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 list. Choose among 66 campsites at Refugio Campground, just twenty miles west of Santa Barbara. The family-friendly campground is lined with tropical palm trees and offers amenities such as fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms, pay showers and a small general store. Adventure opportunities are endless here, from surf fishing and kayaking to hiking and biking along immaculate coastal trails. The campground is close to the highway, but count on the symphony of crashing waves lulling you to sleep over the sound of passing cars.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
66 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


If you’re headed to Refugio beach, you should definitely make use of your bike rack. The beach gives visitors access to some aw...Read more


Scroll down to our kayaking & canoeing section below if you are curious about boating options at Refugio State Beach, as br...Read more


Refugio beach has some wonderful coastal surf fishing. Anglers report catching perch, assorted rock fish, calico, lings and mor...Read more


Refugio State Beach is a wonderful spot for a hike. There are a handful of paved paths here. Our favorite trail worth mentioni...Read more


Refugio’s protected water means a great (and relatively calm) place to launch your kayak. The classic ride of the area takes pa...Read more


Refugio doesn’t have the largest waves in the area, but it is the perfect spot for beginners to get comfortable in the water. ...Read more


With a long stretch of coastline, some decent waves and awesome atmosphere… who doesn’t want to dive in at Refugio? The waters ...Read more

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Hipcamper Judy
Judy H.
recommends this listing.
February 6th, 2019

Gorgeous beach, area, store, short distance to Santa Barbara!

Hipcamper cecilia
Cecilia B.
recommends this listing.
January 8th, 2019

They plane is nice

Hipcamper Lisa
Lisa M.
recommends this listing.
November 23rd, 2018

Book in advance.

Hipcamper Alexis
Alexis B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 18th, 2018

Refugio is a perfect campground for families, everyone here is welcoming and out there to have a great time! There is a small shop down by the beach so make sure you bring bikes and quarters. Bikes to get around quicker or venture to El Captian and quarters for your showers and ice cream. It is difficult to get a campsite here so make sure you book well advance.

Hipcamper greg
Greg L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 4th, 2018

My favorite beach camp in Southern California. Far enough away from the riffraft, close enough to civilization to run off to for dinner if weather gets bad.

Not that it makes a difference but the rear campsites are fairly close to railroad tracks.

Wander out to the point and look for shells in the rocks at base of hill at low tide.

Front spots have a view to die for. Expect to pay a premium. Stay away from the west side of campground as it’s behind the day use area and will not only get more crowded but much longer walk to beach area.

Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer B.
recommends this listing.
November 28th, 2017

You should be warned that, when the breeze blows from onshore, you hear the freeway noise a LOT. And trains pass RIGHT by the campground. If you REALLY don't like truck, car and train noise, you probably shouldn't camp here.

Hipcamper Luis
Luis B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 3rd, 2017

I stayed here for 3 days to celebrate my birthday in March. The beach adjacent campground is well kept with working bathrooms and showers. Each site has a fire ring with BBQ grate, and some areas are shaded with trees during the day. There are sites for both reservation and first-come, first-serve. Scuba Diving is popular here because of a reef nearby, and Kayaking here gives you a great chance to dolphins.

Hipcamper Susan
Susan S.
recommends this listing.
July 31st, 2017

Quiet campground. Some spots have an ocean view.

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

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.

Refugio State Beach
United States
Phone Number
(805) 968-1033
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34.464° N, 120.07° W
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer - Group: 3 Sites
(Up to 32 people per site)
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 63 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)