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Gaviota State Park

Address: U.S. 101, CA
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Ranked #3,732 of 4,403 Attractions in California
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Rainier, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Despite all the wingeing about windy camp sites and lack of New York City-style amenities, this is a pleasant ocean-side park. It was Immortalized in the movie "Sideways" as the scene where Miles and Jack were morosely considering their lives as "a blot of excrement on a tissue, floating out to sea ..."

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Just before highway 101 leaves the coast and turns east there is this little park on the beach sitting quietly underneath a railroad trestle. The setting is quite sublime and inviting. It is a great place to take a break or stay longer. If you don't want to pay a fee drive past, park off the road and walk back... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is a nice state park with views. There is a closed pier that attracts birds. There is a nice beach. The thing that pushed this from average to very good is the amazing views of the railroad tressle bridge here that is regularly used by trains each day. There is a store and camp ground here as well. There... More 

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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Pulled over to have a quick look at the beach. Was charged 10 bucks to be allowed access to a barren parking lot, a store which was closed and toilets that were out of order. The woman manning the entry station neglected to mention any of this when taking our money. Avoid at all costs. We spent 30 seconds here... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I want to say positive things about this place but its a challenge. The camping lots are way too close together, ground is hard to sleep on ( bring pads or blow-up mattresses ) and the bathrooms are poorly maintained. Reports are right very windy, hard to sleep a full night. On the plus side, the beach is nice and... More 

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Pomona, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

Nice beach, clean campground. Horrible winds at sunset. It will blow your tent down. Our tent broke during our stay. Lucky for us we also had an RV.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

I am writing this review because the previous reviewer was off base. The park was remodeled a few years ago and it's taking time for trees to grow etc. But overall it's a pretty nice park. The pier is very cool and all campsites are very close to a nice sandy beach. You can fish here no problem. The landfill... More 

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Irvine, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Winds 40+ mph (55+ kph) all night long starting at about sunset. The campground is at the terminus of the canyon pass leading to Solvang and Los Olivos. Thus, the winds are compressed and speed up going through the canyon. They exit directly on the campground! Read the August 5, 2013 review by 'rod1dog'. I completely verify his review. Tent... More 

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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5 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Overall Gaviotas is an okay place: the trestle bridge on the beach is cool and the beach is nice. There is little shade however in camp, and it is dry & dusty! The biggest problem is the sundowner winds which blow regularly when the sun goes down, if you are in a tent...watch out!!! Crazy winds, trust me...CRAZY!!!!

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Goleta, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This park was created solely for the purpose of luring RVs away from other nearby state parks. They tore out all the trees and scrubs and paved over a meadow in order to proved parking for all the snow birds from up north. It is cold & foggy all summer windy in the spring and fall. The only nice time... More 

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