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Carp Beach

Ray Ford

Carp Beach


Carpinteria Beach

Wide expanses of beach and gentle surf make this beach a walker’s paradise


Sunday, November 18, 2007

BEACH WALK INFORMATION

Distance-A half mile west from Linden Avenue to the rock jetty at Sandyland; 1 mile from Linden Avenue east to the City Park. Three miles east to Rincon Park

Topo-Carpinteria

Park Telephone-684-2811

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DIRECTIONS

From State Street, follow Highway 101 east for 10.5 miles to the Linden Avenue turnoff. To reach the beach follow Linden a half mile to the ocean, where there is plenty of on-street parking. To reach the County Park, turn left on Carpinteria Avenue, then right two blocks east of Linden onto Palm Street. Follow this towards the ocean to the park entrance.

A CAUTION

The Harbor Seal Preserve is closed to entry from December 1 through May 31. Please observe the closure. Dogs and seals make a bad mix. If you bring yours with you make sure it is on a leash when you are anywhere near the Seal Preserve. Please be respectful of private property rights.

THE WALK

Wide expanses of beach, gentle surf, and excellent claming during periods of minus tides make this beach a walker’s paradise. There is lots of space in the park for day use or overnight stays, or you can walk east through the park and bluff tops to the City Park with your picnic supplies for a more remote barbecue.

Carpinteria advertises its beaches as the world’s safest and they surely seem that way; in either direction they are wide and flat, with plenty of hard-packed sand for building sand castles or playing frisbee. I love hiking in either direction though you can usually only go a half mile of so to the west unless the tide is extremely low or you don’t mind getting your legs wet. This is the more crowded portion of the beach but it is very nice walking along the beachfront houses to the rock jetties.

East of Linden the walking is very mellow as well, the first half mile of the beach leading you past the state park until you eventually reach a series of bluffs. There are picnic tables situated in very scenic locations along the bluffs and your kids will love the view down on the harbor seals from the point just east of the pier. To reach the viewing area you will need to walk through the Chevron parking area.

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