El Capitan State Beach 2018
In August 2018 we decided to escape the heat wave at home by taking our RV to El Capitan State Beach, just north of Goleta, CA. When we made reservations on the ReserveCalifornia website, it showed only a couple sites available, but one of them looked nice, so we booked it. When we arrived at the campground, there were very few campers, and a ranger said that they get a lot of "no shows". If those people don't call to cancel, then they lose their money, and those campsites sit empty.
When making the reservations, the website said that the campsite could only accommodate vehicles less than 24 feet in length. Our RV is 31 feet, but I was fairly sure that we would fit, if we backed-in and let the portion behind the rear axle hang over the end of the pad. It turned out to be a very tight fit, and we only managed because we were able to straddle one of the concrete "wheel-stops".
After getting situated, we decided that we would enjoy a gin & tonic cocktail, but discovered that we didn't pack the tonic water! So we rode our bikes to the campground store, and learned that it's only open on the weekends. A guy passing by told us that the next nearest store was across the highway at the El Capitan Canyon resort, so we rode out of the State Beach to the resort. That store didn't have tonic water, but we bought some sparkling mineral water, which yielded some "passable" G&Ts.