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Refugio State Park and Beach

Goleta, CA
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Goleta, CA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Being from Oregon, we were shocked to find out that California State Parks charge $45/night for RV parking. That includes no hookups and pay showers! That's about $20/night more than Oregon State Parks. The beach is great and the surfers and sup enthusiasts were enjoying...More

Thank Ron S
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Day use is available but there are many campsites for RVs. Mostly, the sites ave good views and privacy unlike so many other state beach parks. Hard to get into if you don't have a reservation.

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We stopped to pass time and take a break from driving. $10 day pass was purchased at the entrance booth. Campground was full and large numbers of families were there. Bathrooms needed some cleaning on this Sunday afternoon. But, while loved the location (we are...More

Thank Dials
Reviewed 18 October 2017

I visited last week for the first time since I moved to Goleta. The scenery is breathtaking and its something a picture won't do justice for.

Thank HiWi T
Reviewed 6 September 2017

To bad this campground is not kept up. Bathrooms were always filthy during our three night stay. Campsites are super tight and people fill them to the max capacity. We rolled in from a very clean campsite to what felt like a scene from Mad...More

Thank sethos1
Reviewed 19 August 2017

This beach is so peaceful and beautiful. UCSB students rarely come here and it is usually almost empty. Come for the sunsets, they are breathtaking.

Thank Sarah E
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Have been going to Refugio for years. Shame on the State of CA for this dilapidated campground with filthy bathrooms. Seems like every other year place is overflowing with "fat" ground squirrels. Got into our vehicle engine--chewed wires and left footprints and droppings all over...More

Thank pedalp0wer
Reviewed 21 June 2017

It`s special to be able to drive right to the ocean and set up a campsite, fix your own meals and walk on the beach and swim in the water all in a moment. This is well maintained, very popular and reservations are essential.

Thank BlakievanHemert
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We spent today, Memorial Day at Refugio Beach. Arrive early to get good parking! We arrived at 8:45 AM and there was still plenty of parking and 2 close picnic tables for us. We brought our own double kayaks and saw dolphins, 2 sea otters...More

1  Thank CarolNeumann
Reviewed 25 May 2017

During our last day at this campground we woke up to having my husband's bike stolen even thought it was locked up, they used bolt cutters to cut the lock. The campground patrol said that late at night people will come and steal outside generators...More

Thank Juana K
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Kellyjo D
4 June 2016|
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Response from kimibean | Reviewed this property |
In the past there have been Jr. ranger programs at El Capitan State beach which is just 2 miles away. They have met on wed am and there is always an educational program (called a "campfire") on sat evenings. Look at the... More
24 September 2015|
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Response from Camarillodan | Reviewed this property |
You should not have a problem. Depending on the spot you may need to unhook and park your truck next to your rig. Good luck!
Doris A. S
25 June 2015|
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Response from czech2011 | Reviewed this property |
due 2 recent oil spill u need 2 contact reserve America 2 get current info. highly doubt