The Golden State boasts many beautiful beach cities, but Santa Barbara surely stands out as one of the most delightful in all of California. Its Spanish-style architecture, excellent restaurants and wine tasting rooms, and opportunities for whale watching and water sports are but a few of its appealing attractions. Find a Santa Barbara vacation package today and then dig out the sunscreen and shorts because this California gem is calling your name.
Carpinteria State Beach
Hotels near Carpinteria State Beach, just 12 miles south of Santa Barbara, are a great choice for families, couples, and friends alike. The mile-long stretch of sand is patrolled year-round by lifeguards. Surf its waves, try your luck fishing from the shallows, or take a sedentary approach and while away the hours bathing in the sun. Take the kids, bucket-in-hand, to explore the beach's tide pools, home to starfish, crabs, and urchins. From December through May, you might see seals and sea lions sunning themselves on the sand. Wear your oldest flip flops—the beach is known for its naturally occurring tar that will likely find its way onto your feet. Hotels by Carpinteria State Beach put you within easy reach of the shops and restaurants of the small city of Carpinteria. Visit the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History to learn about the region's heritage. Year-round sunshine encourages outdoor exploration, and you'll have several parks and preserves to explore when staying in hotels close to Carpinteria State Beach. Wander the trails of Salt Marsh Nature Park, where interpretive signs and docent-led tours reveal the interesting ecology of the wetlands; take in views of the distant Channel Islands from the hiking trails in Tar Pits Park; and see a full coastal panorama from the overlook in Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve. After such a full day, you'll be ready to retreat to the comfort of your Santa Barbara hotel.
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