SoCal’s Secret Surf Town

california's coolest surf town

Driving up the West Coast of California from L.A. to Santa Barbara, you could almost miss California’s coolest surf town, Carpinteria, if you didn’t know it was there. It is a tiny surf town nestled between the Californian mountains and the roaring Pacific waves, and in October was tourist free save for the few Volkswagen campers we saw dotted around the side streets, surf boards strapped to the tops.

california's coolest surf town

california's coolest surf town

california's coolest surf town

california's coolest surf town

The town itself consists of a few breweries, a handful of exciting restaurants, and a few boutiques. There is no ‘scene’ here, it truly offers an authentic californian getaway, with the vibe being minimum pretentiousness, maximum Beach Boys.

california's coolest surf town

california's coolest surf town

california's coolest surf town

california's coolest surf town

california's coolest surf town

The loudest noise heard around town was the train AmTrak passing through, the signal stopping the few pedestrians from wandering across the track as it does, and then the town falls into quiet once again.

california's coolest surf town

Nestled right next to the tracks is the Island Brewing Company. This was the first place we stopped when we arrived, grabbing a couple of their Avocado Honey ales and absorbing the stillness.

california's coolest surf town

california's coolest surf town

True to form, the main place to be is the beach. In the morning, young families stroll with coffees and little kids in pushchairs, some surfing, some observing with newborns strapped to their chests. Come evening families gather to walk their dogs, catch up on their days and watch the sunset with their toes in the ocean.

california's coolest surf town

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california's coolest surf town

california's coolest surf town

california's coolest surf town

california's coolest surf town

For a magical getaway from Los Angeles, without the hustle and bustle of Santa Barbara, try California’s coolest surf town, Carpinteria. Just don’t tell everyone about it!

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