Visitors to Santa Barbara County find wonderful beaches and attractive lakes with great camping choices. Campers at Refugio State Beach Campground have a wonderful stretch of sand within steps of their campsite and many other attractions nearby.
Surf the point at El Capitan Beach, Mondos, or Rincon Point.
Hike along self-guided nature trail on El Capitan Point or the Bill Wallace Trail leading up El Capitan Creek.
Spend the afternoon kiteboarding at Leadbetter Beach.
Refugio State Beach Campground is located off Highway 101, 20 miles west of Santa Barbara. Campers at Refugio Beach enjoy palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze, warm sandy beaches, protected cove waters, and guided kayak tours. A bike trail leads south along the coast.
Refugio State Beach Campground has 63 standard campsites which can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Campsites #34 - 36 and 60 are designated as Premium sites and cost an extra $10 per night. Refugio State Beach also has a Hike & Bike Site and several Group Camps. Refugio is subject to park closures during the rainy season: December through March.
Enjoy the wonderful beach only a few steps from your campsite. Follow hiking trails in the area. Try surfing or surf fishing. Join a ranger-led kayak tour, or experienced kayakers explore the coast of their own. Cycle along the bike trail. Take the 3-mile Ansio Trail from Refugio to El Capitan Beach. Visit the Goleta Butterfly Grove. Hike through Nojoqui Falls Park.
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.
Refugio State Beach
Refugio State Beach Group Campsites
Refugio State Beach has 3 group sites - Anapamu, Yanonali, and Bouchard. The first two can accommodate up to 32 people and 8 vehicles (including trailers), while Bouchard can hold as many as 80 people and 25 vehicles. Not all vehicles may be covered by the registration fee. Sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents.