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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 bubblesReviewed July 10, 2016
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Norwalk, California
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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

Unfortunately our camping space was about as far north as we could have received, and it had a huge amount of freeway noise. Aside from normal highway noise, the 101 in the area next to the park has a steep downhill, so lots of trucks use engine braking. You can still hear the freeway in the spots near the beach,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

You have to make reservations 7 months in advance but it's worth it. It's located about 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara so if you want to eat out other than at the camp site, it's doable. The beach is more like a cove. It was pretty empty when we went because most kids are in school by Labor Day.... More 

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Avon, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Met a friend and went diving on the reef off of Refugio State Park. Water was cold but the Kelp forest was fantastic and reef was great for wildlife. A great place to go diving.

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Thank Scott S
granada hills, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

This is my favorite camp ground. I just feel relaxed there. Its small and never crowded even if the grounds are full. My little piece of Maui in Cali.

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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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