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El Capitán State Beach

Contact Information

(805) 968-1033

Park Hours

dawn ‘til dusk

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 42 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 42 Feet

Driving Directions to El Capitán SB

The beach is located off Hwy 101 seventeen miles west of Santa Barbara. From Hwy 101 north- or southbound, take Exit 117 for El Capitán State Beach. Proceed south toward the ocean and the park entrance.

Camping and Lodging

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.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Updated 8/3/17

UPDATE 8/4/17

Due to decreased production in the well that supplies El Captain State Beach we have had to close the showers temporarily.  If we can catch up on water production the showers will be reopened.  Until then visitors at El Capitan State Beach are allowed to use the shower facilities at Refugio State beach 2 miles north on US Highway 101. 


UPDATE 8/4/17 

We are seeing some improvement with water savings at El Capitan but we are only just able to keep up with the demand at the park. Due to the need to maintain a fire reserve in our water tank we will not be turning the showers back on for at least another week. There is no change on the status of the showers.  If things change updates will be posted every Thursday both on the Facebook page and the state park webpage for El Capitan


Please exercise extreme water conservation measures to help us manages this water shortage.  if we are unable to keep up with water demand further reductions of service may be warranted.  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 805-210-7391

Camp Store Hours
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday   9am-5pm

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Available Activities and Facilities at El Capitán State Beach

Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Access
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Family Programs
Camp Store
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible