Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Refugio State Beach

Refugio State Beach camping offers excellent coastal fishing as well as trails and picnic sites. Palm trees planted near Refugio Creek give a distinctive look to the beach and camping area. Lifeguards patrol the beach year around while lifeguard towers are only staffed roughly from Memorial day weekend through Labor day weekend. Beach wheelchairs are available for use by the public at no cost. With this specially designed chair, wheelchair users may access the beach at several locations. Contact a ranger or lifeguard for additional information.

Reservation Info
Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.
Drive In
Walk In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Refugio State Beach is located in California
34.463 N
-120.072 W
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13 Reviews of Refugio State Beach
Love it

Love the beach very nice and clean

What a sight

Refugio is beautiful. Quiet, clean and very close walk to the beach, this camping spot has almost everything. We camped here on a Monday-Wednesday and the store on location is only open on the weekends, so thank goodness we brought everything we needed, otherwise you’re no where close to a store.

Beach is nice

It's a nice campground with a little store. As with all Santa Barbara county, coastal campgrounds there is little shade. This is a campground for surfers! If you surf this is where you want to be. Coin operated showers, nice bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers. This is a very accessible campground with great views. Just a ton of wind.

Lovely Campsite

Nice campsite right on the beach with a little point break surf spot just at the end of the cove. Came down here to surf Rincon and ended up surfing this little point for most of the trip.

The site was pretty nice, but boy can it get windy! In the middle of the night our tent got completely blown over with us in it! More funny than anything else, but a little maddening in the middle of the night.

Central Coast Camping - Beckons a VW Van

Low key but nice beach side campground along California’s Central Coast. Not to far from Santa Barbara. A bit of a surfers paradise because of some of the spots not far from the campsite.

The most beautiful

Lovely campground near beach.

Beachfront camping

If you're tent camping, try to get a site far from the RV-dominated area. That will ensure more peace and quiet where you can hear the waves (and not annoying generators). There are some really epic beachfront sites- you just kinda live at the beach. Sadly, this area was seriously impacted by an oil spill a few years back. The water seems to be okay for swimming/surfing, but you'll definitely end up with globs of tar stuck to you. Take some baby oil to help get the tar out and don't wear any swimsuit/trunks you dont want stained. That said, it is still a really beautiful place to spend some quality beach time and seems to have recovered somewhat since the oil spill.

Very clean campground, listening to the waves at night was nice.

Campground separate from the day use area of the park. Had a store and grill. Not much in the way of hiking trails, but can stroll along the beach quite a ways

By the beach

My family & I went camping here many years ago. We heard the waves & I even ran into a baby seal on the beach. It was a nice place to camp.

Directly on the beach

Very full, stopped early morning with no reservation but since I’m disabled they had a handicap site still open. Showers were coin operated, camp store had essentials, showers were filthy but that seemed normal for the beach campgrounds we stopped in. Good for one night stay in teardrop camper. Sites were flat, nice shade tree, playground, and of course the beach was awesome.