Rincon Creek is a stream that starts in the Santa Ynez Mountains near Divide Peak and flows through Santa Barbara and Ventura County to the Pacific at Rincon Point, California. Rincon Point is located about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) southeast of Carpinteria and 13.5 miles (22 km) northwest of Ventura.
Rincon Point is named for the Spanish “angle” or “corner”. In 1769, the Spanish Portolà expedition came west along the beach from the previous night’s encampment at Pitas Point. The explorers found a large Native village of Luiseño Indians at a watering-place near the mouth of what is now called “Rincon Creek” and camped nearby on August 16. A second expedition in 1775 led by Juan Bautista de Anza camped at the same place, referring to the Native village as “La Rinconada”. The Portolà expedition led to the founding of Alta California and contributed to the solidification of Spanish territorial claims in the disputed and unexplored regions along the Pacific coast of North America.
In 1835, the area was included in a land grant of 4,460 acres (1,805 ha) called Rancho El Rincon. The grant extended along the coast and encompassed present-day Rincon Point, Rincon State Beach, and La Conchita. Today, Rincon is located along U.S. Route 101 and is one of the most famous surf spots in California, known around the world for its well-formed waves and long rides. There is a gated residential community that occupies most of the Rincon beachfront. The creek tends to carry high levels of bacteria into the surf zone during heavy rains resulting in occasional beach closures. Read more here and here. Explore more of Rincon Point here: