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Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan

Santa Barbara, California


100 El Capitan Terrace Ln
Santa Barbara, California 93117
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 100
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 34.46414
Longitude: -120.02663

Elevation: 153' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • 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 yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Phone Phone ?
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup yes
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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84 Reviews

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $95.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed over a weekend. Plenty of families in for the weekend Friday and especially Saturday night. Sunday night was dead quiet. There was plenty of kid noise, but it was all happy and quieted down early in the evening. Everyone I talked to were very friendly. The pull through sites are not spacious, but not cramped either. Being on a hill, you don't feel too much like you are looking in your neighbors window. Plus there is some shrubbery between most sites. My site was quite level, but I had a little struggle getting unhitch because it tilted down enough that the ball didn't want to come loose immediately. The park is right off of 101 and a set of train tracks, but the noise was less than I was expecting. Internet is not free, but our cell phone hotspots did the job. The price did seem a little steep and we prefer more space between sites, but this park is by far the best option for visiting Santa Barbara in our opinion. We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
top of lower area
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt, Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 167
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $115.00
Overall Rating:

Campground seems slightly tired to us. Very tight turns for a big rig. Sadly a very, very bad ant problem. Good location, easy access from the Highway. Pathetic picnic tables We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
863
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take a side trip to Santa Barbara. Very nice. Take a side trip to Solvang. Cute and lots of shops

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $115.00
Overall Rating:

This park has potential, but I feel it has been lacking of late. There is no grass or no decorative rock, so you have dirt surrounding your cement pads. We also had a strong sewer smell we had to deal with ever time we went outside our 5th wheel, probably from their septic tanks overflowing? we also had ants every where, and the wifi was about a 1 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being good. The biggest WTH was the $115/ night fee??? We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
872
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you are going to stay here, ask for a site up close to the office, to avoid the sewer smell, and get better wifi coverage.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $117.00
Overall Rating:

We have stayed at this park about once a year for the last 6 years. The rate increases every year; honestly $117.00 per night is insane. The facilities are spotless and the staff friendly. Wi-Fi and Cell phone service is very spotty. The weekend we stayed was not crowded and they had a Vintage Trailer rally which included Open House and a party Saturday night - really fun. It's a great park but the price is just too much. We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
842
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $125.00
Overall Rating:

Check in was at 2 pm. We arrived and were given site 884 which is a back in. The site was hard to get into with my 40 motor home. There was a cement pad to park on, and relatively flat, there was a picnic table and fire pit but we couldn't use the fire pit because it was too close to the motor home. Lots of dirt, so sites are dusty. Nice pool and hot tub but here again more kid in the pool than space same as hot tub. Should have adult pool time in the afternoon. The hot tub said for adults only but this wasn't enforced. This park has tent camping and spaces just for tent camping which is down the road from the RV park. But right in the brochure it says no tents in the RV park area, but here again this was not enforced as we walked around the RV park we saw tents right next to RV. All in all I think $125 for this park is a little steep. I was looking forward to a very upscale park for that price and that was not the case. We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
884
Site Surface
Concrete, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

State beaches right down the street but no dogs on the beach Santa Barbara is about 20 miles away Goleta was about 10 miles away Solvang is only 30 minutes away.

The walk to the beach is down hill steep, which means walking back was very steep.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $94.00
Overall Rating:

This is a sister park to El Capitan Canyon, an adjacent "glamping" facility with common ownership. Ocean Mesa is on the north side of the 101 about 20 miles due west of downtown Santa Barbara. The park is set on a hillside above El Capitan State Beach. It is a half mile walk to the state beach. Free admission if you walk in.

The park is maintained to a high standard with a nice pool and the staff is very friendly. The power was consistent at 50 amps and the water pressure was adequate. This is an expensive park to visit but you get open space with a short walk to the beach. This is the only RV park that I know of that has an on-site massage therapist, with 3 hours notice.

El Capitan Canyon has a Saturday night summer concert series which we missed by a few weeks. Summer weekends have a 3 night minimum. We will return. We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
879
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $104.00
Overall Rating:

Have stayed several times and this is a very nice park, but they recently raised their rates. We paid the winter rate of $103.50 with Good Sam. Staff is friendly, but not RV'ers. Close to the freeway so if you are looking for peace and quiet, this is not the best choice.

