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. For those who prefer a more luxurious camping experience, El Capitan Canyon and Jalama Beach County Park are two campgrounds that offer glamping in Santa Barbara. At El Capitan Canyon, guests will find fully furnished cabins, adventure yurts and safari tents on raised wooden decks. And Jalama Beach County Park offers several upscale cabins – all with ocean views – that offer a variety of amenities.

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


Refugio State Beach

Editor's note: This beach is temporarily closed due to hazardous flooding and debris. Please check back as conditions improve. Located just half an hour west of Santa Barbara, Refugio State Beach offers a unique landscape and calm oasis for…


Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park

Located in the city of Santa Barbara, close to downtown, beaches, bus line. Enjoy the hospitality of our small, family owned urban RV park.  We offer convenient, comfortable RV sites and friendly, dependable service.  All spaces have…


El Capitan State Beach

El Capitán’s peaceful setting, sandy shoreline and close proximity to Santa Barbara make it a popular spot for camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing and other outdoor activities. Stands of sycamore, oak and eucalyptus trees create lots…


Gaviota State Park

Editor's note: This beach is temporarily closed due to the hazardous aftermath of the recent rain storms. Please check back as conditions improve. Gaviota State Park takes its name from the Spanish word for seagull, given to the area by soldiers of…


El Capitan Canyon

Located 15 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 offers a…


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