El Capitan State Beach

Campsite:  EL CAPITAN STATE BEACH

Geographic Location:  WEST SANTA BARBARA

Type of Campground: STATE BEACH

Experience Level: GREAT FOR BEGINNERS AND FAMILIES

(All ratings are based on a 1-5 system. 1=Horrible 5=Amazing)

Pet Friendly:(4) YES – BUT NOT ALLOWED ON BEACH – BUT ARE OK ON TRAILS NEARBY

Family Friendly:(5) VERY – HAS ALL THE AMENITIES!

Cleanliness: (4) PARK EMPLOYEES MAKE THE ROUNDS QUITE OFTENCLEANING TRASH AND THE RESTROOMS MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY

Noise Level: (4) LOTS OF FAMILIES = LOTS OF KIDS = EARLY HOUR NOISE, AND YOU CAN HEAR THE BEACH- BUT WE FIND THAT SOOTHING

Restrooms: (4) FULL INDOOR RESTROOMS – WITH FLUSH TOILETS, SINKS AND MIRRORS. GENDER SEPARATE. NOT THE CLEANEST WE’VE SEEN – BUT NOT BAD.

Campsite Space: (4) OFTEN SURROUNDED BY NEIGHBORS, BUT IT’S A VERY LARGE CAMPGROUND – SO ENOUGH SPACE FOR LARGE TENTS OR MULTIPLE SMALL ONES.

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Fits Large Family Size Tent

Shade/Sun: (4) WELL SCATTERED SHADE IN MOST SITES FROM TREES

Ground: (4) DIRT & SAND- SOME SPOTS ARE FLAT SOME ARE HILLY

Bugs/Critters: (4) REGULAR BEACH BUGS – FLIES, BEES, SOME MOSQUITOES AT NIGHT – BUT THEY ARE MINIMAL.

Amenities:

  • MENS & WOMENS SEPARATED RESTROOMS WITH FLUSH TOILETS, SINKS AND INDIVIDUAL STALLS WITHIN. 
  • INDIVIDUAL PAY SHOWERS (COINS OR TOKENS)
  • WATER SPIGOTS THROUGHOUT CAMPGROUND
  • TALL FIRE PITS WITH GRILLS CHAINED ON
  • WOODEN PICNIC BENCHES
  • TREES FOR SHADE
  • FIREWOOD AVAILABLE FROM CAMP HOSTS
  • PAVED ROADS AND TRAILS TO BEACH ACCESS
  • BIKING IS VERY POPULAR WITH PAVED ROADS AND TRAILS
  • NATURE TRAILS ACCESSIBLE
  • FISHING ALLOWED
  • CONVENIENCE STORE BY THE BEACH (ICE, SNACKS, ETC)

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Comments from the “Chix”

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Our overall impression of this campground was similar to Carpenteria, that it is a great campground for those new to camping and for families or large parties of campers. There is a convenience store right by the beach if you want a snack, forget your sunblock or just need more ice. As well as fishing supplies for those who want to throw a lure in the water to catch their dinner.
Pros: This campground is not rustic but gives off a nice woodsy vibe none-the-less, and offers lots of conveniences. With flush toilets, clean hot water and hot showers, those who aren’t ready to stay dirty all weekend will survive. The sites are generally large with enough room for a big tent or a couple small ones- with natural shade from many trees and bushes. The campground also has many activities near by, including the beautiful beach just steps away, hiking and biking trails and paved roads so your kids can scooter, skate and bike around the site. Firewood is always available from the camp hosts too!
Cons: It’s not the “real campers” campground. If you want rustic, quiet or any feeling of “roughing it” – I’d pick a smaller campground with less amenities. It can get loud from kids/young adults – and many families playing music throughout the day and night. Otherwise, there just isn’t much bad about this location other than trying to get a reservation! (it fills up very quickly and early!)
Tips: Book in advance! Reservations must be made 2 Day(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 7 Month(s) in advance – but you better still rush to get a spot!
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Link to reserve your spot at El Capitan State Beach

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