The beaches of Ventura County have something for everyone, be it the sand (case in point shown above), the ocean breezes, surfing, sandcastles, volleyball, sunning, picnicing or just chilling out to the sound of the waves. Here we have compiled a listing of beaches just north of Ventura County in Carpinteria down the coast to the Ventura Harbor. In a separate post we highlight beaches stretching further down the coast through Oxnard, Channel Islands Harbor, Point Mugu and Malibu.
Carpinteria State Beach is a mile long beach for swimming, surf fishing, tidepool exploring and camping. Dogs are allowed only at picnic area. The park originally opened in February 1932! There are 4 campground areas with 216 family campsites and seven group campsites available. Seals and sea lions can be seen in the area December through May, as well as an occasional gray whale. Tidepools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopi and sea urchins. Exit the 101 at Casitas Pass Road, go west to Carpinteria Avenue, make a right at the signal; then turn left on Palm. The beach is at the end of Palm Avenue. Address is 5361 6th Street, Carpinteria. Call 805.968.1033 or visit www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=599.
Tar Pits Park in Carpinteria provides hiking and biking trails and a few benches, but no other park amenities. Access to the park is very remote and it is suggested that you enter from the State Beach campgrounds or beach area. The Carpinteria Harbor Seal Rookery can be reached by following trails east of the park. Here you will see tar oozing out of the hills...so watch where you step! The Carpinteria Tar Pits are one of the five natural asphalt lake areas in the world! Visit www.carpinteria.ca.us/parks_rec/park_system.shtml for more information.
Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve is 53 acres of open space situated overlooking the Pacific Ocean is a series of walkways, trails and open space for ocean views, whale watching and fresh air. There are restrooms and I believe parking is free. This is not a beach for hanging out on the sand. Visit www.carpinteria.ca.us/parks_rec/park_system.shtml for more information. Take the 101 Freeway to Ballard Avenue in turn towards the ocean.
Rincon Beach Park is near the Ventura/Santa Barbara County line just a few miles east of Carpinteria. Just take the Bates Avenue offramp off the 101 Freeway to the ocean and on the right you'll find plenty of free parking and easy beach access, with picnic tables and restrooms. Run by the County of Santa Barbara. No parking fees! Yeah! Just steps to the south of Rincon Beach Park is Rincon Point, known as one of the best surfing spots in the world. There is separating parking there and restrooms.