Wednesday, March 19, 2014

El Capitan State Beach-Review

Campground Quick Facts
El Capitan State Beach- 20 miles up the 101 from Santa Barbara, CA
Dump Station: No
Hook-ups: No
Drinking/Fill Water: Yes
Beach Sites: Not on sand, but with beach views
Scenery: Gorgeous
Privacy: Not very much (except for select few)
Camp Store: Only open in the summer
Restrooms: Yes
Showers: Yes (coin)

Reserve-ability: Very difficult to get reservations. Reserve on reserveamerica as soon as possible (6 months in advance is the earliest possible).

RV Crazy Tips: If you can camp during the week, you may be able to get sites more easily. October is off-season, but is typically a beautiful time to come to this park. It's less crowded, but still warm enough to be enjoyable and sunny at the beach. If you like privacy, site 42 is excellent. It has hedges on both sides, but you still get a view of the ocean. It's our favorite.

Special Features: Great tide pools for starfish, sea anemones. Excellent dolphin viewing. Supposed to be good whale watching in season (we have not seen these yet). Fun and secluded beach for walks, swimming, wading. However you have to watch out for tar (occurs naturally in this area).

My Rating: 8 out of 10 (I love the scenery and dolphins!)
The Man's Rating: 6 out of 10 (no dump station & 3 kids is a pain)
Kid Rating: 9 out of 10 (we love the beach and tide pools!)

El Capitan State Beach is a beautiful park in Goleta, California, in Santa Barbara county. Prior to purchasing our R.V., this was our favorite campground. However, three kids and one wife who likes to be clean later, it's not so much fun for us to camp without a dump station. Yes, I admit it, we've gotten spoiled, but hey, to each their own.

However, for scenery, dolphin viewing, private beach walks and stellar sunsets, this campground is one of the best. It does get crowed in the summertime, and there is a train nearby so you will hear it from the camp.

Here are some photos from our trips there:
This is a site in the outer loop site 34 (less privacy, but beautiful ocean view).
I could watch these dolphins for hours!
This is the weather in October there. And see how deserted the beach is? Lovely.
We had the beach to ourselves.
Sunset from the campground
Site #42. Very private but less beach view
These cute Stellar Jays are everywhere

Beautiful Tide Pools with Star Fish

Beach paths for walking and dolphin viewing.
Nice trail for biking or walking along the beach. Great overlooks here.

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