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Refugio State Beach, Goleta

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Refugio State Beach is a protected state beach park located west of Santa Barbara, California. It is west of El Capitán State Beach. During the summer months, the Junior Life Guard program resides at the beach during the day.The Refugio oil spill occurred just north of park in 2015 when a pipeline ruptured. The spill went into a culvert that ran under the U.S. 101, and into the ocean. The spill spread over 7miles including this park and El Capitán State Beach. The parks were closed during the clean-up including the typically busy Memorial Day Weekend.
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  • 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 Park...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • The beach is nice it's easy access and well frequented. Of course, in a way, is off the main routes of the California beaches, but is very close to Santa Barbara, so if you're in the mood.
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  • This was a nice area but the way they situated the group camp site is bad. Your in between RVs that I think are regulars. We been approach by rangers because the dogs were barking at night which was so untrue. They've been inside the tent and if they were barking it would be us who would be complaining first. The point is they seem to be a bit unfair since the one complaining is a regular RV campers. In fact the owner of this RV came towards our area at around 8:30 AM with her dog and so obviously my dog would bark, and had the nerve to tell us"your dog should not be barking it's too early in the morning". Seriously, I wanted to respond to her but it does not seem everything is right in her mind. What does she expect from a dog when they see another dog? Bottom line if your idea of camping is whispering in the wilderness and not talking and your dogs do not bark this is your site. Do not come here if you do not want to be discriminated just because you have a happy family.
  • Great beach just gets very crowded in the summer and need to reserve 6 months ahead if you want to camp
  • Not a good place to camp if in an rv. No generator use between 8pm and 10am. Bathrooms also in rough shape. Definitely a fun place to stop during the day but would rather stay in the pismo beach area or Ventura. Buke trail goes 3 miles to El Capitan State Park.
  • be aware only half the camp ground is open, I had a reservation thought Reserve California, I was not notified of the closer and was turned away at the gate. nothing like driving 3 hours with 7 kids just to get turned away. but other then that its an awesome beach!!
  • Love it out there!! Took a walk on the beach. Campsites are nice. Be careful for the birds cuz they will fly away with your food. :-). Wonderful place to camp right on the beach.

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