El Capitán Campground

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About El Capitán Campground

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 Read more...
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.
Fires are allowed
Potable water is available
Pets are allowed
  • Listing type: Public
  • No. of sites: 133
  • Phone: (805) 968-1033
  • Accessible by: Drive
  • Accommodation: Tent Only, Tent, Vehicles & RVs

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Hipcamper Allison

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

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Hipcamper Bryn

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.

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Hipcamper karim

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.

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Hipcamper Gary

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 Sully

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

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Hipcamper Nancy

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.

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Hipcamper Alexandra

Great spot, close to beach. Crowded.

Hipcamper Kelley

It is incredible! From the tents to the yurts to the cabins you can't go wrong with any. Love this place 😊

Hipcamper Marthine

Don't stay in a site near the freeway

Hipcamper Henry

I am trying to figure out if the tent/cabins shown in the first photo are really at the SB? I cant find any mention of them on the reservation site? Does anyone know?

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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Tent / RV / Trailer: 109 Sites