El Capitan State Beach Camping

El Capitan State Beach - h3h
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El Capitan State Beach - ultramega
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El Capitan State Beach - Ron of the Desert
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El Capitan State Beach - Ron of the Desert
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A brief introduction to El Capitan SB

El Capitán State Beach is a protected beach in the state park system of California. The most easterly of three state parks along the Gaviota Coast, it is located about 20 miles (32 km) west of downtown Santa Barbara, in Santa Barbara County. The beach is named for José Francisco Ortega, who retired from the Spanish Army in 1795 with the rank of captain and received the Rancho Nuestra Señora del Refugio as a land grant.

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Camper reviews for El Capitan SB

great beach stop on PCH

The south-facing beach at this campground is beautiful and it is only 2 hours from downtown Los Angeles. Sites are on the small side--but you are at the beach, right?! Try to snag a site with a beach view if you can, they go fast. The sites closer to the highway (we were in 94) can have a bit of road noise. Regardless of where your site is, grab a chair and find a spot on the bluffs to watch the sunset.

Mary C Humphrey
Mary C Humphrey reviewed El Capitan SB
on January 22nd, 2023


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