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Refugio State Park and Beach

Goleta, CA
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Best Beach Camping!

Can't get any closer to the water! It is a bit crowded, but typical camping layout. The group... read more

Reviewed 8 January 2016
55coolguy55
A Favorite Childhood Memory

Very nice beach, small and great for the kids. The surf is usually mild, so it makes for a great... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2015
JunellP
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Nipomo, California
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“train tracks” (7 reviews)
“rv parking” (2 reviews)
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Goleta, CA
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Reviewed 8 January 2016

Can't get any closer to the water! It is a bit crowded, but typical camping layout. The group site is awesome, but tough to book.

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Reviewed 12 November 2015

Very nice beach, small and great for the kids. The surf is usually mild, so it makes for a great time in the surf. A very family oriented beach.

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Reviewed 7 September 2015

Refugio State Park and Beach is one of the most scenic and easily accessible beaches in Santa Barbara County. It is indeed a refuge from heavy surf and waves due to the cove which is formed by the rocks. This is similar is some respects...More

Thank TomSulp
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Reviewed 31 July 2015

We visited friends who were camping here - while on a trip to Solvang. The beach is nothing special - pretty rocky and small. The campground itself seemed really nice - according to our friends, it can be quite difficult to secure a space here,...More

Thank mcarbaugh
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Reviewed 27 July 2015 via mobile

This is the best camping on the beach. Have been going every year for as long as I can remember. Was so happy beach and campground is open. No sign of the spill anywhere. More rocks on the sand this year but still a GREAT...More

4  Thank Camarillodan
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

It is always nice to go someplace different & camp in our RV. The group site is nice as you can get a lot of RV's into the Mesa campspot area. BUT...trying to get this spot on the weekend is nearly impossible. When we do...More

Thank JstLv2Crz
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Reviewed 10 July 2015

We loved the long walks along this coastline. Great place to walk near sunset. The Sunsets were amazing here. If you can find a day with a few clouds you will love the results as the sunsets. Lots of great places to walk along the...More

Thank don3569
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Reviewed 7 July 2015

We were surprised to find out that we had to pay to get in here...just to park and walk down to the beach. Not worth it in my opinion. We were told by some that most days the park ranger at the window is not...More

2  Thank N B
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Reviewed 2 June 2015

We didn't camp but visited the picnic area. A great place to bring friends for a day of grilling out on the beach, kayaking and walking along the picturesque rocks! Nice restrooms on property big shade trees and it wasn't too busy. Most definitely would...More

Thank Jody K
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Reviewed 28 April 2015

We were in site 28 at the campground…….nothing like the ambience of a freight train running through your campsite (including one at 2am on Friday night!). Yikes! The sites are relatively close together -- but you are at the beach. I think we'll try another...More

1  Thank kathyinil
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Giocolon
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Response from KathyLP320 | Reviewed this property |
Oh, I tried to include the link to their site, but Trip Advisor doesn't allow links in these answers....so I will list their info below Phone Number (805) 968-1033 Max. Trailer Lengths Trailer: 27 Feet Camper/Motorhome: 30... More
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Kellyjo D
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Response from kimibean | Reviewed this property |
In the past there have been Jr. ranger programs at El Capitan State beach which is just 2 miles away. They have met on wed am and there is always an educational program (called a "campfire") on sat evenings. Look at the... More
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Response from Camarillodan | Reviewed this property |
You should not have a problem. Depending on the spot you may need to unhook and park your truck next to your rig. Good luck!
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