Discover the best beach camping near Santa Barbara

Find beach camping below coastal mountains on the shores of Santa Barbara.

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Discover the best beach camping near Santa Barbara guide

Overview

There are numerous public beaches to reward campers who travel to the Santa Barbara section of California's Central Coast. They include El Capitán State Beach, Refugio State Beach, Jalama Beach County Park, and Carpinteria State Beach, most of which offer beach camping not right on the sand but instead up atop bluffs overlooking the shore. A ferry to the secluded beaches of Channel Islands National Park also launches from nearby Ventura. Many state beach parks offer hookups for RVs, restrooms, fire pits, and picnic tables for campers. Elsewhere around the Santa Barbara coast, campsites range from blufftop sites with sunset views to beach campgrounds just a short walk from the sand. You can also find cabins, glamping sites, and private getaways with beach access in Santa Barbara. For the best beach camping experience, bring your own watersports equipment or opt for paddleboard, surfboard, or kayak rentals along the water. If you still have an appetite for adventure after exploring the waves, tide pools, and marine life, hit the hiking trails in nearby Los Padres National Forest.

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