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Phone Number: 805-968-1033
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Weekend camping at El Capitan State Beach, CA

There are several camping beaches within a few miles of El Capitan State Beach. This is by far the nicest, quietest and has the best camping sites. There are sites for RV's but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Long Beach, California

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are several camping beaches within a few miles of El Capitan State Beach. This is by far the nicest, quietest and has the best camping sites. There are sites for RV's but you would have to check to see if generators are allowed. I didn't hear any. El Capitan is a rocky beach with coastal cliffs and enough sandy... More 

Thank J S
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22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The E; Capitan State Beach Campsite is in a beautiful area of the Pacific Coastline, just North of Santa Barbara. The site has good amenities including coin operated showers with hot water. While listed at 2 mins for 25c I'm sure it went longer. The sites are a good size and there are lots of trees for shade. One downside... More 

Thank Yorkie8
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

With the water restrictions we were concerned that they'd limit things like showers (they didn't $0.25 for two minutes still). While we were there the sites were all getting new fire rings and new picnic tables (bigger than the old ones that were there when we got there!). It was curious that the workers putting them in were wearing Pacific... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The oil spill presented no problem while we visited El Capitan Beach but baby oil removes any tar you encounter. The campsites here are very hard to reserve due to the lottery system. Family members who wanted to join us last minute were able to rent cabins across the highway at El Capitan Canyon ($250/night glamping). You can drive to... More 

Thank Lyn84321
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31 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We just stayed mid-week at El Capitan State Beach and had a great time biking and enjoying the beach. We had site 35, which had good reviews. It was certainly private as far as being next to your neighbor, but the site was right next to the road. There was a lot of land between our site and the next... More 

1 Thank Tasiadoo
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134 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We had a birthday weekend here and couldn't have had a better time! The beach is beautiful, the nearby campground is perfect - with YURTS!! - in a wooded setting and with small cabin type abodes or tents to rent, gorgeous picnic tables, and live music on Saturday nights during the summer. We set up at a few of the... More 

1 Thank HBWillsy
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This was my second visit and while I didn't get the spot I wanted, it was still a great place to camp on our road trip up the coast of California. There are a lot of spots, some overlooking the ocean, but the other sites are very nice too and the beach is a very close walk. There is running... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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80 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Maybe it's a California thing, but I could not believe that it was $45 per night for a primitive tent site with no water or electricity. I have never paid more than $15 for such accommodations in my life. BUT, it sure was beautiful! My boyfriend and I were driving PCH 1 from LA to San Francisco with vague plans... More 

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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We very much enjoyed our stay here. Two nights in non-view campsite. You get the best of both worlds, ocean and trees. Take time to walk the paths there is so much to see. Campsites we spaced nicely, some better than others. Beware there are skunks that live in the wooded area. We can't wait to visit again. Only down... More 

1 Thank Tomscat
Bakersfield, California
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36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

A jewel of the central coast State Park system, El Capitan is one of my favorite campgrounds. It is a large campground with several group sites as well. The campground is divided into loops, with each one having distinct characteristics. There are no hook ups and there is tent campers and rv campers interspersed in the park. There has been... More 

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