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El Capitan State Beach, CA

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El Capitan State Beach is located on Hwy 101/1 about 18 miles northwest of Santa Barbara. The campground sits atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, only a few sites offer views of the ocean. A short path will take you from the campground down to the beach.

805-968-1033

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We had plenty of sites to choose from, but the only site available that afforded us an ocean view was 34.

Date of visit: Apr 2008

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The view from right in front of our site. You can make out the mountains on Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands.

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Sites 17-12.

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Sites 4 and 3 are well-shaded by these old live oaks.

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Sites 45-44 offer more sun.

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For pure sun, sites 68-67 can't be beat.

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Site 107 is in my estimation the best site in the park, with its great ocean view.

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Another prime site is 123.

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Site 84 is also high on my list of recommended sites.

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Each of the four camp loops has a bathhouse. This one seems to be the oldest and is pretty basic, but does offer hot showers - 2 minutes for $.25.

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Looking up the coast at sunset from just in front of our site.

Amenities

Dump station available

Verizon National Access service

Rates: $25 ($23 with Golden Age Pass)

123 sites, no hookups

Coord: 34.461234 N, 120.024244 W

Activities/Nearby Attractions

Santa Barbara

Solvang

Los Padres National Forest

Channel Islands National Park

 

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