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Gaviota State Park

U.S. 101, CA
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Ranked #4,436 of 5,001 Attractions in California
Type: State Parks
Most recent review
- Aug 22, 2014
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60 reviews 60 reviews
3 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 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

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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
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
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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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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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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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