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Refugio State Park and Beach

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Address: Goleta, CA
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Refugio State Beach Kayak Tour
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Beautiful, but watch out for the tar

The sand is soft and light colored, and the rocks make for a scenic beach. I understand that there are naturally occurring tar deposits on the beach. I never saw the tar, but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 October 2014
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Huntington Beach, California
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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2014

The sand is soft and light colored, and the rocks make for a scenic beach. I understand that there are naturally occurring tar deposits on the beach. I never saw the tar, but had to spend 30 minutes scrubbing the soles of my shoes with baby oil to get it off.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2014

Refugio Beach State Park is at a spectacular setting with palm springs, gentle breezes, and is in my opinion a little bit of paradise along the Pacific Ocean. Today it was just a delightful visit. We have camped here for Thanksgiving before and had a good time. Its a wonderful beach to walk and explore.

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los angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2014

...of my life; beautiful. Unexpected. If you camp, you'll fall asleep to the waves crashing on the beach (camp site not on water-do your research for that). A smaller, kinder version of big sur, being a full 5 hours closer to la (one hour drive).

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2014

The washrooms need a fire hose taken to it as do the showers... with some bleach DAILY! The pit for the water tap stinks... just stinks..... The store has outrageously priced everything,5 dollars for ice is obscene.... therefore 45 dollars a night was a bit overkill....The people that work here are absolutely wonderful..... the site (19) was terrific, a bit... More 

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south gate
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

My family and I spent four days at Refugio St.Beach Aug 21,22,23 & 24th. The toilets were never cleaned the whole time we were there. Bathroom trash dumped but toilets were never attended to. I wont speak of the showers! The state of California really must look into this. Our campsite,#57, was nice and large. Plenty of room for six... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

Didn't camp. Just a day trip. Beautiful views out into the ocean. I took a picture that could be the post card epitome of a southern California beach. The weather was nice, sun warming, breeze cooling and the water was a bit warmer than what I am used to which made it lovely. There is a general store which has... More 

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Monterey, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

We camped here in a motor home for one night in July in the middle of the week. We arrived in the late evening and it was quite warm still which was nice. The camp host greeted us at our campsite and we were all set. The campground was sold out and it was packed. Our site was #60 which... More 

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Perris, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

We stayed at Bouchard Group Site starting Friday, July 18th to Sunday July 20th. The grounds were nice and clean. There was some shade provided by trees. The beach was easily accessible by going down a slope or dirt steps. The beach is a rock/pebble beach, with limited sand areas. Though the pebbles being stirred by the waves hurt the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

The beach is pretty and unique- just a few things to be aware of before you camp! 1. It was full when we stayed which meant you were right on top of other campers, no privacy and lots of noise. 2. Try to get the campsites closest to the ocean so you can actually see it! The hike in camp... More 

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Thousand Oaks, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

We camped at Refugio in July 2014 and had a great time. We were disappointed, however, to learn upon check-in that the March 2014 storms had wreaked quite a bit of havoc on the beach. It is now a rock beach, not a sandy beach, which was a bummer. That said, it is camping, and attitude is everything, so we... More 

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