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Santa Barbara Hikes

Refugio to El Capitan State Beach

Refugio to El Capitan State Beach

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For:Can be rugged, possibility to have to climb a difficult rock if the tide is not low enough.

This hike will start at Refugio only because free parking is a little easier to find. You can do this hike from El Capitan, too, if you want, too. Free parking there is a little further from the beach than at Refugio, and paid parking is only about $3 or so.

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This beach hike is nice because it's about 4 or 5 miles long, has a way back along a bike path, has nice tide pools with fat pink starfish to look at, and great secluded and not-so secluded beaches. There is even a snack bar at both ends in case you get hungry or thirsty, plus restrooms, too.

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