El Capitán State Beach
|El Capitán State Beach|
El Capitán State Beach looking east
|Location||Santa Barbara County, California|
|Nearest city||Goleta, California|
|Area||2,634 acres (1,066 ha)|
|Governing body||California Department of Parks and Recreation|
El Capitán State Beach (meaning "the captain" in Spanish) is a protected beach in the state park system of California. It is located about 20 miles (32 km) west of downtown Santa Barbara. The beach is named after José Francisco Ortega, who retired from the Spanish Army in 1795 with the rank of captain and received the Rancho Nuestra Señora del Refugio as a land grant.
El Capitán has a day-use beach as well as a campground with 131 sites — 6 of which are RV only — and 5 group sites. There are tide pools on the beach and sycamore and oak trees in the campground area. Monarch butterflies congregate at El Capitán in autumn to breed.
- "El Capitán Beach Trail". California State Parks. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
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