Santa Barbara > Activity Guide > Beaches > Refugio State Beach
Pros: This beach is unique among Santa Barbara beaches.  Many locals find that they come here to over other beaches closer into town.   It just feels different than the others.

It might be the abundance of picnic tables and grills or maybe its all the quirky little palms that dot the thin strip of border grass. It could also be the camp grounds that bump right against the beach. 

Who knows for sure, but this beach is worth the drive from the city. It's a long 1.5 miles of beach that offers plenty of sand and surf. If you feel adventuresome, this is a great beach for diving and snorkeling. Hiking and biking trails round out the list of things to do while here.

Cons: We don't know too many cons with this beach.  It's a longer drive than most of the others but it's not more than 10 minutes past Goleta.

Directions: Take the 101 north of the city. Go beyond El Capitan and follow the signs.

Facilities: Restrooms, a general store on the weekends, and camping.