The campground at El Capitan State Beach in Santa Barbara County is a short hike down to the surf. Without any reservations, we secured a campsite on Tuesday and again Wednesday. Ocean views, running water, picnic tables, clean bathrooms and hot showers – for $45 a night. Seeing sunset and sunrise from the bluffs or from sea level is spectacular. Shirtless Steve the camp host welcomed us to El Cap and recommended some coastal highlights and inland sights to see in parks from Santa Barbara up to Napa County.