Overview of Refugio State Beach

Refugio State Beach

Refugio State Beach
California Mid
USA West


Site Review by
 Jason NYC
Date: 07/13/2011


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Jason NYC Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Los Angeles Reef:    3.00
State:   CA Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   12 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   325 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.80
This is one of my favorite beaches to bring my family while my wife and I dive. Very safe, friendly, and always nice beach conditions for the little ones to swim or play in the sand. Great facilities, very short trip from the car to the water, and a short surface swim. Always decent viz for beach diving in California (10-15ft)and very rarely is surf, surge, current, or tides a consideration for the most part. Two areas to dive. One on the left and one on the right with sand in between the two kelp beds/low lying reef areas. Maybe 30ft max on the outer edge of the kelp beds. This is a state park so there is an entrance fee per car. It's very slow on weekdays and pretty busy on weekends but I never feel crowded even on weekends. Camping facilities are always packed but one of these days I hope to make reservations in advance and stay over. It's about a 90 minute leisurely drive from the Valley in LA and well worth the trip, especially if you can come on a week day for the solitude.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    2.00
Night diving:    5.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2011
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00

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