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The Spanish named the area “Carpinteria” because the Chumash Indian tribe that lived in the area had a large canoe-building enterprise, or “carpentry shop” there.  This was due to the availability of naturally-occurring surface tar which was used to seal the canoes.

Carpinteria beach is known to have a gentle, sloping terrain and calm waves in selected sandy areas but also good surfing swells in other rocky areas. Seals and sea lions can be seen in the area December through May at the rookery in the nearby Carpinteria Bluffs, as well as an occasional gray whale. Tidepools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopuses and sea urchins. A marathon-length round trip north of the rookery to Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara is possible, though passable only during low tide. A live view of Carpinteria beach can be seen at this link.  A popular campground is located adjacent to the beach. There is bird watching at Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve.

Since 1987, the California Avocado Festival has been held in Carpinteria on the first weekend of October. The Santa

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Barbara Polo Club, one of the main equestrian polo fields in the country, is located in Carpinteria. The city is also home to Hollandia Produce, an organic produce company with 70 employees. The region is also known for the year around greenhouse growing of flowers which are sent off to customers around the world.  The Carpinteria Amtrak Station is an Amtrak rail station stop located on Linden Avenue by the beach. It is served by Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. The redesign of the downtown corridor has changed this very old fashioned downtown into a beautiful tree lined Avenue with plenty of shopping and Restaurants to choose from.  Some of the restaurants you should try when visiting Carpinteria include the landmarks such as the Spot for beach side burgers and the Palms for a cook it yourself experience.  If you want to go a bit more formal try Sly’s for Steak and Fish.

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