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El Capitan State Beach

Goleta, California


10 Refugio Beach Rd
Goleta, California 93117
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 130
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 34.46240
Longitude: -120.02171

Elevation: 96' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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18 Reviews

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

OMG. $45 to dry camp. Right, no hook ups of any kind, with the choice of a very unlevel site or an open parking lot marked off with site numbers, right up by the freeway. Pay showers, bring plenty of quarters cuz it takes the first couple to warm up the water. If I had thought this thru I would have driven to the closest Walmart. The saving grace was the beautiful view of the ocean (looking away from the oil rigs) and lovely rocky beach and trails. I must be spoiled by gorgeous quiet Arizona and New Mexico campgrounds. California coast will never be a destination camp site for me again if this is the norm. We camped at El Capitan State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
130
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We use it for a quick break. It just an 45 min drive from home. Price has gone up $10 more this year. Love to walk the bike trail or along beach. They added picnic tables for the 130 to 132 sites. We camped at El Capitan State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
132
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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get food and supplies prior to getting their nothing is near by.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This was our first visit in over 20 years. My wife's family loved camping here when she was growing up, so it was a nice return visit. The trees provided nice shade and privacy. However, since this is a state park, it's showing the effects of California's budget crisis. The facilities aren't in very good shape, and the restrooms aren't kept very clean. There was standing water in one of the men's shower stalls. But, it was still a great visit. We only heard the train 3 times in three days, and those were in the middle of the day, never at night. We enjoyed listening to the surf at night, and the beach made for some great surf-side running. We camped at El Capitan State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

We were very disappointed. We heard great things about this park so went out of our way to stay there. Our "pull-through" ocean view reservation was nothing more than a parking lot with about 8 sites marked on the asphalt. Yes, we had a beautiful ocean view until a rig pulled in the site in front of us. And $35 for No Hookups is ridiculous, not to mention a reservation fee too. Now to be fair, there are camping circles with wooded back-in sites, but still no hookups. Yet they were full. People we talked to said they love it there and make their reservations a year in advance. We wouldn't go back. The only advantage was it's relative proximity to Santa Barbara. We camped at El Capitan State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

El Capitan is an oceanfront State Park about 25 miles west of Santa Barbara. The best aspects to this park are its proximity to SB, as there aren't many campgrounds in the area, the ocean views and beach. It's right off of the 101 freeway, so it's very easy to access and can accommodate big rigs. The campground doesn't have any hookups or a dump station, so plan on dry camping. We paid $43, which included a $8 Reserve America fee, which seems high relative to the $35 price for the camping space and takes this from a reasonable price to a bit expensive. We camped at El Capitan State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 390
States Visited: 50
Helpful Reviews: 51

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

With a little maintenance on the trees and shrubs this place would be rated higher. One new negative mark is that the county has shut down the dump station in the park. Water is still available but you have to drive into Goleta to dump at a 76 gas station about 8 miles away. I spoke to a ranger about the over grown trees. He said that it took the state 5 years to go through the paperwork process to select a new tree contractor and they have just started to work. In time it should improve. The entrance road can be challenging for taller rigs. Go slow and watch the over hanging branches. The upper lot is basically a parking lot with spaces striped off, but it is the best view of the ocean. There are two rows of parallel spaces, the front row of spaces are best. No hookups at any of the sites so being self contained is recommended. With all that being said the views here are still spectacular. Goleta down the highway has tons of new shopping and places to eat. I will definitely be back here again. We camped at El Capitan State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

This park is run down and sorely lacking in basic maintenance. The trees and bushes are over grown. The bathroom in the loop we were in was permanently shut down. Our site was described as pull through but it was not. There is a nice view but access to the beach is via a set of run down stairs. It is not handicap accessible at all. There is also a train that goes by up to 3x per night, blowing it's horn while it drives by. Also, there is freeway noise. I recall visiting this park about 25 years ago. It was in much better shape back then. So sad. I am not sure if we will visit this place again. We camped at El Capitan State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

The beach is spectacular, This campground could be so much better. There are a few spots with views of the ocean but most do not. The trees and bushes are so overgrown, they look bad and block the great coast view. The park looks like it has had no maintenance for a long time. Some sites are very unlevel and small. Bike path to Refugio was closed. We camped at El Capitan State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

We spent Labor Day Weekend there. The campsites are large, lots of trees, very hilly campground. The loops at the top of the campground are quite far from the beach. Bathrooms were stocked daily, great hot showers, busy campground but fun. The beach was very nice, and there is a small general store for supplies. We also rode our bikes up to El Capitan Canyon for lunch at their deli. We camped at El Capitan State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here as we were passing through the area and really enjoyed the location. The campground overlooks the El Capitan State Beach. It's beautiful. I loved the amount of shade trees that were throughout the campground. My only "con" to this place is the amount of restrooms. They were very busy since there are no hookups in the campground. They could definitely used more facilities. We would stay here again. We camped at El Capitan State Beach in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground although close to the freeway some of the sites can't fit the size trailer or motorhome that they claim to. The restrooms and showers were clean. No dump site is a negative but not a deal breaker. Clean with nice trails to explore. We would return again. We camped at El Capitan State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 69
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice campground, but because of the California state cutbacks there are a lot of issues. The rangers don't patrol. I only saw one camp host and he was driving through checking tags in the morning. It used to be that the hosts would walk around several times a day talking to people and checking the campground. Several campers had dogs that barked non-stop. Music being played on a car stereo for everyone's enjoyment. The prices are also way up: $35 plus a reservation fee for dry camping. We camped at El Capitan State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: November, 2009 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful setting for a southern Calif. ocean side park. It's large but sites we saw are spaced nicely apart. The park was almost empty, which surprised us at this time of year. We were unable to find pull throughs and hookups, as stated at the Calif. State Park website. We dry camped. There were no rangers in attendance and users had to register and deposit the fees self-serve. Clean and handy. We will stay here again. We camped at El Capitan State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2009 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Dry Camping and full, but what a lovely place! Traffic noise from the freeway was kind of a drag but clean and do-able. We camped at El Capitan State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Rural, dry-camping. Our site 65 was awful, no where near the ocean, across from the old dump station, next to the freeway and not even wide enough for our awning to open. On the plus side, its Reserve America state beach: cheap and woodsy. Just choose your campsite carefully. We may or may not stay here again. We camped at El Capitan State Beach in a Motorhome.

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