Refugio Beach is a state park with camping and a day use beach. It is sunny campground with swings and a basketball court. There are also hiking and biking trails.The parking is right next to the beach.
Directions: Head north on the 101. Take exit 120. Turn left onto Refugio Rd, then right and continue.
There is a slight cove here and the waves are calm.
The parking is right next to the beach for easy hauling of stuff.
You can camp close to the beach here.
There are bathrooms and showers (currently turned off for the drought).
There is a small store with some simple snacks.
State Park website says there are lifeguards year round.
There is a $10 charge for state park day use.
It is a drive from Santa Barbara/Goleta (20-30 minutes).
** This beach gets crowded especially when there are a lot of people camping. It could be hard to socially distance.**