If you like the idea of a quiet beach getaway, just 15 minutes down the 101 from the action of downtown Santa Barbara, let the unique charm of Carpinteria draw you in. Vacationers and locals alike escape to the “World’s Safest Beach,” located at the end of the small town’s main street, Linden Avenue. Along this Avenue you will find shopping for antiques, California casual clothing, jewelry, and local art a breeze — and of course pausing for a quick refreshment at Island Brewing Company’s tasting room or one of many quaint cafés is a must.
Legendary restaurants Sly’s and The Palms are a good place to set your sights for dinner, but The Spot (on Linden) and Padaro Beach Grill (on the famous, shop-and-restaurant-filled, 101-adjacent Santa Claus Lane) can’t be missed for a classic American burger lunch — steps from the ocean. Sandyland Cove, Sand Point Road, and Padaro Lane beaches all also offer the chance to enjoy the laid back beach lifestyle here.
But there’s also a fun quirkiness to this paradise of surfing, camping, and leisure. Try taking in a match at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, watching world-famous surfers and up-and-comers compete at Rincon Point, or even visiting one of the many nurseries Carpinteria is internationally known for. Each year the Avocado Festival turns the town into one big celebration of that delicious, nutritious California fruit, fitting in this valley of farmlands, orchards, and families. Single-family homes and vacation-rentable condos in planned communities offer options to suit your style of living, whether it’s playing tennis with your condo neighbors or enjoying the solitude of a stylishly unique home in the foothills. Good schools and parks make it that much more desirable. Being just east of Santa Barbara makes it that much more commutable.