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Refugio State Beach, Goleta

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State Park
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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TripAdvisor
  • The kind of beach you hope to find with few people and plenty of natural wonders for a beach scavenger hunt  more »
  • Skip this place and find another. From oil spill residue, decressed wildlife, overpricing, noise and wind, this is not a getaway, but a torture!!!!! The train screeching by at 2-4 am around the corner...  more »
  • The reef at the north end of the beach is filled with kelp beds and many varieties of colorful fish. Great shallow dive spot for snorkeling beginners. Fantastic beach access with sandy beach and tower...  more »
Google
  • Cool place to park your car right next to the beach and hangout. A lot of surfers while I was here on a Sunday. 10 bucks for day use, or pass. 45 a night for camping. Bathrooms were adequate
  • First time here. Amazing view, beautiful weather and great company. Can't spend a four day weekend better in any way! Definitely come back here again.
  • Stayed three nights in late spring. Chill atmosphere by the sea. Campsites are a little cramped, but everyone was quiet and thoughtful. I heard from others that the group campsite is fantastic. Staff, when we saw them, were laid back and friendly. There is an occasional night train that passes very close by, and breaks for what seems like a full minute. We were woken by it once. If you stay here, try to get a site as far from the tracks as possible!
  • Camp sites are super awesome. I love the sights here, and the weather here is great.
  • Not bad… Decent beach… They have food. They have showers and decent bathrooms actually a pretty good deal at $45 a night… Day use is $10 and if you really want to get a camping spot and you don't have a reservation and you better get there by 10 AM