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Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn
Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn

4558 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria 93013

3.0 out of 5.0

Convenient to US-101, this Spanish-style hotel is half a mile from Carpinteria's famed beach and close to the Santa Ynez …

£105
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Castillo Inn at the Beach
Castillo Inn at the Beach

22 Castillo St., Santa Barbara 93101

2.5 out of 5.0

Located in West Beach, this inn is within 2 mi (3 km) of Carriage and Western Art Museum, Presidio Santa Barbara, and Santa …

£79
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Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara 93108

5.0 out of 5.0

This Spanish Colonial style-resort is located in Montecito, California, directly on Butterfly Beach. The property is in close …

£350
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Montecito Inn
Montecito Inn

1295 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara 93108

4.0 out of 5.0

On a boutique-lined street in one of Santa Barbara's most upscale suburbs, Montecito Inn is a Mediterranean-style hotel …

£106
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Santa Barbara House
Santa Barbara House

424 Por La Mar Drive, Santa Barbara 93103

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in East Beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cabrillo Bike Path and Santa Barbara Zoo. Presidio Santa Barbara …

£108
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Caravan Outpost
Caravan Outpost

317 Bryant St., Ojai 93023

2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Ojai, this caravan park/campground is within a 10-minute walk of Soule Park Golf Course and Ojai Art Center. Ojai …

£130
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Pacific Crest Hotel Santa Barbara
Pacific Crest Hotel Santa Barbara

433 Corona Del Mar Drive, Santa Barbara 93103

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in East Beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cabrillo Bike Path and Santa Barbara Zoo. Presidio Santa Barbara …

£103
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Santa Barbara Inn
Santa Barbara Inn

901 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara 93103

3.5 out of 5.0

Located in East Beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chase Palm Park and Santa Barbara Zoo. Presidio Santa Barbara an …

£179
avg/night
Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
Hotel Milo Santa Barbara

202 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara 93101

3.5 out of 5.0

Set amid fragrant gardens and graceful palm trees, Hotel Milo Santa Barbara is across from West Beach, between Stearns Whar …

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The Inn at East Beach
The Inn at East Beach

1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara 93103

2.5 out of 5.0

Located in East Beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cabrillo Bike Path and Santa Barbara Zoo. Presidio Santa Barbara …

£84
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Pocket Guide: Carpinteria

Visit Carpinteria

Carpinteria is a sleepy beachfront suburb located 11 miles southeast of downtown Santa Barbara. Known locally as Carp, it adopted its name from the Churmash Indians, who would use their carpentry skills to build their sea-faring canoes here. Now it attracts a different kind of seafarer – surfers – thanks to its position as California’s legendary surf spot, Rincon Beach.

Carpinteria is surrounded by polo fields and avocado orchards and is famous as the home of the prestigious Santa Barbara Polo Club, and the California Avocado Festival, a popular three-day event held each October.

Getting to or from downtown Santa Barbara is easy. It’s a 15-minute drive along the coast, or you can hire a bike and take one of the cycling trails which run between the two. It's also a stop on the Pacific Surfliner train route, which traverses the southern California coast.

Where to Stay in Carpinteria

If you’re looking to escape the vibrant hustle and bustle of Santa Barbara, head east to Carpinteria, where the town's select hotels, inns and beach guesthouses offer a more low-key stay. There is a number of well-known hotel and motel chains on offer, many with pools, bars and restaurants.

Enjoy the Beach from Your Hotel in Carpinteria

Tucked away between the hills and the Pacific Ocean, Carpinteria's Rincon Beach is one of California's top surf destinations. Learn to master the board with lessons from one of the surf schools, or try your hand at paddleboarding or windsurfing. If you’re with young kids, Carpinteria State Beach is the place to go, as it is often regarded as one of the world’s safest beaches thanks to its gentle and shallow reef-protected waters.

Other attractions include Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, between State Beach and Rincon Beach, where seals and sea lions live at the Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery. Learn about the town’s Chumash history in the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History.

Carpinteria’s Bar and Dining Scene

Carpinteria dining scene is more casual than its swanky Santa Barbara neighbour. Head to Linden Avenue, Carp’s main drag, where you'll find the town’s best coffee shops, bars and Mexican restaurants.

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