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Situated just 12 miles southeast of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria is the quintessential beach town. With a population of around 13,000, Carpinteria exudes a small-town charm that endears residents and visitors alike.
Carpinteria or “The Carpenter Shop” was originally used by the soldiers of the Gaper de Portola Exhibition of 1769. The town received its name after the canoe-building carpentry enterprises of the Chumash tribe who resided in the area. Known as “Carp” by locals, this tranquil community has transformed into a vibrant place to call home.
Carpinteria is known for being a laid-back, friendly beach community. Its amicable nature attracts a diverse array of residents here, from surfers to artists to even the occasional celebrity. Families with young children are drawn to the parks and excellent schools. Carpinteria is also a great option for those who want to trade the endless noise of the city for the serene nature of a small town.
The walkable layout of the city allows residents to easily stroll to the beach or window-shop at the quaint shops lining Linden Street.
Kick your mornings off with a cup of joe from Lucky Llama Coffee. This local coffee shop offers coffee drinks and a selection of baked goods in a comfortable atmosphere. The outdoor patio is a great place to catch up with a friend or bring a book to read. If you’re looking to enjoy a casual dinner, head over to Corktree Cellars. This wine bar and bistro features globally inspired main and small plates along with wine tastings. Enjoy dining in the intimate, woodsy-chic cafe!
Whether you’re ready to tackle some serious shopping or simply wanting to window shop, head over to Linden Avenue. This bustling boulevard is lined with an assortment of restaurants, retailers, antique shops, and services. Don’t forget to check out Heritage Goods and Supply, which is located in Lucky Llama Coffee! This home goods store has a variety of exciting products, from products to men, women, and children.
Carpinteria offers residents plenty to do, regardless of what their interests are. Spend your Thursday afternoons from 4 to 7 PM at the farmers' market. Located on the 800 block of Linden, here you will find an assortment of fresh produce, bouquets of flowers, and baked goods. After you’ve stocked up on goods at the farmer’s market, consider catching the sunset at Rincon Beach County Park. This Carpinteria beach is a popular spot for surfing, swimming, bird-watching, or simply enjoying the sunshine. If you want to go on an overnight adventure, consider camping at Carpinteria State Beach with your friends or family.
Get your heart rate up while hiking at the Franklin Trail Trailhead. This popular local hiking spot comprises 5.2-miles of hiking with scenic views of the valley, salt marsh, ocean, and even the Channel Islands in the distance. This hike is sure to feel you feeling rejuvenated and reconnected to nature.
Carpinteria is home to a number of public and private schools:
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