My family and I have been camping at Carp religiously for the last 7 years. You can't beat the location: steps to the beach, steps to town with restaurants, shops, and grocery stores. The camp hosts have been pretty good, and we love the rangers (know them all by first name now :) Yes, the raccoons can be nasty, but as long as you store your food inside and get rid of your trash, they'll move on...
We've tent camped, camped in a tent trailer, and now are camping in an RV, so we've been in all 4 loops. Santa Rosa loop is easily the most popular, because every site has full hook-ups. My only two complaints have nothing to do with the campground, and everything to do with fellow campers. ATTENTION CAMPERS! DO NOT WALK THRU OTHER PEOPLE'S CAMPSITES TO GET TO AND FROM THE BEACH! I can forgive the kids cuz they don't know better. But when you get adults who walk right thru your stuff, throw their trash in your trash can....Helloooooo? RUDE! There are designated beach accesses for everyone to use.....USE THEM! One more complaint: If you are scheduled to check out at noon, get your [--] out by noon. Can't stand the inconsiderate campers who decide to run into town for lunch or go for one last bike ride and leave the site occupied well past noon. Better yet, they know it takes them damn near 30 minutes to hook up their trailer to their truck, but they wait until Noon to start, and cause a HUGE backup for folks trying to get out on time, and people trying to get into their sites. RUDE RUDE RUDE! Your paid up till noon, now get out. Plan accordingly, people!
Carp is a magical place for families. Kids love it, the beach is safe, you can watch dolphins swim by. There is even a seal sanctuary just south of the campgrounds where you will see scads of baby seals in the springtime. The tidepools are fascinating at low tide.
So in agreement with other Carp lovers, for all you haters, PLEASE GO SOMEWHERE ELSE and leave Carp for those of us who cherish it!
- Also Known As:
- Carpinteria State Beach Campground Hotel Carpinteria