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El Capitán State Beach
Max. Trailer Lengths
Trailer: 42 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 42 Feet
Driving Directions to El Capitán SB
Camping and Lodging
Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.Online Reservations
Brochures and Campground Maps
Upcoming Park Events
No events scheduled at this moment.
On May 19, 2015, a privately owned crude oil pipeline ruptured, causing an oil spill within and around Refugio State Beach. State beaches affected by this incident include Refugio and El Capitan near Goleta.
Camping reservations have been cancelled through June 25th, 2015 in an effort to expedite clean-up efforts. Campers with reservation during this time will be provided a full refund through Reserve America.
Visitors wanting to find alternative overnight camping opportunities should contact a Reserve America representative at 1-800-444-7275 to locate campgrounds nearby.
For current beach areas open for day use during the holiday weekend in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, visitors should call (805) 585-1850. This site will be updated with information when made available. We apologize for any inconvenience.
El Capitán State Beach no longer has an RV dump station. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
El Capitán State Beach offers visitors a sandy beach, rocky tidepools, and stands of sycamore and oaks along El Capitán Creek. It’s a perfect setting for swimming, fishing, surfing, picnicking and camping. A stairway provides access from the bluffs to the beach area.
Beach wheelchairs are available for use by the public with no cost. With this specially designed chair, wheelchair users may access the beach at several locations. Contact a ranger or lifeguard for additional information.
Location - Directions
The beach is located off Highway 101 seventeen miles west of Santa Barbara.
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RV rental policy
Trailers may be rented from 101 RV Rental Concession. This is the only permitted business for delivery of RVs in this state park. For any questions contact 101 RV Rental 877-392-2674
Camp Store Hours
Available Activities and Facilities at El Capitán State Beach
Hike or Bike Campsites
Exhibits and Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available