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Carpinteria State Beach Campground
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Reviewed 15 July 2016

This state park is a dump. The bathrooms have not been acid washed and power washed in years and are just disgusting. That is the ones that are not "out of order." I spent 3 days in this state park and the same "out of order" facilities never changed.
If you have an RV or Trailer, good luck getting them into the tight sites outlined in white lines. Yes, white lines on asphalt. Once you get your trailer in, park your tow vehicle next to the trailer, you bang your door trying to get in or out as the sites are so narrow. Camping at this state park is like being in the Walmart parking lot on "black Friday." It is so crowded and nothing but asphalt in half of the campground with electric and water hook ups. At $70 a night for water and electric, you can do much better in a private campground. This place is a real dump. It needs a good cleaning and paint. They cram the RV sites so close to maximize the profits I am sure. Many people had to buy 2 sites to get their rig in.

The good thing is the location on the beach and in the town of Carpenteria. .
A good cleaning, paint, and some landscape work would do wonders. It's a shame at $70 a night and our tax revenue the place is so run down. I have stayed in many other Ca state park campgrounds that were wonderfully maintained. This one is NOT. I would avoid camping there---it's just disgusting. Camp else where and come to use the beach only. Beach is great. Rest is a rip off by the state of Ca.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled solo
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3  Thank rssingnl
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Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

What a little gem! Right on the beach. Friendly staff and close to bike to many mom and pop restaurants and the grocery store. Cute walking trails. The camps spots are all asphalt and were very very small and hard to get into especially if it is crowded. But once you parked it was great. Camp fire ring suck unless you have a spot facing the ocean. Clean and well kept. No camp store.

Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

We tent camped 4 nights in early June at site C213, which is one of the pricier sites along the beach.
Here are the PROS: An amazing location. We set our camp chairs in the dune above our site. Each morning we saw dolphins as we sipped our coffee. The kids enjoyed exploring the small tide pools and tar pits, finding large shells, and seeing seals. We also liked the astronomy presentation given at the campfire circle, the playground nearby, and the short walk into town.
CONS: The site was way too small for our large tent. It took up most of the space between the fire pit and the parking space. Nothing to offer privacy from the next campsite either, so hope for decent neighbors! Bathrooms are pretty typical for the beach: lukewarm showers and plenty of sand. You don't really see the ocean from camp either, because it is separated by dunes. Basically, it feels like camping in a parking lot.

SUMMARY: If you are looking for a pretty campground in which to gather with your family and roast smores this isn't it. But if you are looking for an affordable beach-front accommodation, this is a wonderful option. Sleep at camp, and spend the rest of your time on the beach. The glorys of the sand, ocean and wildlife overshadow the imperfections of the accommodations.

Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

We went to this beach for Spring Break and it was such a nice, clean and pretty beach. I love that they also offer camping at this beach for RV's and tents. It's close to food places and stores. There is a great burger place right across the street from the beach. We had a great time and even saw a sea lion on the beach. We hope to go back in the summer.

Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
1  Thank Debnevar
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

It is hard to find campgrounds with sites directly on the water/beach. This one has it. We paid a premium for a waterfront site. When we arrived found we had misunderstood and there were no hookups for our little 10 foot trailer and the sites on the water were basically a paved parking lot with striped to denote each numbered site. 10 or 11 sites were on the ocean side and another 10 or 11 across the lot. Lots of big fifth wheels and motor home away from water and only three campers on water side. Hmmm. Mystery solved. No electric, water of fire rings on water side. All on sites across the lot. Still we were backed righ up to the beach and water. Sound of the waves lull you to sleep. Awakened at 8AM by a generator that was quickly quelled by the camp host, our only real problem of the outing other than rain. Nice restrooms with washing stating and HOT water in taps. Showers 50 cents for hot water. Touring we found a large variety of sites for trailers and tents. Nice. It gets busy in the summer but in April, very quiet.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank CWS55
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