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Coastal view of El Capitan State Beach
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Coastal view of El Capitan State Beach
Description - El Capitán State Beach offers visitors a sandy beach, rocky tidepools, and stands of sycamore and oaks along El Capitán Creek.

Attractions - El Capitán State Beach offers visitors a sandy beach, rocky tidepools, and stands of sycamore and oaks along El Capitán Creek.

Recreation - Its a perfect setting for swimming, fishing, surfing, picnicking and camping. A stairway provides access from the bluffs to the beach area. A bike trail connects the park with Refugio State Beach, 2.5 miles away.

Climate - Climate in the Central Coast varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.

Location - The beach is located off Highway 101 seventeen miles west of Santa Barbara.


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Filed By: nichole (bakersfield, ca)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This campsite is wonderful I have been going here every summer of my life. My 84 year old nana to my 1 year old cousin have loved this campground. there is no other place like it. I reccomened watching the sun set at the beach.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: This is an excellent beach campground but it has some negatives. Here's a few: 1)You cannot reserve a particular campsite. You check-in & drive around to pick out the site you want. 2)Too many rookie campers who don't know the etiquettes of camping. 3)Restrooms were dirty.

Filed By: Pam (Mira Loma, Ca)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great campground! Beautiful beach and views! Clean facilities! We just returned home from our first vacation at this spot, and here I am online planning our next visit!

Filed By: Sandra (Upland, Ca)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful place.Family goes every year. Lots of dolphins to watch and seals. We had terrific weather this year.

Filed By: K.G. (ontario, ca)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: my mother started camping here about 50 years ago. she has brought her children,grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends here. she goes camping here at least three times a year(Christmas,Easter and summer) for at least a week at a time. we've tried different campgrounds but this one is the best by far. what a wonderful tradition my mother has started!

Filed By: Joe Robison (San Clemente , CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a wonderful place to camp, especially with kids. The temperature is perfect and the water is cool. The beach is the best part with good waves for older kids, and plenty of sand for the youngsters. The trail to refugio is beautiful and scenic, and not too diffucult for younger kids to enjoy. There are plenty of trees for shade from the sun, and the campsites are plentiful with lots of room. There are also multiple facilities to use such as an RV dump station, beach store, bathrooms, and showers. I highly recommend this campground if you can get a reservation.

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Contact Information:
Channel Coast District Headquaters, 1933 Cliff Drive, Suite 27 , Santa Barbara, CA, 93109, Phone: 805-899-1400, Fax: 805-899-1415

Additional Information:
California Beaches -
Central Coast State Parks and Beaches - The Central Coast Region, located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, features the Big Sur Coast and Hearst Castle as well as numerous state park sites.

Links:
California State Parks - Official agency website.
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com

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