El Capitan Canyon

11650 Calle Real

  • Toddler Fun
  • School Age Action
  • Cool for Teens
  • Hotels with In-Room Kitchens
  • This upscale “camping” resort is great for families who want to experience the natural beauty of the California coast without the effort of really roughing it. El Capitan has something for everyone – between easy or challenging hikes into the foothills, a walk to one of the most striking beaches in California, a pool and playground, llamas, horses, and bike riding, it really can’t be beat. Stay in a safari tent equipped with comfortable beds and luxurious bed linens, down comforters, and daily maid service, or opt for a cabin with small kitchen and plenty of sleeping options. Resort staff will drop off firewood and fire starters to make it easy to build a campfire for s’mores. There’s also a great snack bar and gift shop with delicious breakfasts. El Capitan is a delightful family alternative to the fancier resorts of Santa Barbara and a great outdoor experience.

    • Category: Resort
    • Location: Seaside
    • Standard: Upscale
    • Style: Traditional
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    Our Reviewer's Favorite Features

    • Toddler Fun: Open, safe areas for running around
    • Toddler Fun: Near park or playground
    • School Age Action: Near age-appropriate sights and activities
    • Cool For Teens: Near age-appropriate sights and activities
    • Family-friendly public areas
    • Variety of room options for families
    • Apartment amenities paired with hotel services
    • Fantastic atmosphere and views
    • Well-appointed accommodations
    • Value-oriented pricing
    • Variety of onsite sports and activities

    Families Should Know

    • Showers only in some guest units
    • No onsite restaurant
    • Some room categories are small
    • In July and August, property requires a minimum three-night stay for weekend guests
    • Property does not provide cribs/highchairs – use outside agency
    • Babysitting referrals not available
    • Some guest units share bathrooms
    • Cooking utensils not provided
    • Free WIFI in public areas and rooms
    • Some rooms have lofts for kids
    • Entire canyon is nonsmoking

    Sports + Activities

    • wine tasting
    • horseback riding
    • beach
    • hiking

    Local Excursions

    • Santa Barbara Mission
    • Santa Barbara Zoo
    • Solveng Danish Village



    • tents and cabins available
    • kitchenette facilities in some units
    • large soaking bathtubs in some units
    • gas fireplace in some units
    • grills/firepits for all units
    • free WIFI in guest units/public areas
    • daily housekeeping
    • onsite massage
    • onsite deli/grocery store
    • outdoor concerts in summer months
    • disabled access
    • private parking
    # of peopleStarting at
    • D - daily pricing
    • W - weekly pricing
    • T - tax included
    • B - breakfast included
    • I - all-inclusive

    Preferred Room


    Guest Room Highlights

    • Well-appointed
    • Good configuration for sleeping
    • Comfortable beds
    • Beautiful view
    • Kitchenette/kitchen facilities


    Booking Conditions

    • Deposit required
    • Cancellation: <48 hours
    • Check-in is 4p and check-out is 11a