Discover a selection of 500 vacation rentals in Carpinteria that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $175 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Carpinteria. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Laid-back life and long beach days in Carpinteria

The sun shines down on Carpinteria – one of Southern California's lesser-known but no less loved beach resorts. Spilling into the salt wash of the Pacific Ocean, the cool and compact place is packed with buzzing beach bars, laid-back foodie shacks, and characterful Carpinteria vacation rentals that ooze surfer vibes. Long, lazy days on the dune-backed sands are the top draw for sure, while Tex-Mex food fests, local eateries, and more quirky trinket boutiques than you can shake a spicy tomato salsa at make it a truly unique and interesting summertime destination.

Things to do

Carpinteria flaunts its sands and seal-spotted bays

If you're lucky enough to bag one of the coveted Carpinteria vacation rentals along the beachfront, you'll have front-row seats over the town's main attraction: Carpinteria State Beach. Protected by a large sandbank out in the bay, it's quiet, calm, powdery, and perfect for the whole family. Surfers don't clog up the waters, and the city puts out bobbing platforms for swimmers to recline on between dives in the Pacific. Nearby, the Carpinteria Harbor and the rugged Carpinteria Bluffs offer seal spotting, while the Los Padres National Forest is packed with waterfalls and walking trails.

Activities

Beaches, boutiques, and beautiful dolphins in Carpinteria

Whether you come here to hop between the cool boutique shops of Linden Avenue or sip beers in the local microbreweries of the center, to laze on the powdery beaches for hours on end or enjoy the wonderful scenery of Southern California, you can rest assured this chilled-out town has you covered. A Carpinteria vacation rental can also be your ticket to dolphin spotting and whale watching along the coast of Santa Barbara, while the rugged heights of the nearby hills offer hiking, biking and camping opportunities aplenty.

Weather

Summer living at its best in Carpinteria

Carpinteria vacation rentals are your ticket to the Californian sun. Bright and warm days are the norm in this corner of Santa Barbara throughout most of the year. Many vacationers flock to the coastal paths and beaches between June and August, to cool off in the sea and soak up the rays. Spring is also a great time to visit, when the weather's dry and there are fewer people vying for sunbathing space along the shore.

Natural features

Located between the mountains and the Pacific swells

Few towns in the United States can boast such an enviable location as Carpinteria. Nestled on the oceanside of the Pacific just north of LA, it’s overlooked by the rising peaks and woods of the Santa Lucia Range and the Los Padres National Forest. That all adds up to create a destination that offers beach life and whale watching on the one hand, and wild hiking, camping, condor spotting, and trekking on the other, not to mention technicolor sunsets of pink and red that are sure to make the heart skip a beat.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Carpinteria

The nearest airport is in Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), located 18.2 mi (29.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Oxnard, CA (OXR), which is 22.5 mi (36.2 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Carpinteria Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around Carpinteria?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 738 vacation rentals around Carpinteria. From 508 house rentals to 49 cottage rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.