Refugio State Beach (Chumash: Qasil, "Beautiful") is a protected state beach park in California, United States, approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara. One of three state parks along the Gaviota Coast, it is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) west of El Capitán State Beach. During the summer months, the Junior Life Guard program resides at the beach during the day.
The Refugio oil spill occurred just north of the park in 2015 when a pipeline carrying crude oil ruptured. The spill went into a culvert that ran under US 101 and into the ocean. The spill spread over 7 miles (11 km) of coastline, including Refugio and El Capitán state beaches. The parks were closed during the clean-up, including during the typically busy Memorial Day weekend. The pipeline which caused the disaster is no longer in service.
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A California Jewel
A slice of Paradise! The plan was to split up the week between Refugio and Carpinteria, we never left Refugio, we just moved around to 3 different sites. Weather was perfect, place was clean and showers were hot! Organized activities through State Parks for the kids and adults (stargazing) made for an unforgettable experience. Truly could not have done it without Campnab, thanks!
Great location, beautiful beach!
The little campground has area for the kids to ride bikes and scooters around. The beach is easily accessible and has lots of space.
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