El Capitán State Beach

Phone Number

(805) 968-1033

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 42 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 42 Feet

Park Hours

8 am to Sunset

Driving Directions to El Capitán SB

The beach is located off Hwy 101 seventeen miles west of Santa Barbara. From Hwy 101 north- or southbound, take Exit 117 for El Capitán State Beach. Proceed south toward the ocean and the park entrance.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Access
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Family Programs
Camp Store
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible


 Southern California Edison has alerted us to a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff that will affect El Capitan and Refugio State Beach. This is projected to begin on 9/6/19 at 8AM and projected to end at 9/8/19 at 6PM.

 What this shutoff entails is complete power shutoff for the campground during the affected time period. 

 This shutoff would cause us to shut our potable water, restrooms and shower facilities.  This may necessitate implementing measures that may cause us to evacuate and or close the campgrounds.

 We apologize for any inconvenience, our State Park webpage and Reserve California will be updated with the most current information.

 For information about public safety power shutoffs please follow the following link to the Southern California Edison Webpage.






El Capitán State Beach offers visitors a sandy beach, rocky tidepools, and stands of sycamore and oaks along El Capitán Creek. It’s a perfect setting for swimming, fishing, surfing, picnicking and camping. A stairway provides access from the bluffs to the beach area.

Beach wheelchairs are available for use by the public with no cost. With this specially designed chair, wheelchair users may access the beach at several locations. Contact a ranger or lifeguard for additional information.

Your Inspiring Venue

Are you looking for a memorable wedding or event location with gorgeous ocean views? Contact our event coordinator at sbspecialevents@parks.ca.gov.

RV rental policy

Trailers may be rented from 101 RV Rental Concession. This is the only permitted business for delivery of RVs in this state park. For any questions contact 101 RV Rental 805-210-7391

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