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Refugio State Beach, Goleta
(3.8/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
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.The photo at the right is a photo of El Capitan State Beach NOT Refugio State Beach h
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  • Nice campsites, clean restrooms, hot showers, no hook ups. Some folks would not like the trains as they run a few times a night - loud and close but ok. There is a odor issue with the sewage disposers...  more »
  • Unfortunately our camping space was about as far north as we could have received, and it had a huge amount of freeway noise. Aside from normal highway noise, the 101 in the area next to the park has a...  more »
  • You have to make reservations 7 months in advance but it's worth it. It's located about 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara so if you want to eat out other than at the camp site, it's doable. The beach ...  more »