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Gaviota State Park

U.S. 101, CA
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Ranked #4,267 of 4,886 attractions in California
Type: State Parks
Most recent review
- Apr 21, 2014
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Pomona, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Buellton
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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
1 review
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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Los Olivos, Ca
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21 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

No real place to surf here, but Gaviota is great for a walk at low tide, with miles of pristine sand and sandstone. The ancient beach of millions of years ago is still there, as sandstone tilted on end, reaching for the sky, almost vertical to today's sand. Watch for fossils. A pier here was one of the early SY... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We thought we could go camping on the beach in November without reservations - what a mistake! Leo Carrillo, Sycamore, Thornhill Broom, Carpinteria, El Capitan, Refugio, all full. Then we got to Gaviota. Hooray! There was room. It was a little expensive, $35 for one night, but we loved it! We walked out on the pier and saw live starfish... More

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Newcastle,Wyoming
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4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

There used to be many more campsites but they paved them all over and took out all of the rows of trees that were used as windbreaks. There are very few trees left in the park. Gaviota is a very windy place and always has been . Beachcombing is limited due to the proximity of the bluffs.There is no privacy... More

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Redlands, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
29 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We are novice hikers. THis hike was recommended by a coworker. They said that there were some areas that were a bit steep. I thought it would have been nice to have been a mountain goat for this one. It was doable for sure, but I would not recommend it for children or people not in fairly good shape. From... More

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Graz, Austria
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

This was the worst and most expensive campground we saw during our 4 weeks California trip. We did stay for 2 nights and had to pay $ 45 per night + $ 8 reservation fee. For that we got high noise level (freeway + train + some nice campers starting their truck in the middle of the night for de-aerating... More

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