Originally Posted by MisterT
Rincon Parkway(just south of Santa Barbara), on the beach, $28 nightly in dropbox - can't ask for an easier, most spectacular view, place to boondock! (though you might find cheaper places -without the view!)
Don't even mention Rincon Pkwy! Gives me PTSD just thinking about it. My kids and I stopped there overnight just before Christmas. While the view certainly was great and the trains that came by before bedtime were neat to watch. A freight train screamed by around 2am
, scared the you know what out of all of us!!! I don't know how long it took the kids to fall back to sleep but I was awake for at least 3 hours after that. Of course, they were up by 6:30 or 7 like every other day of the year. Talk about a very tired bunch the next day.
I agree the view can't be beat, but the thru road (truck and car traffic throughout the night) 10 feet from the "camp site", the train tracks 50 feet beyond that, and the 101 freeway about 150-200 feet from there, does not a peaceful night sleep make! I'll pass, but if you are a solid (and I mean solid, like dead to the world) sleeper, more power to you. You can have my spot! They can't pay me to sleep there again!!!
I just noticed in the photo MisterT posted, the gray rocks in the in the lower right corner of the photo is the ballast for the train tracks. Just wanted to add that to orient the viewer.
To the OP hope you had a great trip and you found a peaceful
place to stop for the night.