Having grown up in California my entire life, I have come to know my state and my favorite cities it has to offer. One of my favorite places to take a day trip to is Carpinteria, CA. I have put together this city guide for Carpinteria, CA to show some of my favorite activities to do, places to eat, and tips to exploring this cute beach town.
The Beach: The beach in Carpinteria is very family friendly. It has relatively small waves, so it is perfect for young kids to play in, or boogie board. In the summer months, small floating docks are placed several yards out in the water to swim to. It is known as the “worlds safest beach”.
At the end of Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA
Farmers Market: One of my favorite activities to do in Carpinteria is attend the small farmers market. You can purchase fresh florals, produce from local growers, and other fun nicknacks. The market is held on Thursdays from 4-7 pm and 3-6 pm in the winter.
The 800 Block of Linden
Shopping: Once you park, you can walk from dining to shopping to the beach. I always like to stroll down Linden Ave. & Carpinteria Ave. and go through all the small local shops. One of my favorites is Rincon Designs on Linden Ave.
Rincon Designs: 659 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013 (805) 684-2413
Most restaurants in Carpinteria are small hole in the wall restaurants. They are not fancy, but the carefree and fun atmosphere goes right along with the quaint beach town that Carpinteria is.
Fosters Freeze: I do not take a trip to Carpinteria without a trip to Fosters Freeze. I recommend the peanut butter cup blizzard or the strawberry banana milkshake. Fosters Freeze is a family tradition after a long day at the beach.
5205 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013 (805)684-3602
The Spot: This is an iconic spot in Carpinteria (celebrating its 100th year in service, having opened in 1914). It is located right near the beach and is equipped with all your favorite american foods- shakes, burgers, fries etc. You can sit on the outside patio and enjoy the beautiful southern California weather while enjoying some good food.
Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 (805) 684-6311
Rusty’s Pizza Parlor: I usually order pizza to-go, and picnic on the beach.
5250 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013 (805) 564-1111
Carpinteria is a walking town. The beach, dining, and shopping is all located within a couple blocks. Enjoy this small town by walking and exploring ! Wall murals and neighborhooods full of cute homes are just some of the many things that make Carpinteria a unique and iconic beach town.
Those are my recommendations for Carpinteria, CA. What are some of your favorite spots in Carpinteria? Share with me in the comments below!