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Camping at Refugio Beach Campground

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Overview of Refugio Beach Campground

Refugio Beach Campground is located at Refugio State Beach, which is a protected state park along the beautiful coastline of Santa Barbara County, California. This campground provides visitors with easy access to the beach and offers a number of outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing, kayaking, and picnicking.

Camping Facilities and Amenities

Available Facilities:

  • Standard Campsites
  • Group Campsites
  • Picnic Tables
  • BBQ Grills and Fire Pits
  • Restrooms with Flush Toilets
  • Coin-Operated Shower Facilities

Utilities Available:

  • Water Spigots (throughout the campground)
  • No RV Hook-ups (visitors must be prepared for dry camping)

Regulations and Guidelines


  • Check-in and check-out times are usually strictly enforced to allow staff to clean and prepare sites for new arrivals.

Camping Limits:

  • There is typically a maximum stay limit; please check the latest regulations as these can vary seasonally.

Fires and Cooking:

  • Campfires are allowed only in provided fire rings or grills.
  • Due to fire danger, regulations about when and where you can use fire may change; pay attention to current fire restrictions.

Fishing and Wildlife:

  • If you plan to fish, make sure you are aware of the California fishing regulations and have a valid fishing license.
  • Do not feed the wildlife and store food appropriately to prevent attracting animals to the campsite.


  • Pets are often welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and are not allowed on the trails or beaches.
  • Owners must clean up after their pets.

Reservations and Fees

Reservation Process:

  • Reservations can typically be made up to six months in advance.
  • It's advisable to book early if you're planning to camp during the busy season or on weekends.


  • Camping fees vary depending on the time of year and type of campsite.
  • Additional vehicle fees may also apply.
  • Check the current fee structure on the official California State Parks website or when making a reservation for the up-to-date pricing.

Activities and Recreation

Beach and Water Sports:

  • The beach offers a blend of relaxation and recreation with opportunities for surfing, paddle boarding, and kayaking.

Trails and Hiking:

  • There are coastal trails that offer scenic views and the chance to spot local wildlife.

Educational Programs:

  • Check for available park ranger-led programs that may include nature walks or educational talks about the park's flora and fauna.

Day Use Areas:

  • The park also has day-use areas for those not camping, furnished with picnic tables and BBQ pits.

Access and Contact Information

  • The campground is generally accessible by most vehicles, but always check road conditions and campsite specifics for any size restrictions, especially if you're bringing an RV.
  • Updated information and contact details can be found on the California State Parks official website, where you can also find specific rules and alerts for Refugio State Beach Campground.

Note: Always verify the latest information before your trip, as park operations and regulations can change due to weather conditions, maintenance, wildlife preservation efforts, and other factors impacting the camping experience.

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