Refugio State Beach Campground California

10 Refugio Beach Road
Goleta, California 93117
805 968-1033
Lat / Long:

34.4622, -120.07139

Refugio State Beach Campground has 66 campsites next to a beautiful beach about 20 miles up the coast of Santa Barbara.  Most of the campsites have ocean views and some are just steps from the beach.

Campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs (up to 30 feet).  The camping fee includes include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer.  Additional vehicles will be charged per night at the park. Each campsite also has a table, fire ring and grate.

Group and hike/bike campsites are also available. Group campsites include GANA (8 vehicles / 32 people), GYAN (8 vehicles / 32 people), and GBOC (25 vehicles / 80 people).

The campground has flush toilets, hot showers, a camp store and drinking water. Overflow parking is also available. There is not a dump station, WiFi or RV hookups at the campground. Cell service is also good in the area.

Refugio State Beach Area Recreation

Rufugio State Beach has a world-class beach, a charming creek, a pretty picnic area and a delightful day use area. Outdoor recreation is plentiful and includes sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, kayaking, beach combing, whale/wildlife viewing and tide pool exploration.

Two other California State Beach campgrounds in the area area El Capitan (142 campsites) and Carpinteria (216 campsites).

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Best Campsites

8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, 33, 34, 35, 37, 42, 45, 46, 52, 53, 60, 61, 62

Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • Group
  • Hike/Bike
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer

Year Round



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  • Amphitheater
  • BBQ Grills
  • Camp Store
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Cell Service - Good
  • Drinking Water
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Overflow Parking
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Rentals
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • Showers
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Beach Combing
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Creek
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Nature Trails
  • Ocean
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Skin Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Stargazing
  • Surf Fish
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tide Pools
  • Walking Trails
  • Water Sports
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

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Refugio State Beach Comments & Reviews

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17 Replies to “Refugio State Beach”

  1. Suzie Fraser Herrington says:

    This is the beach I remember as a child and young teenager! We loved this beach and came every year for many years! The pictures of it bring back some great memories!

  2. Joni Bernhardt says:

    I am a 60 year old woman. When I was between the ages of 5-10, my parents took me to Refugio, weekend after weekend. It is still my favorite beach in California. It is so pristine!

  3. I’m 55, going on 56. When I was 7 years old, my family moved to Refugio Beach. We lived there, 4 years. I played n the garage, and on the beach. My brother and I stopped there, just a year ago, June. It’s appeared to be more popular, than years prior. Wish, I could see inside the house.

  4. Lisa Santos says:

    I cannot tell from my reservation if campsite 4 allows an RV? Can you please let me know.

  5. hi. my van is 19.5 ft but a little over 20 with spare tire. ok in site #15?

  6. Jesus Tiznado says:

    What is the longest Rv allowed and what is the space number? Thank you in advance

    • Hi Jesus,
      The maximum trailer or RV length allowed at Refugio State Beach is 30 feet. You can click on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button to check availability, sizes of each site, pricing and make reservations.

  7. tallulah says:

    I have been going to Refugio since I was born. I would walk up and down the beach with my old friends and me and my dad would make burgers every night for a whole week defiantly my favorite

  8. I was wondering if there are hook-ups at this campground? If so, what are the space #’s? Thank you

  9. Angel L says:

    I was wondering if you can put more than one trailer on a standard (non-group) campsite, or a motorhome and a trailer?

    • Hi Angel,
      Three vehicles maximum are allowed per campsite at Refugio State Beach. Camping Fees include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer, additional vehicles will be charged per night at the park.

  10. Mary Rothert says:

    We have reservations for site 58. We have a 26’ fifth wheel. Do we have room for a additional tent?

    • Hi Mary,
      Your 26′ fifth wheel and towing vehicle will definitely fit in campsite #58 but I’m not sure if you’ll have room for a tent. You might be able to fit a smaller sized tent over by the fire ring and/or (perhaps) the rear of the site (if the neighbors behind you are okay with it).

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