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Refugio State Beach
between Gaviota and El Capitan
Web site: parks.ca.gov
This is one amazing little campground and beach. It has palm trees planted along the coast and it offers a unique and intimate feeling that you don't normally get at a state campground.
In part that's because many of the campers here are tent campers, because there are no hookups here. It is smaller than El Capitan, which is just 2.5 miles to the east. With just 85 sites, all within 200 yards of the beach, you are almost guaranteed a better than average view of the ocean.
Amenities include swimming, excellent fishing, volleyball, a seasonal general store, and a bike trail that connects with El Capitan. You are about a half hour from both Santa Barbara and Buellton.
Directions: Take the 101 north of the city. Drive until you see the Refugio State Beach Signs. Follow them to the park.