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Refugio State Park and Beach

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December in great weather on the beach

Nice campsites, clean restrooms, hot showers, no hook ups. Some folks would not like the trains as they run a few times a night - loud and close but ok. There is a odor issue with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 December 2016
Chico, California
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Santa Monica, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

The kind of beach you hope to find with few people and plenty of natural wonders for a beach scavenger hunt

Thank Susie2423
Redondo Beach, California
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Skip this place and find another. From oil spill residue, decressed wildlife, overpricing, noise and wind, this is not a getaway, but a torture!!!!! The train screeching by at 2-4 am around the corner is a deafening sleep killer... Beware of the sleep deprivation and headaches!!! Don't know how any reviewer likes this place. It is super noisy all night... More 

Thank IAGrey
Oxnard, United States
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

The reef at the north end of the beach is filled with kelp beds and many varieties of colorful fish. Great shallow dive spot for snorkeling beginners. Fantastic beach access with sandy beach and towering date palms.

Thank Jeffery P
Chico, California
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Nice campsites, clean restrooms, hot showers, no hook ups. Some folks would not like the trains as they run a few times a night - loud and close but ok. There is a odor issue with the sewage disposers/separators. Don't camp close to these as they are Not Good. The beach was very nice for walking. Price at $35 a... More 

Thank 2pablo2015
Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Unfortunately our camping space was about as far north as we could have received, and it had a huge amount of freeway noise. Aside from normal highway noise, the 101 in the area next to the park has a steep downhill, so lots of trucks use engine braking. You can still hear the freeway in the spots near the beach,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

You have to make reservations 7 months in advance but it's worth it. It's located about 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara so if you want to eat out other than at the camp site, it's doable. The beach is more like a cove. It was pretty empty when we went because most kids are in school by Labor Day.... More 

Thank Desiree A
Avon, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Met a friend and went diving on the reef off of Refugio State Park. Water was cold but the Kelp forest was fantastic and reef was great for wildlife. A great place to go diving.

Thank Scott S
granada hills, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This is my favorite camp ground. I just feel relaxed there. Its small and never crowded even if the grounds are full. My little piece of Maui in Cali.

Thank judy t
Santa Barbara, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

My dad began taking my brothers and me camping here around 1979. It was always a great way to start the weekend. I now take my kids. Hint: If you like less noise, take a left at the fork when you enter the site area. The right has day use and the store and sites are not quite as nice.... More 

Thank Robert R
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This beach appears to be great for families but unfortunately there are some issues that are not good. Firstly I believe over a year ago there was an oil spill off the coast. We went for a walk along the beach 2 days in a row only to find tar imbedded in our feet which is not what you want... More 


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