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Refugio State Park and Beach

Goleta, CA
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Goleta, CA
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It`s special to be able to drive right to the ocean and set up a campsite, fix your own meals and walk on the beach and swim in the water all in a moment. This is well maintained, very popular and reservations are essential.

Thank BlakievanHemert
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We spent today, Memorial Day at Refugio Beach. Arrive early to get good parking! We arrived at 8:45 AM and there was still plenty of parking and 2 close picnic tables for us. We brought our own double kayaks and saw dolphins, 2 sea otters...More

1  Thank CarolNeumann
Reviewed 26 May 2017

During our last day at this campground we woke up to having my husband's bike stolen even thought it was locked up, they used bolt cutters to cut the lock. The campground patrol said that late at night people will come and steal outside generators...More

Thank Juana K
Reviewed 13 April 2017

It has been my favorite beach for many years but the State has done and awful job of maintaining the campground. This is a very high use park because of the beautiful beach palm tree lined cove. This campground should be a "State showcase". I...More

Thank Paul D
Reviewed 13 January 2017

The kind of beach you hope to find with few people and plenty of natural wonders for a beach scavenger hunt

Thank Susie2423
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Skip this place and find another. From oil spill residue, decressed wildlife, overpricing, noise and wind, this is not a getaway, but a torture!!!!! The train screeching by at 2-4 am around the corner is a deafening sleep killer... Beware of the sleep deprivation and...More

2  Thank IAGrey
Reviewed 17 December 2016

The reef at the north end of the beach is filled with kelp beds and many varieties of colorful fish. Great shallow dive spot for snorkeling beginners. Fantastic beach access with sandy beach and towering date palms.

Thank Jeffery P
Reviewed 15 December 2016

Nice campsites, clean restrooms, hot showers, no hook ups. Some folks would not like the trains as they run a few times a night - loud and close but ok. There is a odor issue with the sewage disposers/separators. Don't camp close to these as...More

Thank 2pablo2015
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Unfortunately our camping space was about as far north as we could have received, and it had a huge amount of freeway noise. Aside from normal highway noise, the 101 in the area next to the park has a steep downhill, so lots of trucks...More

1  Thank Ballywizard
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

You have to make reservations 7 months in advance but it's worth it. It's located about 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara so if you want to eat out other than at the camp site, it's doable. The beach is more like a cove. It...More

Thank AvaD_12
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Kellyjo D
5 June 2016|
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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
25 September 2015|
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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!
Doris A. S
26 June 2015|
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Response from czech2011 | Reviewed this property |
due 2 recent oil spill u need 2 contact reserve America 2 get current info. highly doubt