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El Capitan Canyon

11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
Katie F Redondo Beach, California
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Redondo Beach, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This resort is definitely not a true "roughing it" camping experience, so if you are looking for that, this isn't the place. If you want time in nature, away from the day to day - this is a great spot! We booked a King creek side cabin for our long weekend and it was perfect for a family of 4.... More

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Redondo Beach, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

"Glamped" near a lovely state park beach and enjoyed our comfortable cabin, cooking out with little planning and less hassle with a BBQ "kit" that included firemaking equipment and cooking utensils.Campsite had a lovely wooded view and the air smelled sweet!

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Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As someone who is very eco aware I was so disappointed that the cafe served all food on throw away plates with plastic cutlery. It is my major complaint with our whole trip to Los Angeles and the surrounding area that there is zero awareness of recycling. That said we did enjoy our night at El Capitan staying in a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent three days at El Capitan the first two in a safari tent and the third in a Yurt! The campsite itself is spread over quite a large area, the intention being that you park the car and then walk everywhere. However it was quite a trek from our accommodation to the shop - we cheated and drove from... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed with the family for one night. Had a double tent with a cabin next door. Ideal setup, kids in tent, mom and dad in cabin with bathroom! The market was awesome with local wines and a great breakfast. Had the tri tip dinner delivered as well which was very good. Made the 10+ minute walk to the state beach... More

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Austin, Texas
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79 reviews 79 reviews
21 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Woo hoo! When you cannot lug the tent and all the gear by plane, this is the way to go. We had a desert safari tent that was just perfect - two double beds with white sheets (go figure!), comfy mattresses, and wooden floors. We had a fire pit and a picnic table and were set to go. We were... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Our family is quite large so we needed space where at least all of us can be comfortable without paying a huge sum of money. So we decided to explore and stay at El Capitan Canyon. At first it didn't look so impressive. The cabins are nicely put together with choices of a cabin that can fit two families or... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Our family of four went to El Capitan Canyon to enjoy some time together before the kids' summer activities started. It was a fun destination for our short stay. We got a creek side cabin with a queen bed and a loft. I had planned to get a canyon side cabin but none were available. The creek side was more... More

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86 reviews 86 reviews
13 hotel reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I visited El Capitan Canyon about 6 years ago when my daughter graduated sixth grade with a large group of other parents and their children. It was a wonderful experience. I recently visited again with a friend of mine, this time without any kids. Upon arrival, there was a concert going on with about 300 moms, dads, and kids dancing,... More

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Enjoyed two weekday nights in the safari tents.... Really loved our stay. I heard the weekends are super busy which might have changed our experience. Monday and Tuesday night we had neighbors but luckily the pretty large camp (over a mile long) was not full. The cabins and tents are pretty close together. The safari tents are very comfortable and... More

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Address: 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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