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Refugio State Park and Beach

Goleta, CA
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Ranked #4 of 16 attractions in Goleta
Type: State Parks
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San Jose, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Didn't camp. Just a day trip. Beautiful views out into the ocean. I took a picture that could be the post card epitome of a southern California beach. The weather was nice, sun warming, breeze cooling and the water was a bit warmer than what I am used to which made it lovely. There is a general store which has... More

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Monterey, CA
5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We camped here in a motor home for one night in July in the middle of the week. We arrived in the late evening and it was quite warm still which was nice. The camp host greeted us at our campsite and we were all set. The campground was sold out and it was packed. Our site was #60 which... More

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Perris, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We stayed at Bouchard Group Site starting Friday, July 18th to Sunday July 20th. The grounds were nice and clean. There was some shade provided by trees. The beach was easily accessible by going down a slope or dirt steps. The beach is a rock/pebble beach, with limited sand areas. Though the pebbles being stirred by the waves hurt the... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The beach is pretty and unique- just a few things to be aware of before you camp! 1. It was full when we stayed which meant you were right on top of other campers, no privacy and lots of noise. 2. Try to get the campsites closest to the ocean so you can actually see it! The hike in camp... More

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Thousand Oaks, CA
11 reviews 11 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We camped at Refugio in July 2014 and had a great time. We were disappointed, however, to learn upon check-in that the March 2014 storms had wreaked quite a bit of havoc on the beach. It is now a rock beach, not a sandy beach, which was a bummer. That said, it is camping, and attitude is everything, so we... More

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Anaheim, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

nice outback camping, make sure you bring EVERYTHING you need they have ONE store one the campsite but its expensive. why no power plugs in the bathrooms? not even one anywhere? for the money come on some people need emergency recharge now an then of a cell phone. bring your bikes, cool trail to the south.

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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This was one of several sites we visited on out month-long tour of California and, unfortunately, by far the worst. The location is superb - you are right by the beach - but at a cost of $45 per night I was expecting a lot more. Our site was certainly large but not very pleasant. The worst part were the... More

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Simi Valley, California
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We stayed on campsite #31 during the week. Being mid-May the weather was perfect and the camp sites were not too crowded. It was an awesome stay! The Good Large campsite Shade Close to beach Clean bathrooms Shady palms on the beach Dolphins and whales provided great entertainment The Not So Good 1. The train tracks and fwy can be... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We stayed in Campsite #41 with our 24' motorhome for 2 nights (Saturday & Sunday) which was right next to the restrooms. Dry camping, no hook ups. It was a fairly large campsite with a table and fire pit. This particular site was level so it made setting up camp very easy. Firewood is available for purchase from the camp... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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31 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stayed at the Campsite for 3 nights and had such a good time. We were in space 27 which is an ocean view site, but it is next to the sewage pipes, so every so often you would get a good whiff. It is conveniently next to the bathrooms and showers and general store. If I had my choice,... More

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