The only thing better than living in Santa Barbara is coming home to it after being on a trip. But you can even go on vacation without even leaving Santa Barbara county, especially if you have your own home away from home. Yes, we’re talking about camping!
There are several campsites and RV parks with unparalleled views in our area, both north, south and east. Jalama Beach Park and Gaviota, Rufugio and El Capitan State Parks are just a short ride up the coast, and Cachuma Lake Recreation Area can be found up in the Santa Ynez Mountains. Carpinteria State Park is on the way south, with several more sites in nearby places like Ojai and Ventura.
Open year-round, our local campgrounds are a great way to stay in Santa Barbara without a high price tag from a hotel, as they generally run about $30 a night. You will have to book ahead of time, as they are very popular—especially the three on the beach. And don’t forget to bring your bikes! All campgrounds in the area are within cycling distance of something fantastic, even if it’s just the view. For instance, there’s a great bike path between El Capitan State Beach and the Refugio campground.
Don’t worry about the weather either—with almost 300 days of sunshine per year, you’ll rarely need a raincoat. In fact, bring your shorts and swimming gear, or hiking gear if you’re going up into the Los Padres National Forest, where there are over ten campgrounds to choose from.
Make sure to check the website of all campgrounds to make sure there are spaces available and no unexpected closures before you head off.
And when you come back to Santa Barbara, there are secure and convenient storage facilities for your RV, motor home or boat, in case you don’t have room on your property.