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Refugio State Park and Beach

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Address: Goleta, CA
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Refugio State Beach Kayak Tour

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Beautiful, natural, & minor oil drops around the beach

There is a life guard and a small market selling hot dogs and other items. It is basically a camp ground with day access allowed at a cost of $10.00. The beach is pretty and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2016
JoeA336
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Norwalk, California
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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My dad began taking my brothers and me camping here around 1979. It was always a great way to start the weekend. I now take my kids. Hint: If you like less noise, take a left at the fork when you enter the site area. The right has day use and the store and sites are not quite as nice.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beach appears to be great for families but unfortunately there are some issues that are not good. Firstly I believe over a year ago there was an oil spill off the coast. We went for a walk along the beach 2 days in a row only to find tar imbedded in our feet which is not what you want... More 

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Norwalk, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

There is a life guard and a small market selling hot dogs and other items. It is basically a camp ground with day access allowed at a cost of $10.00. The beach is pretty and natural. There are various oil spots so you have to watch your step; even then you will have oil on your sandals or feet.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Well, we got there kinda of late as the beach closes at sundown. There are a bunch of surfers who go to this beach so this was fun to watch. The main reason to come is the beautiful rocks that surround the beach. The water is a little rough and cold but that can be expected. What was the coolest... More 

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Warren, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

Stopped here for the sights. $10 to park as long as you like. There is RV parking as well. Best of both worlds with mountains in the background, mountains on the ocean horizon, huge palm trees, surfable waves, and sea birds.

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

Been coming here for years. The only things that seem to change (besides the weather) are the campers. A constant flow of people into and out of the campsites. The campsites are roomy but your neighbors will be close by. No hookups, but water is available at faucets. Flush toilets and pay showers are available but don't be too picky.... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

Enjoy this park immensely. The proximity of the campsites to the beach is a plus. It is always busy and can get a little crowded. It is a perfect place to unwind.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Can't get any closer to the water! It is a bit crowded, but typical camping layout. The group site is awesome, but tough to book.

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Nipomo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Very nice beach, small and great for the kids. The surf is usually mild, so it makes for a great time in the surf. A very family oriented beach.

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Goleta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Refugio State Park and Beach is one of the most scenic and easily accessible beaches in Santa Barbara County. It is indeed a refuge from heavy surf and waves due to the cove which is formed by the rocks. This is similar is some respects to the more famous La Jolla Cove in San Diego. Refugio has been my go-to... More 

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