We can also reserve and find the right park for your vacation on the road. 

"Welcome to ReserveCalifornia. Our new system is easy to use - similar to booking hotels, airline tickets and other comparable services. A variety of new features will be phased in between August 1, 2017 and March 1, 2018, including moving from a first-of-the-month on-sale days to a new rolling window reservation service. This means that you will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Book your next adventure with us "

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Gaviota State Beach

Gaviota State Beach

Gaviota State Beach   (805) 968-1033   parks.ca.gov    Virtual Tour 

This  campground offers swimming, fishing, diving, and nearby hikes to the wind caves, hot springs, and Gaviota Peak. There is a fishing pier and a train trestle crosses the day-use parking lot. Amenities include a camp shop, showers, and restrooms. It's about 20 minutes from Buellton and 35 minutes from Santa Barbara.

Directions from Santa Barbara: Take the Highway 101 north about 33 miles until you come to signs for Gaviota State Park. The exit crosses southbound highway traffic -- Be careful!


el capitan beach

El Capitan State Beach   805-968-1033   parks.ca.gov   Virtual Tour
This is a wonderful campground and beach that fills up quickly, sometimes months in advance, especially during summer. During the off-season (winter and early spring) there's typically sites on a first-come, first-served basis. Amenities include pay showers, restrooms, hiking and bike trails, a popular surfing beach, and a seasonal general store. Many of the sites offer an ocean view. 

Directions from Santa Barbara: Take the Highway 101 north about 20 miles and look for the signs. 

Carpintera State Beach 

Carpintera State Beach 

Carpinteria State Beach   (805) 684-2811   parks.ca.gov

This is one of the most popular destinations year-round in California's state park system. Everybody hopes to be one of the lucky ones camped inches away from the sand.  In addition to the big beach, this park is blessed with fabulous views of the mountains.  Within walking distance you will find Tar Pits Park, which has fabulous history, and the estuary, home to many rare and beautiful birds. Seals, sea lions and dolphins can be seen in the area. You can also see an occasional gray whale. Tidal pools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopi and sea urchins. To help keep the troops entertained, there are restaurants, a movie theater, and shopping less than a half mile away. Carpinteria provides a waterfront shuttle to help with the commute.  The park also rents bicycles. 

Directions: From Highway 101 take the Casitas Pass exit. Turn away from the mountains.  At the end of Casitas Pass turn right. Turn left on Palm. The park is at the end of Palm.




Refugio State Beach is a protected state beach park located 20 miles west of Santa Barbara, California. It is 2.5 miles west of El Capitán State Beach. During the summer months, the Junior Life Guard program resides at the beach during the day. 

Address: 35 Refugio Beach Rd, Goleta, CA 93117

Phone(800) 444-7275

Chachuma Lake 

Chachuma Lake 

Chachuma Lake Recreation Area   (805) 686-5054   

23 miles from the Santa Barbara Waterfront and even closer to the Santa Ynez Valley wine country, Lake Cachuma is a destination park in its own right. The lake is a reservoir, so water access is limited to boating and fishing (no swimming), but the campground opens its pool in the summer. There is also excellent hiking and a nature center, general store, and Rancho San Marcos Golf Course is very close.

  • 550 campsites, 90 with full electrical, water and sewer hookups, and 38 with electrical and water hookups, can accommodate any size tent or RV.
  • Each campsite contains a picnic table and BBQ pit
  • Showers, restrooms and water are nearby. RV dump station is also available.
  • A general store
  • Gas station
  • Coin laundry
  • Children's playgrounds
  • Nature Center, fishing piers and hiking trails
  • The Marina is open year-round and sells bait and tackle, fuel and fishing licenses and a snack bar & grill.
  • Family Fun Center includes a swimming pool, video games, miniature golf, bike rentals, and snack bar, and is open daily during the summer.

Directions from Santa Barbara: Take Highway 101 to the Highway 154 San Marcos Pass exit. Lake Cachuma is about 20 miles from this point, on the right.