The sleepy town of Carpinteria is located only a few miles south of the city of Santa Barbara. Its state beach is a mile-long stretch of soft, white sand, with an incredibly popular campground directly across from the waves that crash upon the shore. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the beach. This is due to the protection of the snowy plover, a shorebird that is threatened by dogs even if yours is an extremely good boy!
That being said, there are a lot of fun activities for you and your dog to enjoy at the state beach and campground. Separating the beach from the campground is a large, wide-open field and picnic area. You and your dog can enjoy the open space and take refuge from the sun underneath one of the many strategically planted park trees. Restrooms, fresh water, barbeque pits, and picnic tables are all available for public use throughout the day, making this a popular destination for families and large groups.
The beach and campsites are managed by California State Parks, and there are fees for reserving campsites and parking at the campgrounds. Parking along the side street is metered and available for anyone seeking to use the park between the campsites and the beach. The rules regarding dogs are mainly in place in the interest of protecting the beach habitat and environment.
Some of these rules include keeping your dog on a 6-foot leash at all times. At night, they will need to be either with you in the tent or resting in a vehicle. As a courtesy to all seeking to use the campgrounds and beach, you should also plan on bringing your own poop bags to pick up after your dog.
If you find yourself headed north to Santa Barbara, you might like to pull off into Carpinteria and discover a whole new getaway destination. Although not the beach to swim and sprint through the sand with your dog, this beach is still an amazing place to soak up the sun, take your mind off of things, and relax.