Refugio State Beach

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About Refugio State Beach

If you’re looking to sleep to the sound of surf and swaying palm trees on a pristine stretch of the Central California coastline, Refugio State Beach is not to be missed. Refugio State Beach camping offers the whole nine yards for ocean lovers, from surf fishing and kayaking to hiking and biking. With lifeguards patrolling the beach throughout the year, lifeguard towers staffed during the summer months, and beach wheelchairs available free of cost, Refugio State Beach is a great place for a family outing. To experience the beauty of the coastline, set off from your beach campsite for an adventure on a beautiful set of trails to visit Refugio’s stunning neighbor, El Capitán State Beach. Or, for a close-up look at the coast from a different angle, sign up for a kayak tour led by one of the park’s lifeguards.



Choose among 66 campsites at Refugio State Beach's Refugio Campground, just twenty miles west of Santa Barbara. Refugio Campground is lined with tropical palm trees and offers amenities such as fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms, pay showers and a small general store. Refugio State Beach camping is close the highway, but a symphony of crashing waves will often lull you to sleep over the sound of passing cars.

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If the idea of falling asleep in a tent to the sound of surf and swaying palm trees sounds idyllic, add Refugio State Beach camping to your travel...

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Bryn: We used to come to this beach for field trips all the time when I was in elementary school. It's an awesome family-friendly...
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The nearest grocery store is 20 miles (aka at least one hop, skip and jump away), so be sure to stock up for your camping adventures.

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Keep your eyes out for dolphins and whales passing by!

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We used to come to this beach for field trips all the time when I was in elementary school. It's an awesome family-friendly beach area - not over-luxurious, but a great location. And lots of coastal space for games and picnics. But look out for the June fog.

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Pose by the palms along the shore for a “kodak moment.”

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There was an oil spill at this beach some time ago, so don’t be alarmed if you have dirty feet after playing here! After all, if you leave the beach with clean feet, you aren’t doing it right...right?

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O-My. This park is the cats meow. But because of heavy wave action you should get here soon. The palm trees are falling in the ocean. Some of them are so under cut you can walk under them. If you like and you are a rock stacker this is the beach.
Friendly staff, great hosts and they keep the camp sites clean. The B\R are just like any other S.P. B\Rs clean and semi- clean during the day.
Comfortable Atmosphere, Relaxing ,Peaceful Surroundings.
This is a must for campers
Remember camping is fun but family camping is more fun.
How is the rock tower.
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Iam on my 2nd day and Iam loving it. This park has Sandy Beach not as much as it did last I was here. The rocks are just right for building rock towers. Lot of sun what more can you want in a park. The wind come up in the afternoon but not bad. I think this is a good stopping point if you if you are heading north or south up 101 . the day use is clean and well taken care of. Unfortunately the palm trees are falling in the ocean. The waves are under cutting them 1 at a time. I walked under 1 of them. It was neat to see the root system. So if you get a change to stop in at Refugio S.B. you have to do it.
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Iam camping next to a 1954 Seasta (?) ( not a Shasta or is it ) out of Frazier Park. This classic needs some work on the outside, but they did a supper job on the inside. This blue & white trailer is only 1\2 the story. The tow car is a 57 4 door 150 with V-8 auto. Trans. They look supper together.
They are the 2nd. Ower of this classic trailer they bought it about 25 years ago.
This kids meet camping about 30 years ago. He offered to pitch her tent, or did he pitch her a line and BINGO. they have been together ever sents.
So if you see Richard & Dawn Say Hi!
So go camping you just might meet someone and end up with a life time of fun like this kids did.
Shirtless host Steve.

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History of Refugio State Beach

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