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Address: U.S. 101, CA
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Loud and Crowded During Summer

Check the wind report for sure, as this spot is notorious for catching a swirly gust of the stuff! The center sites are extremely close, so you will be camping with other... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 30, 2016
Los Angeles, California

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

We made a stop here while driving to LA. Ocean views are beautiful however actual beach strip is quite small. On a positive note there is place for camping and some BBQ points for a nice family picnic. There is also a small snack shop and relatively clean public toilets too. But no showers( in working condition). For a parking... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

We parked in the park ($10) but could have saved some money by parking on the road to the right, south/east of the train tracks. The wind caves trail actually starts there. The campground itself is not very attractive, very dusty. The store is very expensive. It's nice to be on the beach when the trains goes by on the... More 

Thank mielvert
Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

Check the wind report for sure, as this spot is notorious for catching a swirly gust of the stuff! The center sites are extremely close, so you will be camping with other families within extremely close proximity. Everyone is really nice though. People start talking loudly promptly at 7am. As of summer 2016, there is construction across the 101, so... More 

Thank RockieK
Las Vegas, Nevada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

Campground is literally just a concrete parking lot with dirt & weeds, and the most expensive!!! Disgusting and dirty - they don't clean up after each person nor the bathrooms or wash station! You will get tar all over your feet and shoes at the beach because it is under the train! The freeway is next to you so you... More 

Thank Zoe M
Carmichael, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

We have camped down the road at El Capitan for decades. It was closed this year due to a fire. Miraculously, all 40+ of us got spots at Gaviota with about a week notice. The beach was gorgeous: flat terrain, short walk to the bathrooms and campsites, not crowded. In the evenings, the wind came up: it was out of... More 

Thank AliceHasFaith
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Upon entry, this place looks like a rundown trailer park. Restrooms were ok and the store is way overpriced (thus, bring your own gear/food). The beach itself makes it worth going especially if you go to the sea cliffs. Nice spots to take pics. The further you go down the sea cliffs the cleaner it gets. It's worth a day... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2016

Don't forget the Gaviota Wind Caves located within the state park. If you are in the mood for a moderately(+) short hike (of course moderate, as in difficulty, is highly subjective), with sweeping views, the Gaviota Wind Caves are a great choice. The caves, primarily sandstone, are interestingly carved, from way too many years than I can count, are worth... More 

Thank Raye54
Bakersfield, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2016

This little gem in the California State parks system is a must see. While it looks small, there are miles and miles of hiking trails that are amazing. The campsites are in close proximity to one another and there are not many trees (if any) on the actual sites. The wind can be brutal, which makes a camping trip challenging.... More 

Thank kimibean
Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for sunset yesterday and it was perfect. I'm told this location is windy but it was not yesterday. The rocks provide someplace to sit, the hillside slate-ish look is interesting and the sunset colors all you ask for. (Note you do have to pay a state park entrance fee to park a car inside the park. I'm... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles 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!

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