Carpinteria State Beach, California

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Playing at the beach is the perfect way to spend a summer day. But since I live in the mountains, I don’t get to as often as I’d like. On our recent trip to Carpinteria State Beach in Southern California, we camped at the coveted Carpiteria State Beach Campground. Reservations for this campground sell out six months in advance, but luckily the tot’s aunt had an extra space and invited us to use it.

The beach at Carpinteria is known to be family friendly. I was pleased to see a gentle surf and plenty of sand and seashells to hunt. I was less thrilled with the oil rigs out in the ocean, obscuring an otherwise perfect view of the unending horizon.

The campground has private bathrooms, outdoor showers and kitchen sinks, plus warm private showers at a quarter a piece. The walk from camp to the ocean is less than thirty seconds, and was the closest I have ever been to living at the ocean.

Big E and little g joined their cousin Eden for some fun in the sun and the sand. The highlight of their trip was chasing waves and digging, digging, digging. Perhaps that’s why my tent and sleeping bag were covered in sand for the entire week.

When they weren’t playing at the beach, the tots spent time playing at the Carpinteria State Beach’s playground, which was a quick walk or bike down the campground trail. We also enjoyed quick trips to the nearby Foster’s Freeze, as well as a longer drive to visit Old Mission Santa Barbara. There we enjoyed perusing scenes from the recent chalk art festival, while little g napped in the car.

If you have a chance to visit Carpinteria State Beach, do it. My only complaint was the sand accompanying me everywhere, including into my sleeping bag and tent. Next time, I might try an RV.

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Author: Mountain Mom

Hi! I'm Mountain Mom. I live with my husband and three young kids in the mountains near Sundance, Utah. When we're not hiking, biking, skiing and camping, I spend my time doing Mom stuff and reading. Summer of 2016 we traveled over 7,000 miles along the US National Park to Park Highway.

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