Enjoy a heaping dose of sand and surf in these quintessential beach towns—but better keep these underrated spots (relatively) secret!
Twelve miles south of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria is the kind of place where you wish you’d learned to bodyboard as a kid, with a wide sandy beach and beginner-size waves. Mornings can be foggy, all the better to enjoy the slow pleasures of Linden Avenue—like Esau’s for a chile relleno omelet or Robitaille’s for homemade chocolate—before hitting the beach. Esau’s: $; esauscafe.com. Robitaille’s: