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.

Online Campsite Reservations

Refugio State Beach Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 67 Campsites
Cost: $35/night, $8/night per extra vehicle, $8 online reservation fee
Use Level: Heavy
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes – Coin Operated
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: None
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: 30 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Yes
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground Open Year-round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 34.463495, -120.070133
Nearest City/Town: Goleta, California
Elevation: 15 Feet
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.


Phone: (805) 968-1033 Facebook:
Web: California State Parks Twitter:
Reservations: Reserve America

When To Go

Spring & Fall – Refugio State Beach is busiest in the summer, but the best times to go are Spring and Fall.

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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.

Online Campsite Reservations

 Image Credits: Bjorn via Flickr

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