If you are like me, you cannot get enough of those lovable seals. Carpinteria has a great beach area to view them in their natural habitat. Below the cliffs at the Bailard exit of Carpinteria is a harbor seal rookery. You can stand on the cliffs and watch the baby seals play in the water in a little lagoon at the shore. You can take a trail right to the beach right from the Ballard exit parking lot which leads to the viewing area. Pretty cool and don't forget your camera.
As I said in my opening, Carpinteria is not very big, but the downtown is quaint. So take several hours of your day and stroll the shops, coffeehouses and restaurants. There is a good selection for a town this size. And some of these shops have some cool California culture vibes to them. Most of the shops are located on Linden Avenue.
The beach is located right on the edge of downtown. I would imagine this is the biggest draw for tourists. It is a clean beach and has some nice volleyball nets setup. This is a very laidback beach so don't expect spring break type craziness.
We had an unexpected Saturday night stay in Santa Barbara and all of the hotels were either booked...more
5606 CARPINTERIA AVE, Carpinteria, CA 93014
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OK, this is not the Marriott. But so what, you are in California. You should be spending all your...more
4160 Via Real Road, , Carpinteria, California 9301
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4200 Via Real, US 101/El Camino North at Santa Mon
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5361 6TH ST, Carpinteria, California, United States
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600 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria, California, 93013
Call me a baby if you want. But when I sit down at a restaurant I want to be served my food. After all, I have a kitchen at home if I wanted to cook. This is the one problem I had with The Palms. There is a huge grill in the center of the restaurant, the waiter will bring you the slab of meat you ordered and you are expected to grill it yourself. There are plenty of seasoning on hand to make it how you like. BUT I was not able to sit down and enjoy my salad bar because I was constantly having to pop up out of my seat to check on my steak. It was not a relaxing environment for this reason. Sure, the steak was delicious, but damn I want to relax during a meal if I am going to spend money at a restaurant.
Cheap prices, but I can see why and I would gladly pay the extra for regular service.
This is an awesome, good old fashioned burger joint located very close to the beach parking lot. Great big, artery hardening burgers with delicious fries. This is more like a hamburger stand where you order at the window. There are outdoor and indoor places to sit though. Cool, very local vibe. I have the feeling this is the lunch hotspot for people in the know.
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