Travel and Leisure — May 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

Small Coastal Californian Towns Worth Visiting

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With the big cities getting all of the press, it’s easy to forget that there are smaller towns along the California coast that deserve some serious love. From laid back surf spots to artsy havens, we’ve rounded up some of the best small towns that California has to offer.

Carpinteria

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In this mad, mad world, it’s hard to imagine places where residents still leave their doors unlocked and kids can play outside fearlessly. Welcome to Carpinteria, a laid-back, family friendly spot where it’s gorgeous year round and neighbours know each other by name. Not lucky enough to be a resident? No a problem! Visitors are more than welcome to spend time perusing local-owned shops, linger at downtown cafes, and fall in love with dreamy beaches.

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