Feedback

VRBO is part of the HomeAway family, the world leader in vacation rentals with over 1 million listings. We offer the largest selection of properties for any travel occasion and every budget. We’re committed to helping families and friends find a perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together. Learn More

This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation

Recent Carpinteria reviews

  • snowbird

    "The rental manager was extremely nice and accommodating. The location was amazing. We loved Carpinteria as a self-proclaimed sleepy beach town. Thoroughly enjoyed riding rental bikes everywhere (no road rage), ample parking, the gracious people, seal rookery and long walks on the wonderful beach. The rental unit, itself, was somewhat under par: It it was cluttered with beach toys for kids, which is great if you have kids, but leaves little room for anything else; coin-operated laundry facility downstairs was not very handy; the kitchen was also cluttered, though well-equipped with old toasters etc., yet not conducive to cooking nice meals; and, of the three nicer restaurants, one is always closed for January, one is very over-priced (and one was closed for construction during our stay). Four stars because of the amazing location and so we thus adapted to the other shortcomings. I think any more than 2 people would be a tight fit."
    Guest: Caroline A. Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 17, 2015
    View listing
  • 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
    View listing
  • Wonderful!

    "This was such a fun place to stay! There were 10 of us (all sisters and our mother...Yes, there are 9 girls in our family!) We loved how close the beach was and went there several times. The beach was perfect. We saw 3 dolphins and a seal while swimming. It was magical! We had plenty of sleeping space and enjoyed talking, laughing and playing games. We are from all around the country, so it was nice to get together and enjoy such a wonderful home and area. The management company was easy to work with and prompt in getting our cleaning refund back. We had a question about the oven working and they got right back to us and we were able to get our question answered right away. There is a train that comes right behind the house, but I didn't see it as a huge problem. Thank you for letting us stay in your wonderful, cozy home!"
    Guest: Jane G. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 28, 2014
    View listing
  • Slice of Heaven

    "This was my 2nd stay at the Padaro Cottage, having stayed the first time with my Mom. I brought my husband for a needed break from the city and stayed on for a few days alone to enjoy the peaceful retreat. Once again, it was a slice of heaven. The cottage it decorated beautifully and has every last thing you need to enjoy the amazing beach steps away and never leave! It's private and feels like your own home away from home, not a rental. Inside has every amenity and is top of the line and outside, the same, with the added bonus of the beach, pods of dolphins, sea lions and horses riding by. A dream with the sound of the ocean always pouring in and the most amazing views from every spot. Great shopping and dining are just a short walk or drive away if you do leave. And the Owner couldn't be friendlier or more gracious to deal with! I'm looking forward to visit number 3."
    Guest: Cheryl Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 25, 2015
    View listing

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.

Sponsored Advertisement