. We will not be back as the staff was constantly into our business and very unfriendly. Harassing us about leaving even though we had 15 minutes left before checkout. We will NOT be back although you can't beat the location. We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Wow, what a location! 15 min to Santa Barbara and directly on its own incredible beach with pounding surf. Sites are somewhat parking lot style with dirt patch behind them but the setting made up for it. Train behind park is Amtrak so I didn't notice anything before or after 8am-8pm and wasn't bothered by it. Definitely on the spendy side but worth it for a few days. Staff was friendly but camp host was a little rude and intrusive. There is almost no lighting so carry a flashlight at night, it was pitch dark. We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful beach, overpriced considering we had no hookups but plenty of wake ups from the trains running right by the campground. We were the only ones parked on our loop, besides the hosts' rig, and turned on our generator just to make a cup of morning tea (at about 9:00 am) and a young man in a park uniform who happened to be walking by ordered our generator turned off. There was no one else in sight in any direction. It seems California's state parks (we tried 3 last week) are underused, overpriced and over-staffed. Pismo Beach North Campground had no campers, but 3 park pickups with uniformed staff just sitting and staring. It was sad, considering our wonderful state park experiences in both Utah and Florida. California needs to make some thoughtful changes to park management: quick! We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped here one night in September before Labor Day in an ocean view full hookup site. The sites are close together, but that's to be expected. Lots of kids everywhere having fun, a great family atmosphere. We enjoyed riding our bikes into town for dinner, and thought the campground was great. Camp hosts and park employees were very helpful. The camp host even delivered firewood to our door. We parked the motorhome and just used our bikes. Can't wait to go back. We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Motorhome.

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