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Gaviota State Park

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Address: U.S. 101, CA
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Visit Was A Mixed Bag

Our visit to this park was a mixed bag. The beach was a disappointment. However, the railroad trestle was truly an engineering marvel!

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
Lorin G
Saint Louis, Missouri

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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266 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Our visit to this park was a mixed bag. The beach was a disappointment. However, the railroad trestle was truly an engineering marvel!

1 Thank Lorin G
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

Family and I went there yesterday to bbq but it was too windy and cold. The lady officer that was there was really nice and helpful. We did bbq but ended up leaving early.

Thank Alma R
Williams Lake, Canada
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We visited this beach 2 over our week long stay. Moderate waves, kids tried body boarding. Sandy beach with minimal rocks. Can walk a km or two along the beach to the south during lower tide. Picnic tables at the beach to store your stuff and eat at. Pier was closed due to damage in a storm last year.

1 Thank Brick_Tamblin
Boise, Idaho
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46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

There was a sign at the fee booth that said there were no refunds given for wind. We did find the beach area to be very windy, but the campground wasn't too bad. (I think that can be variable.) While there, we saw porpoises feeding off shore and also spotted a couple of whales spouting. It was terrific.

1 Thank CaseyOConnell
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141 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This is a great little spot, perfect for families. We swung by this place, wondering what it was and were pleasantly surprised. There's an old pier and some pretty rock formations for the photographers (if that's what you like to do). There's bathrooms, showers, camping, an old railway bridge. It's awesome.

3 Thank Jafarmer
Rainier, Oregon
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604 reviews
229 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
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 ..."

1 Thank Kalamariverrat
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

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 

3 Thank treike
Fremont, California
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3,542 reviews
2,300 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,960 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 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 

3 Thank mini
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61 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 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 

Thank simonlovell100
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

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 

3 Thank Boots J

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