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El Capitan State Beach

Address: CA
Phone Number: 805-968-1033
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Ranked #2,939 of 6,487 Activities in California
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Woodland Hills, CA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
42 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

This is one of our most favorite beaches to go to. The parking is easy and there are bathrooms and showers. In the summer there is even a snack shack available! At Lowtide it's really wonderful to take a walk as well. Make sure to bring tar remover because there is plenty on the beach. Just 10 minutes north of... More 

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Long Beach, California
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10 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Quiet and peaceful prior to Christmas. Three-fourths of campground closed during this slower time of year. First come-first serve on what was open. Stayed three nights. Arrived two nights prior to Christmas and got a very scenic spot up on the cliff. More folks rolled in on the night of the 25th. Campground hosts were friendly and not into micro-managing... More 

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San Diego, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

While the park is on the cliffs overlooking the ocean and is close to Santa Barbara, it is incredibly loud at night. The car noise from 101 is loud at night, two trains went by each night and there were planes flying over around 2:00 AM. Cold showers are included but you have to pay for warm. The park is... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

El Capitan State Beach is a pretty Pacific Ocean day use and campground in Goleta. We have gone several times; this time later in the day.

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Lake Elsinore, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We just tent camped at El Capitan 5 days. We used to camp here with the kids when they were younger about 10 years ago and loved it and hubby and I decided to come back after all the years on our own. The beach is awesome, the little store is well stocked and the camp sites are nice size,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We camped for two nights at El Capitan state beach for the first time in August. The beach was nice and not too crowded. I enjoyed the little store (the kids liked getting ice cream). I took along baby oil for the tar, but we didn't get any on our feet (we live in Santa Barbara and are quite used... More 

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Bakersfield, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This July we had a great camp night at El Capitan SB. The camp site overlooks the ocean. The beach is pretty nice and best part is that not so crowded like LA beaches. I heard about the tar thing, but were lucky enough to not to get it on us! :) The small town of Goleta 9 meals from... More 

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San Diego, California
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We were tent camping in a site well towards the back of the park, well back from the beach and closer to the railroad tracks and 101 Freeway. The site was a generous size and not too sloping so we were able to set up fairly comfortably. Despite the trees all around finding spots with morning shade was difficult. The... 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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