Carpinteria

Rincon Point in Carpinteria is considered a surfing paradise. Even non-surfers can appreciate Carpinteria's expanse of beautiful beaches and campsites. Agriculture is a major local industry, and every year in the early fall there is a two-day avocado festival, which features every possible avocado delicacy, up to and including, yes, avocado ice cream. Horticulture is also important here. There are a number of large nurseries, and Carpinteria has the distinction of being the biggest producer of cymbidium orchids in the country. The Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club is on the mountain side of freeway 101. Homes in the Carpinteria area range from the fabulous vista estates of the Carpinteria Foothills to the beach-side luxury mansions, and all the comfortable family homes in between.