Refugio State Beach

Santa Barbara County

Fishing, swimming (lifeguards on duty) and enjoying the views out to the Channel Islands are the best things to do at this narrow beach, 20 miles west of Santa Barbara.

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Exhibits and friendly volunteers help residents and visitors learn more about the local area and Santa Barbara County in general.