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Refugio State Park and Beach

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Address: Goleta, CA
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Pretty beach, quiet. Worth a stroll. No dogs allowed,bummer......

I didn't like the rocks you have to walk and stumble through to get to the beach...after walking my dog on the beach, I saw a sign that said no dogs.. I personally think dogs... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We didn't camp but visited the picnic area. A great place to bring friends for a day of grilling out on the beach, kayaking and walking along the picturesque rocks! Nice restrooms on property big shade trees and it wasn't too busy. Most definitely would return.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We were in site 28 at the campground…….nothing like the ambience of a freight train running through your campsite (including one at 2am on Friday night!). Yikes! The sites are relatively close together -- but you are at the beach. I think we'll try another location next time. We saw a lot of families and kids and had a nice... More 

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yucaipa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

spent $55.00 4 "prime spot" could see the ocean but dead grass and some shade. primitive sites. no hook ups or water at sites. pay showers really? friendly people quiet campground. 2 expensive 4 what they offer

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I didn't like the rocks you have to walk and stumble through to get to the beach...after walking my dog on the beach, I saw a sign that said no dogs.. I personally think dogs, kids, and beaches go together, but I guess not everyone agrees with me. There is an informative shelter that tells the story of the Spaniard... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This state park along with El Capitan are only 10-15 minutes north of the Bacara. Both parks are fun to visit, and you can walk/ride bikes the 3 mile path between them both for a fun family adventure. Saturday nights during the summer El Capitan Canyon has great outdoor concerts.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

Came here with some friends who come here often. Amazing silken sand on which to walk. Less than amazing tar to stick to your feet. Rubs off.

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The sand is soft and light colored, and the rocks make for a scenic beach. I understand that there are naturally occurring tar deposits on the beach. I never saw the tar, but had to spend 30 minutes scrubbing the soles of my shoes with baby oil to get it off.

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

Refugio Beach State Park is at a spectacular setting with palm springs, gentle breezes, and is in my opinion a little bit of paradise along the Pacific Ocean. Today it was just a delightful visit. We have camped here for Thanksgiving before and had a good time. Its a wonderful beach to walk and explore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

...of my life; beautiful. Unexpected. If you camp, you'll fall asleep to the waves crashing on the beach (camp site not on water-do your research for that). A smaller, kinder version of big sur, being a full 5 hours closer to la (one hour drive).

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The washrooms need a fire hose taken to it as do the showers... with some bleach DAILY! The pit for the water tap stinks... just stinks..... The store has outrageously priced everything,5 dollars for ice is obscene.... therefore 45 dollars a night was a bit overkill....The people that work here are absolutely wonderful..... the site (19) was terrific, a bit... More 

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Address: Goleta, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta

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