About the Community of Carpinteria
Carpinter is an oceanside city located east of Santa Barbara. The population is just over 13,000. Carpinteria beach is known for its gentle slope and calm waves in selected sandy areas but also good surfing swells, it also has the reputation for being “Home to the World’s Safest Beach” as announced of the city’s website. Since 1987, the California Avocado Festival has been held in Carpinteria. The Santa Barbara Polo Club, one of the main equestrian polo fields in the country, is located in Carpinteria. With a strong, established economy consisting of medical devices, hi-tech, light manufacturing, and tourism; Carpinteria is home to several of Santa Barbara County’s successful companies.
The Spanish named the area “Carpinteria” because the Chumash tribe, which lived in the area, had a large seagoing canoe-building enterprise, or “carpentry shop” there; this was made possible by the availability of naturally occurring surface tar which was used to seal the canoes. Tar seeps are still visible at selected sites, such as Tar Pits Park on the campground beach of Carpinteria State Beach. The Chumash have continued the tradition of building “tomols” and have an annual voyage from the mainland to Santa Cruz Island to celebrate their ancestry.
The city has a total area of 9.2 square miles, of which 2.6 square miles is land and 6.7 square miles (72.11%) is water. The city is located almost entirely in a “coastal zone”. Immediately to the north of Carpinteria lie foothills. Between the foothills and the populated area of the city is an agricultural zone producing avocados, lemons and other coastal vegetation. The Carpinteria Bluffs, a 52 acre track of coastal land, was purchased in 1998 by the Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs and transferred to the city for permanent stewardship. This land is now a permanent open recreational space.
Photo credit of Carpinteria Bluffs: Ken Lund
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