Introduction to Carpinteria, California
Carpinteria, California, in Santa Barbara county, is 10 miles E of Santa Barbara, California (center to center) and 76 miles W of Los Angeles, California. The city is included in the Santa Barbara - Santa Maria - Lompoc metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 14,194 people lived in Carpinteria.
The Chumash tribals were the original inhabitants of the area. The region had naturally-occurring surface tar, and this was of great use in sealing the boats made by the tribal people, who had a large canoe-building enterprise, or a 'carpentry shop.' When the Spanish came, they named the area Carpentaria.
Carpinteria and nearby Attractions
- Carpinteria Valley Museum of History
- Carpinteria Civic Center
- Carpinteria Branch Santa Barbara Public Library
- Seaside Theatre
- Veterans Memorial Hall
- Franklin Creek
Things To Do In Carpinteria
The charming coastal city boasts of beautiful beaches and breathtaking mountain views. Carpinteria Beach has a gentle slope and calm waves, and seals and sea lions can be seen here through the months of December to May. Occasionally gray whales can also be spotted in the serene waters. The Carpinteria Valley Museum of History and the Public Library are ideal places for visitors interested in the historical background of the city. The area also has a couple of tranquil creeks and a number of churches that retain the old-world charm. Other places of interest include the Seaside Theatre and the amusement parks that offer entertainment opportunities for adults and children alike. Enthusiastic shoppers can also browse through the shops in the Casitas Plaza Shopping Center.
Air transportation is available from the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.
Carpinteria Higher Education
Santa Barbara City College serves the area.