Address: 10 Refugio Beach Rd, Goleta, CA 93117
Phone: (805) 968-1033
I visited Refugio State Beach and camped overnight on a Monday, so it wasn’t too crowded, I was able to get a campsite in the second row from the beach. The first row from the beach is their premium sites for $10 more. The park is a beautiful rocky beach with green rolling hills behind. It is hard to find spots to lay out in the sun unless it’s low tide. During that, you will find some sand.
The campsite has no hook-ups nor a dumpsite. They hand you a piece of paper of the nearest dumpsites, but you basically have to go elsewhere. They have water though and you can use your generator from 10AM to 8PM.
It is next to the US1 and the train tracks so of course, you will hear some noise, but the Ocean is loud as well during the night. I personally have no problem with the noise, I just use my earplugs.
The bathrooms are OK but they are not the cleanest. They have coin showers with hot water.
There is also a playground, basketball court, picnic tables, fire pits in the park and a mile and a half paved bike/hike trail. I biked the trail and it is one of the most beautiful trails I’ve biked. My only problem was that it was too short. You are riding next to and above the beach, surrounded by wildflowers and green hills. There are some steeper hills, but it’s doable.
I saw many surfers in the water and there is lots of wildlife around.
Goleta and Santa Barbara is a short driving distance if you need supplies or just want some time out.