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Refugio State Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 2.9

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Refugio State Beach Spot ID

Bob Peet, Refugio State Beach photo

Refugio State Beach

Photo credit: Bob Peet

Type: beach and point

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell W | Wind NNE

Sea Temperature Today is: 16.1 °C

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Monday, 10 December 2018, 12:21 Local time
Monday 10
Wave (m) 2.5
Period (s) 16 16 16 15
Wind (km/h) 15
NW 15
WNW 10
NNW 10
Wind State cross-
cross cross-

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Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara is a fairly exposed beach and point break that has quite reliable surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Ideal winds are from the north northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the west. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded. Beware of rips, rocks, private, locals and sharks.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Beavers, 2 km from Refugio State Beach.

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Refugio State Beach Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At El Capitan State Beach Hwy 101 Goleta wx, 7 km from Refugio State Beach.


Partly Cloudy
Air temperature
17.3 °C

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Overall Refugio State Beach Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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  • The closest passenger airport to Refugio State Beach is Vandenberg Afb (Lompoc) Airport (VBG) in USA, 55 km (34 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Refugio State Beach is Point Mugu Nas Airport (NTD), also in USA, 96 km (60 miles) away.
  • Third is Meadows Fld (Bakersfield) Airport (BFL) in USA, 143 km (89 miles) away.
  • Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport (BUR) in USA is 161 km (100 miles) away.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Refugio State Beach and is 164 km (102 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Refugio State Beach, CAL - Santa Barbara. Use the tab navigation above to view Refugio State Beach sea temperature, Refugio State Beach photographs, Refugio State Beach detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Refugio State Beach webcams, current wind from CAL - Santa Barbara live weather stations and Refugio State Beach tide predictions. The United States swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United States and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United States wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Refugio State Beach.