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Reservation Status: Accepted Campground reservations can be made online or by calling (800) 444-7275.

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The beach at Refugio SB
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The beach at Refugio SB
Description - Palm trees planted near Refugio Creek give a distinctive look to the beach and camping area. Refugio State Beach offers excellent coastal fishing as well as trails and picnic sites.

Attractions - Palm trees planted near Refugio Creek give a distinctive look to the beach and camping area.

Recreation - Refugio State Beach offers excellent coastal fishing as well as trails and picnic sites. Refugio State Beach offers excellent coastal fishing as well as trails and picnic sites.

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 23 miles northwest of Santa Barbara on Highway 101.

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Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Refugio Beach is the best family camping spot for beach camping. I have been going to Refugio since my childhood and cannot get enought of it. There is a lot to do there including bike trails along the coast, tide pools that go on for a long stretch, great for surfing or boogie boarding, and great for children to play all day on the beach. The group camp site is great to stay with friends or individual sites. The only negative is not being able to let my dog on the beach. Refugio is the absolute best!

Filed By: QT
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We camp here every year and we have loved it each time we came. The trains do come thur at night but after awhile you get used to the noise, but other then that it's a great place to camp. We enjoy seeing the dolphins in the early morning and the sunsets are really pretty. We've met some really nice people from all over. We didn't get to camp this summer but we are going to going there in a few weeks once everyone goes back to school, we also stayed in late oct and had a really great time the weather was great.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Refugio is a beautiful beach for day use only. We were going to camp for 3 days but, there are train tracks that are next to the campsites. The trains are so terribly loud and and the screeching from the wheels are awful, we could not sleep they went thru 4 or 5 times during the night. We left early. Just for your info, do day use only.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Family sites and group site available.

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Contact Information:
Channel Coast District Headquaters, Gaviota Sector Office, #10 Refugio Beach Rd , Goleta, CA, 93117, Phone: 805-968-1033, Fax: 805-968-5195

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.

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


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