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Address: U.S. 101, CA
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Whoa, Windy, But Amazing Wildlife!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
CaseyOConnell
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Boise, Idaho
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Boise, Idaho
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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.

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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.

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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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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

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

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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