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El Capitan State Beach

CA
805-968-1033
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Ranked #2,413 of 4,845 attractions in California
Type: Beaches
Traveler Description: El Capitan State Beach is part of the California State park system and is located near Santa Barbara.  There are several very scenic ocean view sites... more »
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

We are staying at Santa Barbara and having a brilliant holiday over from the uk. We decided to try El Capitan beach. Having been charged $10 to park we walked to the beach which was a narrow and rocky strip. We assumed the tide was in. After walking a little way up the beach my son noticed he had tar... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Well, The view was nice, we got a camp spot in the reserve portion on the asphalt... No hookups and overcrowded from group sites. I was a little disappointed as my neighbors also we're being on asphalt. May have just camped at Walmart! No fire ring or spot, you can se where people lite fires on the asphalt, Don't do... More

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We have camped here over the weekend with a large group. Very nice place. Good place with family. bathrooms are reasonably clean. Showers are good. There is a small shop at the entrance to buy the basic things (costly).

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Long Beach, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Everyone we spoke to, I mean EVERYONE said how great El Capitan is for camping. Our son wanted to do a camping trip for his 10th birthday so we booked a group site, Ortega, and invited a handful of other families to join us. The site has an incredible ocean view to one side and directly (I mean DIRECTLY) to... More

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

The tar you encounter on the beaches in Ventura and Santa Barbara county is not from the offshore drilling. It is naturally occurring oil seep from within the channel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Nice tree cover, large sites, good toilets and showers, and you can hear the Pacific waves crashing at night. Yes, there is a highway nearby and a train track -- never a problem for us. Concerning tar on the beach, we found that the onsite store (if it's open) had a container of something strong and smelly you could use... More

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is one of my favorite places to camp in the State Park System. It is secluded and private with magnificent views of the Pacific in select camping sites. There is a large variety in the size and accessability of the sites, so really do your homework. I use Google earth to look at the area before I choose. Winter... More

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Stopped by this beach on a whim driving south on the coast. First of all, they charge you $10 to park. The beach is rather small and thin. When you walk down the beach there are small blobs in the sand that look like little black rocks. It turns out they are TAR- and they will accumulate on your feet... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Walking this beach restores the soul and watching the pod of dolphins play very near the beach was a special treat for us!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We have stayed at El Capitan State Beach for a week the last four years and this is one of the best beach campgrounds that we have stayed at. The only draw back is the proximity to Hwy 101 which can be noisy. We choose a camp site as far away as possible. Not going to tell you which is... More

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