Quick Stops and Curiosities: Carpinteria
Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
By Bill Warner
5905 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria
A scenic, 52-acre open space atop sea cliffs overlooking the Pacific, this stop is right off the 101. Whether northbound or southbound, just take the exit for Bailard Avenue and turn south. The parking lot is right where Bailard t-bones with Carpinteria Avenue. Easy trails will take you along the bluffs, with views of a seal sanctuary and a group of tar pits. For more info, visit carpinteriabluffs.org, or call (805) 684-5405.
South of Carpinteria
Between Carpinteria and La Conchita, this world-famous surf break draws surfers from far and wide. The hillside above the point itself is encrusted with rather expensive bungalows, so you’ll want to park at Rincon Beach Park, follow the trail down to the beach and then amble southward. Depending on the water, you might witness some great riders. And if you’re there to surf, you’ll probably find a great ride yourself. Whichever direction you’re traveling, look for the Bates Road exit from the 101, and steer toward the ocean.