El Capitan State Beach Campground

Santa Barbara County


El Capitan Beach


El Capitan State Beach Campground, CA

El Capitan State Beach Campground

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Beach and Lake Attractions

Visitors to Southern California beaches have so many places to explore and enjoy.

  • Fish for monster bass at Lake Casitas.
  • Enjoy the calm waters of beautiful Cachuma Lake.
  • Surf the point at El Capitan Beach, Mondos, or Rincon Point
  • Excellent pier fishing off the Gaviota Pier
  • Take off hang gliding at Douglas Preserve near Arroyo Burro Beach
  • Spend the afternoon kiteboarding at Leadbetter Beach
  • Take a look at the Harbor Seals near Carpinteria Beach
  • Watch some exciting beach volleyball at East Beach.
  • Kayak the Santa Barbara coast.
  • Explore Channel Islands Harbor where you can rent a boat or take a cruise out to the Channel Islands.
  • Visit the Flight 261 Memorial Sundial at Hueneme Beach

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and under adult supervision at all times. Dogs must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night.
  2. Quiet Hours: 10 PM to 6 AM
  3. Generators: 10 AM to 8 PM
  4. Curfew: All visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian past 8:30 PM

El Capitan State Beach Campground

El Capitan State Beach Campground is located off Highway 101, 17 miles west of Santa Barbara. The campsites at El Capitan Beach are well spaced out among the trees on bluffs overlooking the beach. These beautiful campsites are among the nicest along the California coast. A bike trail leads west along the coast connecting El Capitan with Refugio Beach. Campers at El Capitan enjoy beach combing, fishing, surfing, picnicking, swimming, and sun bathing.

El Capitan Beach has 119 standard campsites which can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Nine other campsites are limited to RVs or trailers only. El Capitan State Beach also has 5 Group Camps.

Campground Basics
Location: Highway 101, 17 miles west of Santa Barbara
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 128
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: Fees cover 1 vehicle and 1 legal tow, fee for additional vehicles
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (805) 968-1033

Reservations
Reservations available year-round, available up to 7 months in advance, released in one month blocks on the 1st of each month
Maximum Vehicle Length: 35 feet
Accessible Sites: #8, 9, 20, 26, 33, 38, 39, 40, 80
Fees: Peak season (March - November) - $45
Premium sites peak season - $55
Hike & Bike site $10
Reservations: El Capitan State Beach Campground Reservations
Check-in, Check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

El Capitan Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, amphitheater, store
Showers: Yes
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: El Capitan State Beach Campground Map
Nearby Attractions: Beaches, hiking trails, picnic area, surfing, fishing, kayaking, bike trail, 3-mile Ansio Trail from Refugio to El Capitan Beach, diving, Goleta Butterfly Grove, Nojoqui Falls Park

El Capitan State Beach, CA

El Capitan State Beach


El Capitan Beach Group Campsites

El Capitan State Beach has 5 group sites. Two of the group sites are standard campgrounds which will accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. The other 3 group sites are tent-only sites.

El Capitan State Beach Group Sites
1No tents allowed at Bobcat Group Campsite
Always confirm campsite configuration and fees with the reservation website since campgrounds are sometimes reconfigured or specifications changed.
Campground Area Max. # of People Max. # of Vehicles Fee per Night
Anza 32 people 8 Vehicles $235
Portola 40 people 10 Vehicles $285
Ortega Tent Only 50 people 10 Vehicles $225
Cabrillo Tent Only 60 people 15 Vehicles $320
Drake Tent Only 60 people 15 Vehicles $320


Reservations: El Capitan Beach Group Campsite Reservations

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