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Recent Carpinteria reviews

  • Perfect!

    "We loved our stay in Carpenteria. The house is in such a great central location. It was really nice to be able to park the car and not use it during our stay. The accommodation was spotlessly clean and had lots of nice features. The games and bikes were very nice touch. The garden/patio area were very private and a really nice place to hang out. We would definitely return (and probably will)."
    Guest: G&M Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 29, 2014
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  • Truly Exceptional ! What a great place to settle into - WOW.

    "My sisters and a brother in law from New England came for my daughter's wedding and after the first two days decided they would come back to Patti and Don's "Same Time Next Year". Pretty radical decision by my staid Eastern siblings. Everything about Patti and Don's cottage had been anticipated and thought of including boogie boards, which we used and surf boards, which we didn't. The beds were very comf, the living room relaxing and well upholstered, the kitchen supplied with anything you could imagine. The laundry room came complete with detergent.... a personal delight was the outside shower with a door directly into the second bathroom. We experienced hotter than normal temperatures (up to 100F) and yet the cottage seemed air conditioned by simply opening the front door and the Dutch door - what was most remarkable = no bugs or flying things. Our daily walks to the beach were enhanced with sand chairs and beach umbrellas. Truly our hosts have thought of everything. Both Patti and Don were extremely helpful and informative regarding where to go, where to eat (of note: Clementine's Steak House at the edge of town = the pies, the pies) and their tips on other places truly enhanced our "Carp -adventure" of five days. We look forward to coming back with great anticipation."
    Guest: Bill Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 12, 2014
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  • Family Vacation at the Beach

    "This was the first time we stayed in Carpinteria. Before booking, we checked all of the available condominium rentals in this town. We chose Sunset Shores, and specifically this unit, because of the proximity to everything. It is true that this property is not truly "oceanfront" since it sits 1/2 a block back from the beach, but trust me, it is plenty close. You literally walk down the stairs and cross the street. Your toes could be in the sand in less than 60 seconds from the time you leave your front door. Most of the complexes in this town are older, so we were expecting the unit to feel a little worn out. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find the kitchen had gone through a top-notch remodel. Sub-zero fridge, Bosch dishwasher, granite counter tops, new cabinetry (alder?). We were a family of 5 and the twin beds in the guest room were appreciated. The bathroom has new tile throughout and a great shower. (No bathtub, but our kids our older, so that didn't matter to us.) The complex is very meticulously maintained. The pool was heated and their is a hot tub. (Note: the property across the street and "on" the beach does not have a pool.) There are lots of patio tables and chairs throughout so that you can enjoy the outdoors. This unit does not have a private balcony, but there is a large patio area right outside the front door that was rarely used by anyone other than us. The view of the beach is fabulous from there. The management team of the property were great to work with us. We were arriving late and they arranged everything perfectly! This property is right on the corner of Linden, which is the main street of the town. We walked to the Vons grocery store numerous times, no problem. Lots of restaurants within walking distance as well. If we had not wanted to visit Santa Barbara, Solvang, the Reagan Library, etc., I think we could have done without a car. VERY bicycle friendly town. Rent bikes if you can to see the seal rookery and the tar pits on the beach, those are longer walks than I had anticipated. We did it, but the kids were worn out by the end. My husband and older boy walked the beach to/from the Padaro Grill area (Santa Claus Lane). They said there is a stream to cross, but at low tide, the water was below their knees. We especially loved our Sunday lunch at Cielo's (on Carpinteria Ave), Rick Reeves was playing and singing and it was AWESOME! Wish we lived closer so that we could hear him again."
    Guest: Alison W. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 15, 2015
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  • Charming and Fantastic Value

    "I pride myself on digging up the best values on VRBO that combine style, comfort, convenience, value and curb appeal. Holly House did not disappoint. The house is a short walk to the beach, as well as conveniently located to the charming, old-school beach town vibe of downtown Carpenteria. The layout makes it feel much much bigger than it actually is, and reminds you of the elegant beauty of efficient design and use of space. It had all the creature comforts we needed, from a well-stocked kitchen to Apple TV to reliable wifi for those of us who can't entirely get away from work. My wife and two young daughters absolutely loved it. Thanks Kat!"
    Guest: Todd R. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 24, 2015
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Carpinteria Travel Tips

For a beach vacation with tons of charm, plan a trip to Carpinteria. This small oceanside California city is found in beautiful Santa Barbara County.

Carpinteria is situated near foothills and a mountain range, so there are plenty of gorgeous landscapes and natural beauty to see in the area, including parks, gardens and nurseries. You can enjoy the amazing weather with warm, dry summers averaging in the 70s as you explore the outdoor areas of the city.

A variety of exciting cultural events awaits you here that provide entertaining and educational adventures. From festivals like the Avocado Fest to museums, antique stores, shops and cafes - Carpinteria provides tons to do during your visit.

Things to Do in Carpinteria

- Rincon Point: Carpinteria is home to a world destination for surfing at Rincon Point. Known as "Queen of the Coast," Rincon is a must-do for anyone who enjoys participating in the sport or just watching it. Low tide in the winter months is the best time to catch a wave, as the swells come mainly from the west and northwest, providing excellent surfing conditions. Each January, Rincon hosts the Rincon Classic, a surf championship that you don't want to miss.

- Carpinteria State Beach: There’s plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the sand and surf at Carpinteria State Beach with 4,685 feet of sand and surf. This beach is known for its calm waves, though there are decent surf swells in the some of rockier areas. From December through May, you can see seals and sea lions and the nearby rookery in Carpinteria Bluffs. If you're lucky, you may also catch a glimpse of the occasional gray whale. Carpinteria Beach is a perfect spot for swimming, surf fishing and exploring tidepools for starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopuses and sea urchins.

- Santa Barbara Polo Club: Do you enjoy watching a game of polo? If the answer is yes, check out the Santa Barbara Polo Club, which is one of the main equestrian polofields in the country. It features three full-size outdoor fields, one arena, stables for 350 horses and boarding and exercise facilities. While visiting Carpinteria, catch a polo match and marvel at the amazing athleticism of the sport.

- The Carpinteria Valley Museum of History: If you’re interested in learning more about the city, plan a trip to the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History. Operated by the Carpinteria Valley Historical Society, the museum is staffed by docents who will be happy to speak with you about the different sights. The museum's exhibits showcase the histories of three cultures that have lived in the region: the Chumash people, Spanish and Mexican settlers, and pioneers. Take a look at the historical photographs and artifacts left behind by the area’s former inhabitants. The museum also offers lectures, arts and crafts fairs, monthly flea markets and a gift shop for visitors.

- Salt Marsh Nature Park: Also known as El Estuaro, the Salt Marsh Nature Park is one of the most important wetlands in southern California. It’s a mostly unspoiled estuary covering 230 acres, 120 of which make up the Salt Marsh Reserve. This area is home to rare and endangered plants and birds, including migrating birds. The park is also a nursery for marine fish. Ash Avenue features nature paths where you can enjoy a lovely stroll.

Shopping and Dining in Carpinteria

- Linden Avenue: Linden Avenue is one of the main areas in Carpenteria that boasts a number of tasty dining establishments, unique antique shops and other services. Some of the best restaurants and eateries include Cajun Kitchen, Robitaille's, The Coffee Grinder and The Spot. Stroll the avenue and peruse the shop windows under the shade of beautiful palm trees. If you’re in town during a holiday, Linden Avenue is home to the Christmas Parade of Lights, the Avocado Festival, the Antique Car Show and Fourth of July festivities.

- Carpinteria Avenue: The other main hub in the city is Carpinteria Avenue. Here you’ll find the local library as well as the pool, city hall, the Thunderbowl and Tee Time Golf. It’s the oldest street in town and boasts an interesting history. If you’re hungry and need to refuel, check out Cabo’s Baja Grill & Cantina and Clementine’s Steak House.

- Santa Claus Lane: Whether it’s Christmas-time or not, Santa Claus Lane is home to a relaxing, sandy beach as well as a variety of different restaurants like Barbecue Company, Garden Market and Padaro Beach Grill. This eclectic and unique part of Carpinteria offers a toy store and a candy store where you can stop for a sweet treat. There’s also a surf shop, toy store and market where you can pick up Santa Barbara county wines on Santa Claus Lane.

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