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Carpinteria A quaint beachside town, long cherished as a mecca for artists, family vacationers and surfers who worship the perfect swells of the nearby “Rincon”, Carpinteria has managed to retain its relaxed, casual lifestyle while introducing a number of trendy highlights. Favorite hangouts for locals and visitors alike are eclectic micro-breweries with tasting rooms, the hip Lucky Llama coffee house and the historic Alcazar Theater, recently renovated to offer current and classic films, jazz and blues concerts and comedy nights. An abundance of restaurants ranges from family pizza parlors to chic cafes with outdoor dining patios and the international flavors of Mexican, Thai, Italian and Japanese.

Linden Ave, the peaceful palm-lined main street, is a charming corridor of craft and antique shops that leads to a grassy park and the pristine, white-sand town beach, famously known as “The World’s Safest Beach”. Strollers and hikers enjoy the ocean view and glimpses of a seal rookery from the wildflower-strewn trails of the Carpinteria Bluffs and Nature Reserve. Very much a family-oriented community, there are always numerous activities and classes offered by the Carpinteria Arts Center, the Children’s Project, the Women’s Club and the local library, and the annual Avocado Festival draws crowds from all over the state. Lifestyles vary from California beach cottages to avocado and horse ranches in the hills above town, a number of attractive condominium complexes including a unique one adjacent to polo fields, and the more exclusive seaside villas of the gated community of Sandyland.