We spent two nights here. Maybe because there are no hookups, I would estimate that this park was 90% tent campers. They did not appear to be enforcing the 8 campers per site rule when we were there. The beach is rocky and the water was a murky brown color. It was not inviting for a swim or even to sit and look at. Campfires and BBQs were going most of the time. Both AT&T & Verizon connections were spotty. We will not stay here again especially at the current state park rates. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful park right on the ocean. It is also near the highway and the train tracks, so as others have stated it can be noisy. Premium sites (by the day use area and at the end of each row near the ocean) are $45/night. Some sites are tight, and others can fit two rigs easily in them. Generator run times are a little strange and for the most part they were observed by all (10am to 8pm only), but some had noisy generators start at off times and were not enforced by the hosts. Making changes to your site or days is a mess as they have no access to the ReserveAmerica site. They tell you to pay to cancel your reservation and book one day at a time (the reason I gave them an 8). Maybe it's just the state, but they seemed really inflexible especially at this time of year. Overall was a great stay, nice beach walking and bike ride to El Capitan (path is washed out 1/2 way, but you can go to the beach). We will be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The campground is nice, but the rules aren't enforced. Dogs that barked all day long. Cars parked in places that they shouldn't, like on the grass at the bike and camp area. Showers were clean but no hot water. We will come back again because we enjoy camping here. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This state park campground is right by the ocean. Unfortunately it's also right by Highway 101, so the traffic noise and train noise was loud all night (even with ear plugs). The sites have fire pits, picnic tables, grass and trees. Most of them looked level and were large widthwise, but not always lengthwise. A newer bathhouse was cleaner and nicer than an older one, but overall neither was as clean as the one we used at San Simeon (and that was a Saturday night as opposed to a Wednesday, go figure). There were a lot of tent campers. The park only allows generators between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., which makes preparing breakfast difficult. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The beach here is beautiful. If you are lucky enough to get a spot (they book up 6 months in advance), enjoy the ocean. The sites are nothing exciting, very old pavement, more like gravel and no hookups, dump station, etc. There is a great bike path that goes from Refugio State Park to El Capitan State Park about 2.5 miles away that has beautiful views. We camped here in a Motorhome.