However, that said, the location is close to Santa Barbara (actually north of Goleta), so there are few choices. In the future, we will drive a little further north to Buellton. Lot spacing is nearby with a sunny/open exposure. Site surface was a concrete pad featuring a fire ring and picnic table. We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $95.00
Overall Rating:

Very disappointed. Have stayed here 3 times in past because it's level, clean, paved w/relaxing pool & great staff. However, this time were many, many young tent campers. Not only were there many, many tents and young people...there were clothes & towels hanging out, cooking tent/tables and a large U Haul...all at the front entrance. While respectful, they overtook the pool, outdoor common areas and as kids will do, left bathrooms/shower rooms messy and clean up was very slow. Disappointing that management would allow that many tent young tent campers & the resulting impact on those who were there in RVs & motorhomes and paying $95/night. Not sure we will be back as there are other RV Resorts in the area that offer same amenities & don't allow large groups of tent campers to overtake the entire place. We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $95.00
Overall Rating:

This campground and its sister "glamping" facility next door, are situated on some very expensive real estate. That might help explain the high prices. There are sites for everything from tents to diesel pushers. Our site was located on the lower level, middle row near the bottom and we did have a partial ocean view. The site had level concrete for our RV but you step into dirt when you exit your coach. There was paved area in back for our toad. There are fire rings and tables at each site.
During our summer, mid-week visit the park was filled with families and lots of kids. There is a large grassy area with playground equipment for kids and a dog run. There are also hiking paths but be aware dogs aren't allowed on them.
As others have mentioned, it's a long walk to the beach. We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $39.00
Overall Rating:

Awesome park right on the ocean. Clean, good sized campsites and tons to do. We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $95.00
Overall Rating:

This is an above average campground, at best. At $60/night I might have rated it an 8, but at $95/night, it's one of the most expensive parks we have stayed at and simply is not worth it. There is a nice pool and hot tub with a decent deck area. All public areas are clean and well maintained as are the RV sites. There is no view of the ocean from the parking spots even though it is so close. The hiking trails are not well marked at all and signs are very confusing. There is no easy way to get to the beach, and it's not a very impressive beach area anyway. The staff is not professional at all. We got the impression that it is mostly staffed by teenagers paid minimum wage. They are not very helpful and very shy and unassertive. Therefore, rules like the adult swim time and the no smoking policy are not enforced. We got to the hot tub one night at 9:30 and a bunch of small children (and their parents) were shooting high powered squirt guns between the pool and hot tub even though no children are supposed to be there after 9 PM. I doubt we would ever return to this park even though Santa Barbara itself was beautiful...there are just many nicer places to spend your time and money than this. We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
862
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Santa Barbara is very beautiful but very RV "unfriendly". Parking RVs in most parking areas in town is prohibited. We have a tow vehicle, but if you come here and don't bring one, don't expect to be able to spend much time in town. The beach areas and shops and restaurants on State St are worth visiting. Definitely do the 17 mile scenic loop around town.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $75.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed 5 nights over New Years. Site was level and clean. Sites in the bottom loops are pretty close together and you can smell the neighbour's sewer at times. We had to ask our neighbour to close it while we ate outside. (Luckily he was cool about it).

Besides the sewer situation, I would have thought they would have stronger towers for Wi Fi being it is such a new RV Park. WiFi was free but practically useless when park is full.

Pool and Jacuzzi were clean. Bathrooms clean, updated and well maintained. Check- in was friendly and provided lots of information, maps etc. Being 12 miles from Santa Barbara didn't bother us as it seems to affect other campers' ratings of this park. We were just as glad to be that much closer to Solvang. It's all relative. We will absolutely be back. We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

For smaller rigs, go to the top spots above the pool.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $95.00
Overall Rating:

This park is way over rated. They have lots of rental trailers that brought in and set up from offsite. It was extremely noisy. You felt like you were on the median of the 101. Almost no view of the Channel. This is the most we have paid for a site in over 30 years of RVing. This is no Outdoor Resorts!!!!! This is on our never go back list. We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $95.00
Overall Rating:

The park is clean and well maintained but does not merit the price of $95 per night. It is good but not outstanding. I expected to be staying in Santa Barbara as that is how their address is listed. The real address is in Goleta which is more than 20 miles from Santa Barbara downtown. The swimming pool and spa were nice but had so many children in both that it was impossible to enjoy using them. There is adult only time from 9:00 to 10:00 at night. I would have liked it more if there was more adult only time in the pool and spa. Also, the beach was too far to walk to. We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $95.00
Overall Rating:

This is a lovely campground, close to Santa Barbara. It is overpriced for what they have to offer, but presumably that is due to the location. It is close to the freeway so somewhat noisy, and there are LOTS of kids on the weekends using the pool. They also allow tent camping, so there are a lot of young people who are loud and partying, and they do not monitor the noise. When we were there, we were unable to use the pool or the hot tub because there were several young men playing games in the pool. Several people complained but nothing was done. That being said, if you stay at a time off-season, perhaps it would be quieter. It is a pretty campground. We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Motorhome.

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