Welcome to Refugio State Beach

Refugio State Beach covers 938 acres and offers excellent coastal fishing, trails, and day-use picnic sites. Iconic Canary Island Date palms along the shoreline and near Refugio Creek make the beach and camping area picturesque. The park includes both hiking and biking trails. Other day-use activities include swimming, windsurfing and surfing, kayaking, exhibits and family programs, and geocaching. Overnight facilities include 67 family campsites, three group campsites, hike and/or bike campsites, and RV sites. Visitor facilities at Refugio State Beach include a camp store, restrooms, showers (indoor and outdoor), basketball court, playground, and a campfire center. State Parks leases and manages a 750-acre underwater park  at Refugio State Beach that is very popular with divers, fishers, and educational groups.

Refugio State Beach ©2014, California State Parks

Several State Parks facilities are located at Refugio State Beach, including staff residences, operations (law enforcement, interpretation, vehicle storage, visitor services), and the junior lifeguard program headquarters.

Refugio State Beach’s habitats include coastal sage scrub, marine habitats, and riparian areas.

Refugio State Beach includes known significant archeological, tribal, and historic resources, including buildings and palm trees from the Rutherford Ranch era.

Adapt, Renew, and Preserve

To ensure a sustainable future for Refugio State Beach, the general plan update will identify and address land management and operational challenges.

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For additional information about Refugio State Beach, visit the Park Website.

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