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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 November 22, 2015
Long Beach, California

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Bakersfield, California
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In reading some of the recent reviews, just wanted to clarify. There are no hook ups and no dump station. There is an area to fill your water tanks on your rig, and the nearest dump station is about 10 miles in Goleta. Generators are welcome, but only during certain hours. Hope this is helpful.

Thank kimibean
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We camped there the week after Christmas. This time of year there were plenty of spaces and we did not have reservations but reservations are required from early spring to late November. Pet friendly but no dogs on the sand, however leashed dogs seem to be allowed on the trails above the sand. We stayed in a 24 foot C... More 

Thank KMTP2
Long Beach, California
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14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

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 October 26, 2015

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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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

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 

2 Thank Jim H
Salt Lake City, Utah
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70 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 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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34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 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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152 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 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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57 reviews
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 

2 Thank Ally B
Corpus Christi, Texas
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79 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 

2 Thank Katrina M

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