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Old 09-09-2018, 11:54 AM   #1
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Question RV Campsites near Santa Barbara for December holiday camping?

RV Campsites near Santa Barbara for December holiday camping?

Hi all

I’m looking to find an RV suitable (so no “tent only”) campsite vaguely near Santa Barbara for some camping this December around the holidays.

Hookups are not needed. We prefer quiet and scenic campsites. The more nature around the better.

We will be in a self contained 21’ Escape, FWIIW.

Ocean views would be a nice bonus, but not needed.

being within 30 min drive from Santa Barbara might be nice, to go into town to get some yummy food on occasions.

Am a bit worried if it is a ‘no reservations’ place - we don’t want to arrive and have it be full. :-/

Thanks for any and all suggestions

John
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Old 09-09-2018, 01:14 PM   #2
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Hey John,
We enjoy Carpenteria. It is close to Santa Barbara and the town of Carpenteria is interesting and some good eats.
Carpinteria SB
Some of it is an old converted parking lot, but some of the spaces back right onto the ocean.
There are some incredible campsites and not so great campsites there, but it is inexpensive for that area and reservable. We go back there anytime we go that way.
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Thanks Greg for the suggestions. Happy to see any other suggestions as well. :-)

Update - it seems that both Refugio State Beach and El capitan State Beach close for some time (a seasonal thing I guess?) as of Dec 1, 2018…. for some time.
Bummer.

We are nervous to show up over the December holidays with a first come first serve thing …. thinking we would not get a site.
Both Faria County Park and Rincon (almost right next door) can't reserve it in advance.

Any other spots, maybe a bit further afield?

thanks. John
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:48 PM   #4
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John,
It may be a little further than you want to drive but may want to consider Jalama Beach County Park, north of Santa Barabara:


Jalama Beach
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