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People, Relax alittle.
For our 1 year anniversary my boyfriend planned a surprise trip to El Capitan Canyon. He had checked out tripadvisor and was a little nervous about the place after reading all the reviews. However I must say that we had a fabulous time. Yes you can hear the freeway but that is only if your up at the front of the resort, the resort itself goes back into the canyon for another mile and a half so just ask for a cabin farther back. Actually you can hear the ocean at night which is absolutly wonderful. The bed was comfortable and the jacuzzi tub was great, although the water pressure wasnt the best, but hey you are quasi-camping so what do you expect. So if anyone is planning a trip out to Santa Barbara and wants the feeling of camping without actually camping I think that El Capitan Canyon is great!
I planned this trip for 7 of my friends and I (all btwn the ages of 28-32) for August 2004. A few days before the trip, I read some of the awful reviews and almost cancelled. Luckily, I called the resort instead. Paul was great and made me feel a lot better so we decided to go. The place is such a nice getaway if you are from a city like LA. The cabins are small, but clean and well appointed. Beds are comfy. Bathroom is clean with no toilet / sewer problems and a big soaker tub. The small kitchenette area had enough space to store food for 4 ppl for one wknd. We spent our days hiking, playing frisbee on the lawn, BBQ-ing, playing cards out in the back. The beach is a ten minute walk. The 101 is close by but the noise is only audible at the front drive area. There are families and plenty of people but most are respectful and it is not too crowded. We spent the night grilling our dinner and sitting around the fire. EVERY single person in our group had a great time and would do it again. This is not camping and it is not cheap but a great place for city folk to unwind and feel like you are in nature. I would recommend it to anyone.
My mom invited me for a three nights at El Capitan. The internet pictures are deceiving! Three nights turned into less than a half day. The area surrounding the cabins is very dry and bare. We had a cabin with no surrounding trees and the inside of the cabin was unbearable. Very hot during the daytime and cools off somewhat at night. Water does not exist in the "Creekside Cabin." We noticed a foul smell coming from the bathroom when we first arrived, but thought it would eventuallly get better.
El Capitan Canyon's mistake is billing itself as something it is not -- a semi-luxury wilderness retreat. The canvas tents and "cabins" (they're actually trailers with wood siding that makes them look like cabins) are very nicely decorated, hence the pretty pictures on the web site. But they are crunched together in crowded villages that give them a slight refugee camp feel. Don't come here seeking solitude.
I read an article on El Capitan Canyon in Travel and Leisure and it
Although I've moved away from my hometown, I often return for visits.
We saw El Capitan Canyon's website and were swayed by the photos of what appeared to be romantic, luxurious, rustic cabins in a peaceful, remote canyon. Well, don't be misled.
Something a little different
I visited El Capitan Canyon in August, and really enjoyed my stay.
The setting is very peaceful, and they do not allow cars into the canyon, so it is pretty quiet if you get a cabin further back in the canyon. If you are up closer to the front, as we were, you can here the 101 freeway.
The cabin was very charming. There were three adults (a couple and one other person), and we were very comfortable in the Creekside Queen.
Although it is a bit pricey, it is different from your typical hotel experience. I would stay there again.
We recently spent a weekend here and left feeling somewhat disappointed. We decided that we didn't feel like roughing it, and since it was really going to be our only family vacation for the summer we opted to splurge and try "resort" camping. We had a creekside queen cabin ("creek" is a generous word for the water that trickled down the ravine from us) and the price ($225/night for CAMPING) suggested it would be quite luxurious. The cabin was OKAY, but that's it ...