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Fringed by soft sand, rolling waves, and rocky cliffs, El Capitan State Beach showcases the natural beauty of the Golden State. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy this picturesque corner of Southern California, whether you're sunbathing, surfing, or enjoying a picnic under the shade of a mature oak. Throw in gorgeous weather, and camping at El Capitan State Beach is a fantastic destination for weekend getaways and cross-country road trips alike.

At just 115 miles from the City of Angels, El Capitan State Beach offers a unique chance to camp in an RV near Los Angeles. You're also a stone's throw from Santa Barbara, a.k.a the American Riviera. Planning a getaway to Southern California? Book an RV in Santa Barbara County and you can camp at El Capitan or switch it up at other nearby state beaches like Refugio, Gaviota, and Goleta.

Getting Outdoors

Golden sand and crystalline water make El Capitan State Beach a great place to cool off in the Pacific Ocean. A stairway leads down from the bluffs to the sand and gives the beach a secluded feel. Spend the day soaking up the sun, building sandcastles, and building driftwood forts. At low tide, a stroll along the beach reveals rocky tide pools filled with colorful sea creatures.

When the swell is up, a right hand break at the eastern tip of the point lures surfers from across Santa Barbara County. Lined with oaks and sycamore, the banks of El Capitan Creek are a great place to enjoy a sun-dappled picnic. The grassy blufftop is also dotted with tables and treats picnickers to lunch with a view.

Across Highway 101, the Bill Wallace Trail winds up to a scenic viewpoint and treats you to sweeping views over the Pacific. For more stunning seascapes, hike the El Capitan Beach Trail to Refugio State Beach. The Santa Barbara Channel is one of the best places in California for whale watching, so keep your eyes open for grays, humpbacks, fins, and minkes splashing offshore.

Camping at El Capitan State Beach

The El Capitan State Beach campground enjoys a stunning location on a low bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean — you'll love falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves and waking up to a fresh ocean breeze. Like most state park RV campgrounds in California, El Capitan treats guests to modern facilities including flush toilets and pay-to-use hot showers. There's also a potable water station and a campground general store selling firewood, marshmallows, and other motorhome camping essentials.

Choose from more than 130 standard sites, all with picnic tables and fire rings for enjoying your meals outdoors. Most sites can accommodate RV rentals of up to 35 feet in length, though some of the more spacious sites can host larger rigs of up to 42 feet. Generally, sites can accommodate groups of eight or less. El Capitan also offers three group sites if you're traveling with a larger group. The El Capitan State Beach campground is open throughout the year though is most popular during the summer. Crowds soar from Memorial Day to Labor Day, so it's best to make a reservation in advance.

Exploring the Area

Camping at El Capitan State Beach puts you in the heart of Santa Barbara County, a captivating corner of Southern California known for its Spanish-Colonial architecture, laid-back lifestyle, and idyllic weather. Nutrient-rich soil and a sunny climate make Santa Barbara County a seventh heaven for winemakers. If you love wine, spend the day sipping your way through boutique vineyards of Santa Maria Valley Wine Country, most specializing in chardonnay, pinot noir, syrah, and sauvignon blanc.

Easily accessible by car or the El Capitan Beach Trail, Refugio Beach State Park lures sunseekers with soft sand, scenic picnic spots, and swaying palm trees that give the beach a tropical aesthetic. Gaviota State Park is another local favorite, with scenic hiking trails and a bubbling hot spring. For a change of scene, explore the scenic trails that wind through Los Padres National Forest. Experience Southern California from a different perspective aboard Amtrak trains like the Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight. Snag a seat in the panoramic-view observation car and spend a few hours watching the sparkling Pacific coast roll by.

Drive 20 miles west and you'll hit Santa Barbara, a great place to stock up on gas, groceries and other basic supplies. You'll also find a burgeoning bar and restaurant scene, as well as attractions like Old Mission Santa Barbara, a 19th-century hilltop sanctuary inspired by the chapels of ancient Rome. Families will love kid-friendly attractions like the MOXI science museum, Santa Barbara Zoo and Sea Center. Ventura, a historic town 50 minutes down the coast, is another popular place to rent a camper near El Capitan State Beach.

