Refugio State Beach

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yalibrarian
San Antonio, TX305 contributions
Mar 2022
IMHO, the best of the three beaches along the Gaviota coast (Refugio, El Capitan, and Gaviota). Ten dollars entry (you can visit all three beaches in one day with one pass) and ample parking right near the beach. Clean restrooms. Very picturesque beach with only a little kelp (stay clear of the kelp flies). Head west along the beach to the rocky area and cliff for some more great pics. There's a nature hike right there, too, which has some nice vistas on top of the cliff. Very few people on the weekdays, which I love!
Written March 16, 2022
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Marie F
Bakersfield, CA2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Great camping ground site and beach area. The surfers were riding the waves on the far west side of the beach.

Reserved the campsite online no problems at all. You can camp on ground or RV. Please read their specifications if using an RV (length wise).

They also have Day passes available to purchase if you are not camping.

Camp hosts on site, also a little souvenir store open from 8am to 5pm (can also purchase: ice bags, bundles of wood logs, water bottles, chips and ice cream). They have coin operated showers if you need it while camping or to rinse off if went swimming.

Put your food away at night (seen a squirrel trying to get in someone’s tent. (They had their fire going that’s how I saw the shadow of the squirrel trying to get in).
Written August 20, 2021
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Robin V
Indiana674 contributions
Aug 2020
We stopped for a short stroll with out 24 year old son. The cost was $10 to enter. The beach park has several palm trees. The sand is soft and the beach is plenty wide enough. We were here on a Saturday morning and it was not very busy. With just a short walk we had the beach all to ourselves. We walked south for about one mile. We reached a point were the clift sticks out just into the ocean. My son and I climbed up on the point. While up there we saw a seal stick his head up out of the kelp forest. so cool!!! There is a store here but it was closed due to COVID. This would be a very nice beach to come spend the day at.
Written September 2, 2020
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Morgan D
1 contribution
Jun 2020
I am very disappointing in our stay at this camp ground. I was there with my family this week celebrating Fathers Day. We decided to go for a beach walk but missed the " no dogs on beach" sign. I will admit this was our fault. We should have known to check the camp ground rules before we assumed. This (to me) seems to be a silly rule to begin with. With that being said, while walking back to our campsite we were approached by a so called "Peace Officer" wearing a bullet proof vest with a gun on his hip. He immediately was very intense with us about our dog being on the beach and acted like we were criminals. Never in my life have I been approached so aggressively by an officer like this. He was mean, aggressive and did not give us a chance to explain ourselves before he erupted into a an unwarranted and down right rude lecture. We were polite a cooperated with him the entire time while he treated us like we were about to be arrested. We were at a family camp ground and he made us feel like were at a prison camp, just for having our dog on the beach. A warning would have been fine. We didn't need the power trip lecture. There is no need for this type of interaction at a camp ground. We will not be back.
Written June 26, 2020
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TMS
Portland, OR57 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Beaches were quite rocky for some time, but this visit seemed to have far more sandy beach area. Yay. A beautiful spot to visit/camp.
Written February 16, 2020
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stpats5
Solana Beach, CA5 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
So we typically camp at Carpinteria but thought we’d stop for a visit to Refugio. The beach, parking lot and bathrooms were filthy. Won’t be back.
Written February 12, 2020
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awaywegoto
Shelbyville, KY162 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We stayed in Goleta and visited as many beaches as possible. This was a fave of ours. The beaches of southern California are all beautiful but this one is a delight
Written February 2, 2020
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sonia g
Las Vegas, NV17 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
I enjoyed the scenery, however there is a rat issue here. We o ly stayed one night and upon packing up the tent our tarp was covered in feces. We had to throw the tarp out. I have camped in a lot of different places and this was a first for me. Needless to say I wont camp here again.
Written October 1, 2019
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Jon B
2 contributions
Aug 2019
I’ve been staying here for over 55 years. It is a lovely experience for the kids and they seem to cherish the time enough to bring their own kids back. T is very difficult to get a reservation as the booking site slows down to a crawl at the precise time it opens. At least they have broken up the reservations to six months in advance ( now to the day). It’s a start but without mire capacity, it’s frustrating trying most times in vain to get a campsite. Gone are the days of first come, first served. It is common experience for summer month reservations to book up the ENTIRE beach, in the first 7 seconds of the booking day. That means from their start at 8:00:00 to 8:00:07. If you didn’t get the campsite you put in for, chances all the other sites are gone by the time you recheck them. Best of luck to you as you’re going to need it. If their is a trick, I haven’t found it yet. Beach is a 4 out of 5, booking is a 1 out of 5.
Written September 14, 2019
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Chris W
9 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
We have been coming here for years and this is the first time we have seen anything like this. This campground is being over run with squirrels, gophers, ants and yes RATS. We saw several dead rats and the tree in my campsite was infested with them. Had a problem with the Rangers who informed me that the rats and ants have “just as much right to be here as you do”. I don’t know what is going on, but I don’t think the rats are paying the site fees and the salaries for the crazy Rangers who almost threw me and my family out of the park. Same with the camp hosts. Rude. The beaches were fine, except all the kelp beds are gone this year because of the sea urchins. Someone needs to remind these people who they work for. This place is going to the Rats... literally. Same with El Capitan.
Written August 29, 2019
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