Refugio State Beach Campground is a palm tree-lined beach campground located along US Highway 101 on California’s Central Coast near Santa Barbara. The campground is one of a handful of other campgrounds in the area. The others are El Capitan, Gaviota, and Carpenteria; Refugio is the smallest of the campgrounds. The campsites have a access to activities swimming, surfing, kayaking, and a two mike bike trail over to El Capitan State Beach. The campground also has views of the Channel Islands.
There are 67 campsites at Refugio State Beach Campground for tents and RVs up to 30 feet long, including a hike-in, bike-in campsite, and a few group campsites. Each of the campsites includes a picnic table, fire ring, access to bathrooms, and coin operated showers. A small convenience store is available onsite during the summertime. Leashed dogs are allowed within the campground, but not on the beach.
Refugio State Beach Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||67 Campsites|
|Cost:||$35/night, $8/night per extra vehicle, $8 online reservation fee|
|Showers:||Yes – Coin Operated|
|RV/Trailer Length:||30 Feet|
|Cell Phone Service:||Yes|
|Operating Season:||Campground Open Year-round|
|Geo Coordinates:||34.463495, -120.070133|
|Nearest City/Town:||Goleta, California|
|Location:||Santa Barbara County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||Convenience Store located onsite during summer, otherwise 16 Miles to Goleta, California|
The beach is located off Highway 101 nineteen miles west of Santa Barbara.
Maps & Brochures
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When To Go
Spring & Fall – Refugio State Beach is busiest in the summer, but the best times to go are Spring and Fall.
What To Do
Surfing – The waves can sometimes be questionable at Refugio, but often produce at least some minor waves good enough for surfing.
Relax on the beach – The beach is adjacent to the campground and is great for relaxing on.