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I was intrigued by the pictures that showed a railway bridge running behind the beach. The detour off PCH was not far, so we drove down to the car park, and walked on to the beach. It was nice enough, but unfortunately we stepped in...More
I stopped at this beach for a short time in the middle of November. The afternoon probably hit 80. The camp store and the entry post were closed, but I paid $10 at a machine. There were only a few people there. It was a...More
We came here during a heat wave and the wind was actually a plus for us. The location is remote yet easy to get to. It's about $10 to park - so pack that car if you can. The water is really, really cold so...More
The Gaviota Wind Caves is a moderate 2.5 mile round-trip hike. There are some steeper sections and some loose stones to navigate around. However, if you are in decent shape, and take your time, you will be rewarded with some outstanding views. I highly recommend...More
Gaviota State Park is a state park of California, USA. It is located in southern Santa Barbara County, California, about 33 miles (53 km) west of the city of Santa Barbara. It extends from the Pacific coast to the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and is adjacent to Los Padres National Forest. The 2,787-acre park...More
While the campsite has the close intimate feel of a refugee camp, the setting is worth a stop - a cute little beach, it's own towering railway trestle and a very worthwhile walk up to the wind caves. Not sure it is a constant feature,...More
We stay at the Gaviota State Park campground at the very last night of our 3 weeks cruise around USA. By far, this was the most expensive campground we´ve been to during our stay. 52 dollars is really not a reasonable price for what you...More
Gaviota State Park has a bunch of different hikes you can do, but we chose to hike Gaviota Hot Springs and then continue upwards to Gaviota Peak (via Fire Road). The hot springs are very cool to see, and smell with sulphur. Luke warm water,...More
My family made this a short stop on our Pacific Coast Highway road trip. We managed to time it perfectly so that we arrived just in time to watch the sun set. The pier was closed when we were there, but you could walk up...More
Any natural outdoor hot springs along Big Sur/PCH??? (5 Replies)
Hello. We are all set for our PCH trip San Fran > San Diego - April 27-May 1. I was just wondering if there are any natural outdoor hot springs (not hotels) along the way? Gaviota State Park was the only one I found that looked like it was outdoors in a natural setting. We will have our 4 year old baby girl with us, so would have to keep that in mind. Thank you as always!
April 24, 2018|
There is one way up in the mountains of Big Sur, which still may be closed due to a fire 2 years ago. It's like a 10 mile hike. That's the only natural setting I'm aware of. Anything else had had the stamp of man put on it. Do be aware that there is a road closure on the south end of Big Sur that will prevent you from driving straight down the coast. You'll have to detour back up to Monterey and cut over to Salinas to pick up Highway 101 to continue southward.
New York City, New York
Santa Barbara, CA to Solvang, CA (4 Replies)
Hi! My boyfriend and I are going on vacation to Santa Barbara next week. We will be there for a full week. We want to visit some spots outside of Santa Barbara like Downtown Solvang, Gaviota State Park, and the Cold Springs Trail in Montecito. I'm not familiar with public transportation in the area. Will we be able to get to these locations easily via public transportation or would you recommend renting a car for the week?
November 18, 2017|
Rent a car. This area of California doesn't have the best public transportation system. We're more car centric here. It will be easier to get around to where you want to go by self driving. Solvang is good for an hour or two. Would hate to see you get stuck there for hours until the next bus comes through.