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11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117-9789
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#3 of 19 Specialty lodging in Santa Barbara
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11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117-9789
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Liz J wrote a review Nov 6
Los Angeles, California6 contributions3 helpful votes
The team at El Capitan helped make my surprise Birthday get-away for my husband a huge success, and all during COVID!! We wanted to gather a few friends in a safe, COVID friendly way to celebrate - and our stay at El Capitan was the perfect solution! We all had our own cabins to retreat to and then could gather safely around the camp fire in the evenings. During the day, we took hikes, some zoom schooled from the cabins, and others just relaxed in the peaceful surroundings on their cabin deck, reading books, etc. The walk to the beach was beautiful! The food at the deli/market is a great easy option if you don't want to bring your own food. One evening we had the tacos from the taco truck on site - delicious! Thank you to Jeff in group sales for helping me organize a few friends for this special get-away! We all highly recommend El Capitan as a way to safely gather during COVID - their team is working hard to make sure the guests feel safe and relaxed on site! THANK YOU!
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Responded 6 days ago
Hello Liz, Thank you for the positive review. We appreciate it when our guest take time out to leave a note about us. We're glad you experienced the friendly atmosphere, peaceful surroundings the beach and helpful staff. amenities. We hope to see you again soon! Safe Travels.
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Nancy wrote a review Sep 2020
Stockbridge, Massachusetts7 contributions1 helpful vote
Fun place to go especially during Covid. Barely anyone there. Felt like we had the place to ourselves. Relaxing. Glamping at its best. Cozy cabins. Comfy beds. Kitchen and bathroom super small. Nearby beach is great. Lots of critters at night. Raccoons stole our food right in front of us. They’re fearless and harmless. Some loud animal (owl?) kept us up in the middle of the night. Gets cold at night. Cook everything outside on the fire. Not a lot to do. Hike to see llamas and sheep and goats. But good place to relax and unwind.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
LApuplover wrote a review Aug 2020
Los Angeles, California382 contributions144 helpful votes
I thought we’d be staying in an expensive overpriced dumpy cabin in the woods but we were pleasantly surprised. Super clean cabin. We stayed in a Corral Loft, which had a 3/4 size refrigerator and a nice larger living area. They did provide paper towels, a sponge, and tiny travel size toiletries and dishwashing liquid. Small instant coffee maker provided with three pods. The loft stairs are a little hairy for under 3 1/2 years old kids, but you just have to watch them carefully if they are younger. Once the kids are up in the loft, it is very safe. There is no way the rail could fall, and the slats are spaced narrow enough that our 18 month old baby could not fall through. We thought the loft would get too hot so we brought a portable fan, which kept the loft nice and cool. Three loft mattresses provided. Loft mattresses are coil, and probably not super comfortable for an adult, but we lucked out and had one foam mattress too. Our friends next door only had three cool matresses. Ceiling fans are in bedroom and living room. Be prepared to wake up early if you are light sensitive because the A-frame lets in natural morning light. Lots of birds chirping, foxes at night, and lots of small annoying flies and swarming bees if you have meat out... I believe these are yellow jackets though that really only want the meat. Great stay, very clean and quiet. Don’t forget a picnic tablecloth (there was fox and bird poop on ours)! Mosquitos and biting bugs did not seem to be too prevalent although two people in our party did get bit. Approximately a 10-15 Hike uphill to a llama/goat farm, where they provide free hay to feed the animals. Highly recommend this glamping location!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
taryn k wrote a review Apr 2020
San Diego, California94 contributions29 helpful votes
We've been going to El Capitan with friends the last couple summers and we love it. We have reservations for this August as well, hopefully we'll be able to keep them with the current Covid19 issue. It's definitely not glamorous, but the cabins are perfectly comfortable. The kids love running around and playing games out on the green belt. The pool is very basic, but the kids like it. The Saturday bbq is very good as is the cafe.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Kevin G wrote a review Apr 2020
Pomona, California33 contributions25 helpful votes
The best part of the trip was the care of social distancing being practiced by the campground. Great spacing, distance drive thru check in, cabin not occupied for at least three days prior. We were reassured that we would still be able to be safe. Regardless, a great place to visit anytime. Serene, quiet, great amenities when needed and just an awesome opportunity to get away anytime of the year.
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Date of stay: April 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Capitan Canyon
Which popular attractions are close to El Capitan Canyon?
Nearby attractions include El Capitan State Beach (0.4 miles) and Refugio State Park and Beach (2.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at El Capitan Canyon?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at El Capitan Canyon?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at El Capitan Canyon?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at El Capitan Canyon?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to El Capitan Canyon?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Rancho La Patera & Stow House (9.7 miles).