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Beautiful, natural, & minor oil drops around the beach

There is a life guard and a small market selling hot dogs and other items. It is basically a camp ground with day access allowed at a cost of $10.00. The beach is pretty and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 July 2016
Norwalk, California
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Los Angeles, California
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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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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 

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Avon, Indiana
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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 

Norwalk, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

There is a life guard and a small market selling hot dogs and other items. It is basically a camp ground with day access allowed at a cost of $10.00. The beach is pretty and natural. There are various oil spots so you have to watch your step; even then you will have oil on your sandals or feet.

Thank JoeA336
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Well, we got there kinda of late as the beach closes at sundown. There are a bunch of surfers who go to this beach so this was fun to watch. The main reason to come is the beautiful rocks that surround the beach. The water is a little rough and cold but that can be expected. What was the coolest... More 

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Warren, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Stopped here for the sights. $10 to park as long as you like. There is RV parking as well. Best of both worlds with mountains in the background, mountains on the ocean horizon, huge palm trees, surfable waves, and sea birds.

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

Been coming here for years. The only things that seem to change (besides the weather) are the campers. A constant flow of people into and out of the campsites. The campsites are roomy but your neighbors will be close by. No hookups, but water is available at faucets. Flush toilets and pay showers are available but don't be too picky.... More 

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