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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Been coming here for fifty years and, though still a nice place with wonderful memories, it’s disappointing to see the beach degrading and the camp sites filling with generators.

It used to be quite a hike from the camp sites up the tall dunes and down the long beach to the water. Over the years, wind and waves have taken much sand, the dunes are all but gone in many places, a loss of wind buffer for the camp sites, and the beach is startlingly shallow, especially at high tide.

Maybe the shift was inevitable, but quiet tent camping used to dominate here, but now the sound of generators disrupts the peace.

Date of stay: October 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank CaseyfromBoston
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

We stayed there two times ( Sept 2016 and April 2017). Absolutely amazing place,great staff, clean beach and spectacular view. The only one complain: there is hard to get a spot for weekend, but if you get lucky you will come back at this place many times)

Date of stay: April 2017
Thank _A8270LX
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

We stayed in the Santa Rosa section in a motor home with full hookups. It was so peaceful! We had great neighbors! Sunsets were breathtaking! Visited the tar pits and enjoyed the visitor center about the local history. It's walking distance to town. Walking along the bluffs is fun.

Room tip: There are places to camp for tents and motor homes.
Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Mark P
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Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

This was my first attempt at a car-free camping trip and all in all, we were able to do it pretty smoothly. For those who might be interested in trying the same thing....

We camped at Carpinteria State Beach. We chose this location because it is located literally within a block or two of the small Amtrak station at Carpinteria, a single-seat ride from Union Station in DTLA on the Pacific Surfliner ... but just as easy of a ride from any of the other train stations along the route. (Of note, the long-haul Coast Starlight does not stop at Carpinteria.)

We were a party of two adults and one child and were able to make the trip with two military-surplus MOLLE backpacks, a large tent backpack (we opted to bring our large six-person REI tent to see whether it was doable), and a small kid's backpack.

We avoided bringing lots of heavy fresh foods that typically require a cooler and ice and instead focused on freeze-dried items that could easily be prepared on a campstove or firepit with water. Because the campground is close to the city, we even had a couple meals at local restaurants instead of cooking at our site.

The campsites were not heavily wooded but do offer some tree cover though not much shrubbery. Tent and RV camping both seem popular here. Note that you will hear the passing Amtrak trains on the adjacent tracks.

Anyway, it was probably one of most hassle-free camping trips we've taken and I'd recommend it for car-free SoCal folks who'd like to get out of town for the weekend without going backcountry. Keep an eye out for Amtrak sale prices and/or use Amtrak's discounts for AAA or National Association of Railroad Passengers. I think both require a few days' advance purchase. Kids also travel for half price. (If you're planning on travelling on a busy weekend, you might want to consider buying a business-class ticket as the Pacific Surfliner is an unreserved train meaning if it's really busy you may have to stand for part of the way. Business class is always reserved and you're guaranteed to get a seat on the train you book.)

Date of stay: December 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
3  Thank AlikaAlex
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Reviewed 18 May 2017

We found the campground wonderful, especially the proximity to the beach and hiking trail, not far from shopping. The price was right, reservations recommended, a must in fact if you want your choice of sites.

Date of stay: April 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Steve B
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