Carpinteria is a small oceanside city located southeast of downtown Santa Barbara. The Spanish named the area Carpinteria or "carpentry shop" for the Chumash tribe’s large canoe-building enterprise there.
Today, the city of Carpinteria continues to stay fairly under the radar from the Santa Barbara tourism industry and retains small town charm and laid back, beach style. The natural beauty of the area is great for outdoor adventurists. Surf, kayak, camp, or just stroll downtown and check out the restaurants and shops. Carpinteria Beach has been voted one of the best in the United States by numerous publications and Rincon Point is a world-famous surf break.
The California Avocado Festival is held in Carpinteria every October in addition to many other parades and family-friendly activities throughout the year.
There is an eclectic mix of properties due to the diversity of the area. Homes range from funky beach shacks to downtown cottages, to sprawling horse properties. One of the main equestrian polo fields in the country is located in Carpinteria and just across the freeway sits the oceanfront Padaro Lane – one of the most expensive streets in all of Santa Barbara. With such great variety, Carpinteria won’t disappoint.