RV Rentals in El Capitan State Beach, CA

El Capitan State Beach, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in El Capitan State Beach. Outdoorsy's El Capitan State Beach RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around El Capitan State Beach, CA

Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Aniso Trail from El Capitan State Beach to Refugio State Beach Goleta, CA
Bill Wallace El Capitan Trail Goleta, CA
Canyon and Ridgetop Trails Goleta, CA
Baron Ranch Trail Los Padres National Forest, CA
West Camino Cielo Goleta, CA
Haskell's Beach Access Trail Goleta, CA
Arroyo Hondo Preserve Loop Goleta, CA
Tequepis Trail Goleta, CA
Santa Barbara Shores County Park Trail Santa Barbara Shores County Park, CA
Elwood Bluffs/Coronado Butterfly Preserve Santa Barbara Shores County Park, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Cachuma Lake Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park Santa Barbara County, CA
Jalama Beach Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
River Park Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Ventura Beach RV Resort Ventura County, CA
Ventura Ranch KOA Ventura County, CA
Coastal Dunes RV Park & Campground San Luis Obispo County, CA
Pismo Coast Village RV Resort San Luis Obispo County, CA
Holiday RV Park San Luis Obispo County, CA

Popular Nearby Parks

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Recommendations for El Capitan State Beach, CA from Outdoorsy Owners

Santa Barbara

Great ocean view. Campfires. Walking the beach. Flying kites. Watching the stars at night.

Sep 20, 2019
Santa Barbara

Beautiful ocean view. Camping. Walking the beach. Swimming. Making smears by the campfire. Amazing!

Sep 20, 2019
Cachuma Lake

Beautiful camping area. There are tenting sites, huts, RV spots, a play area for the kids. Great customer service.

Aug 25, 2019
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground

Very fun place to camp with kids. Nice pool, hot tub and playground. There are also cabins for rent as well. This is one of our favorites. Make reservations far in advance!

Jul 17, 2018
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground

Really fun, great amenities, close to Solvang and wonderful vineyards.

May 25, 2017
100 El Capitan Terrace Ln

Great all-round, well rounded RV park to stay in. Bit pricey but good value.

Dog-friendly Ocean View Swimming Pool Onsite Laundry
Apr 8, 2017

Recent Outdoorsy trips to El Capitan State Beach, CA

Santa Barbara

Started off at Ocean Mesa campground - great location, lovely hikes and lots of amenities

Local Fave Dog-friendly Ocean View Swimming Pool
Jan 6, 2020

Shopped and dined in Solvang, visited Ostrich Farm and parked RV at Moro Bay Dune RV park.

Ocean View Family Friendly Most Beautiful Kid-friendly Scenic
Jan 3, 2020


Jan 2, 2020
Santa Barbara

Parked at Malibu and watched the surf.

Dec 16, 2019
Santa Barbara

Enjoy family and friends

Dec 5, 2019
Santa Barbara

Surfed, slept, ate, read, explored, relaxed!

Dec 1, 2019
Santa Barbara

Camped for three nights and four days while our house was being tented for termites.

Has Air Has Coffee Elbow Room Most Beautiful
Nov 5, 2019
Santa Barbara

Chilled at the Ocean Mesa Campgrounds (awesome place) and took a day trip to Solvang.

Has Coffee Glamping Ocean View Quiet Swimming Pool Wi-Fi Hookups Onsite Laundry Family Friendly Most Beautiful Kid-friendly Good weather Pricey Scenic
Nov 4, 2019
Santa Barbara

Horse show

Oct 27, 2019
Santa Barbara

Took our time going down the pacific coast

Overnight Scenic
Oct 21, 2019

Stayed at Flying Flags RV Resort with our wonderful friends who love camping and enjoying life together. Wine tasting and sightseeing in the are is fantastic. Beautiful part of California.

Has Coffee Snack Bar Glamping Swimming Pool Wi-Fi Hookups Family Friendly Sightseeing
Oct 21, 2019

Flying Flags!

Oct 12, 2019