C is For Carpenteria State Beach
Running, splashing, swimming
Tide pools of life
Having lived in California my entire life, I've been to a variety of beaches. Some I've loved, others I haven't. Capenteria definitely falls under the LOVE column. It's pretty, relatively crowd free, (except for the state run campground it's always booked), and FULL of seashells. I know every beach is supposed to have seashells but most California beaches have seashells about the size of a dime. Not Carpenteria, in addition to the amazing tide pools and seasonal seals and sea lions, you can find a plethora of seashells. I don't know what the rules are about taking them home, so I won't comment on whether we took any. However, if you want to walk along the beach and look at tons of seashells, drop by Carpenteria. Just be sure to wear your shoes, or bring something that removes tar. Because the natural tar the Chumash used to tar their boats still occurs here and will tar your feet.
Muse For Today: What beach beckons your presence?