Camping & RV Parks

In Santa Barbara, stepping out of your abode and onto the beach doesn’t always mean you have to splurge on an expensive seaside resort. Coveted campgrounds and RV parks pepper the Santa Barbara South Coast, making it easy and affordable to set up shop on some of California’s most pristine shoreline.

Camping here has often been cited as one of the most inviting trips on the West Coast, and understandably so. Over 300 days of sunshine every year and mild temperatures throughout all four seasons make this an easy, comfortable, and convenient place to park or pop a tent. Camping and RV sites range from ocean-side state parks to the hidden gems of Los Padres National Forest.

Most campsites are still close to town, while also being just far enough off the beaten path that you’ll feel as removed from daily life as you need to, and as close to nature as you can get.

Featured Camping & RV Parks in Santa Barbara

Gaviota State Park

Gaviota State Park takes its name from the Spanish word for seagull, given to the area by soldiers of the Portola Expedition who supposedly killed a seagull while camping here in 1769.  Marked by a tall Southern Pacific railroad trestle that…

Jalama Beach County Park & Campground

Land near Jalama Creek was once a Chumash Indian settlement named "Halama". In 1943, 23.5 acres of privately owned land was donated to the County of Santa Barbara, and thus, our park was formed. Jalama Beach is a respite from typically bustling…

El Capitan Canyon

Located fifteen minutes north of downtown Santa Barbara, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, lies El Capitan Canyon, an incredible resort secluded amongst ancient sycamores opening onto El Capitan Beach. The Canyon…