Description

The lovely thing about all of the campgrounds in El Capitan is that they all have easy access to the beach. In addition to the 123 tent/rv/trailer/van sites, there are also 5 group sites (Portola, Ortego, Cabrillo, Drake and De Anza), one of which is handicap accessible. Nine of the tent/rv/trailer sites are specifically set aside as RV sites. The sites are clustered Continue reading...
The lovely thing about all of the campgrounds in El Capitan is that they all have easy access to the beach. In addition to the 123 tent/rv/trailer/van sites, there are also 5 group sites (Portola, Ortego, Cabrillo, Drake and De Anza), one of which is handicap accessible. Nine of the tent/rv/trailer sites are specifically set aside as RV sites. The sites are clustered fairly close together, but lots of shade and close proximity to the beach call for a great camping area. Word on the street is that 85 is the best, but 82-84 are also good, as are 101, 103, 105 and 107.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
No. of sites
133
RV details
Not specified
RV hookups
None
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 8 people per site
Potable water available
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Showers available
Picnic table available
Beach
Forest
River, stream or creek
Cave
Desert
Hot spring
Lake
Redwoods
Swimming hole
Waterfall
Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Surfing
Swimming
Wildlife watching
Horseback riding
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
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Hipcamper Allison
Allison
recommends this listing.
February 8th, 2017

The raccoons are bold here! Put away and safely store your food immediately before you leave your site.

Hipcamper Bryn
Bryn
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 28th, 2015

If you're looking for a group-friendly campground with an ocean view, you've found it. Just bring layers because it can get pretty cold at night.

Hipcamper Elsa
Elsa
recommends this listing.
March 29th, 2017

no comment

Hipcamper karim
karim
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 26th, 2015

Great location by the beach and close-ish to Santa Barbara for picking up bbq supplies. Great swimming beach (but occasional tar spots) and plenty of hiking across the road or up at Gaviota.

Hipcamper Gary
Gary
didn't provide a recommendation.
February 18th, 2017

Stayed 2-13 to 2-16. Due to recent rain area A & C closed. Stayed in area D at Site "I" in Portola group area. Nice site with ocean view & close to restroom. Showers are $0.25 for 2 mins. We heard timers were water savings device to keep from looong showers. 4 mins. Worked out well for us. Nice bike/walking trails but watch out for poison oak. Beaches are very rocky, check with Ranger about tides so you don't get stranded at high tide. Rocks are slippery as well. I fell trying to get to tide pools and hurt my shoulder. Abundant wildlife around. Raccoons are VERY smart and aggressive. Got into food bin we thought was animal proof. Put water and cast iron cookery on bins and coolers and seemed to work OK. Had a great time. Will be back.

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Hipcamper Xanthe
Xanthe
recommends this listing.
February 19th, 2017

For better views, try to grab a site on closest to the cliff edge.

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Hipcamper Destiny
Destiny
recommends this listing.
March 8th, 2017

Bring Bikes!

Hipcamper Nancy
Nancy
doesn't recommend this listing.
May 30th, 2017

The group campsite is right off the highway. Train tracks also run along the site. This means that trains come all times of the day and night.

Hipcamper Alexandra
Alexandra
recommends this listing.
June 21st, 2017

Great spot, close to beach. Crowded.

Park
El Capitán State Beach
State
California
Phone Number
(805) 968-1033
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
34.462° N, 120.03° W
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