El Capitan State Beach

Hwy 101
Goleta, CA 93117


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 from the bluffs to the beach area.

Beach wheelchairs are available for use by the public with no cost. With this specially designed chair, wheelchair users may access the beach at several locations. Contact a ranger or lifeguard for additional information.

Location - Directions

The beach is located off Highway 101 seventeen miles west of Santa Barbara.

Family Campsites—The 130+ site family campground is open all year. A short walk takes you to the beach. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring with a grill; restrooms with hot showers are nearby. Several sites are paved for RVs only. Some sites accommodate trailers and recreational vehicles up to 42 feet in length.

Group Campsites—Five group camping areas, accommodating 40-100 people, overlook the ocean from the marine terrace.

Hike and Bike Campsites—Those on foot or bicycle may register at the park entrance for Hike/Bike camping. Hot showers, restrooms, tables, and barbecues are available.

Hiking—A self-guided nature trail winds through the woodlands on El Capitán Point. The Bill Wallace Trail, named for a coastal protection advocate and former Santa Barbara County supervisor, winds through the park, offering hikers more than ten miles of views with a 1,000-foot elevation gain.

Surfing—Surfing conditions change with the weather. However, at low tides during fall and winter, advanced surfers sometimes find a perfect west or west-southwest swell.


Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Access

Bike Trails
Hiking Trails

Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Family Programs

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