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.

Camping & RV Parks in Santa Barbara



Jalama Beach County Park & Campground

Located one hour west of Santa Barbara, Jalama Beach Park and Campground is an secluded park where visitors can unplug and relax in nature. With more than 100 campsites, seven equipped cabins, a general store and spectacular ocean views, Jalama…


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…


Refugio State Beach

Refugio State Beach offers excellent coastal fishing as well as trails and picnic sites. Palm trees planted near Refugio Creek give a distinctive look to the beach and camping area.  Please Note:  For the current status of this park,…


El Capitan State Beach

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…



Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park

This the ONLY RV park located in the city of Santa Barbara. Enjoy the hospitality of our small, family owned urban RV park.  We offer convenient, comfortable RV sites and friendly, dependable service.  All spaces have full hookups,…


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