Pirate's Cove Beach

Pirate's Cove Beach, Avila Beach: Address, Pirate's Cove Beach Reviews: 4/5

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Gregory S
Fresno, CA233 contributions
Outstanding hike
Apr 2021 • Couples
We hiked in from the millionaires houses. It was a great hike. The beach was nice. Hippy lames at the top of the hill living in the parking lot. Everyone was drinking on the beach. Beautiful views.
Written April 16, 2021
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Lex
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Not As Weird or Bad as people Make it seem
Feb 2021 • Friends
I’ve been coming to the beach since I was 16 and now I’m 21. I wouldn’t bring children or family that isn’t into the nude thing. I personally don’t go nude here but the beach is nice and has little to no wind usually. I don’t mind the nudists or bother others while I’m there. There is usually not too many people but when there is beware of drunk and high weirdos. A lot of people go there to “party” but when it is quiet it is worth the small hike and drive. My advice is to stay away when there are too many people. You can tell when you first drive up the mountain and see a line of cars going all the way back from the parking lot that is more of a field of pot holes and ditches. Avoid the parking lot at all costs if you have a low car. Trucks usually can get in and out pretty easily. There is some broken glass on the trail sometimes but not super often. The cave is covered in graffiti but the view is beautiful. My only complaints are the parking lot and lack of trash pick up at the parking lot before the trails. People pick up the beaches usually but end up dumping their trash in a big pile in the front of the trail entrance. I don’t know how it gets taken care of from there. Aside from those the beaches are fairly clean and enjoyable as well as the water.
Written March 13, 2021
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Tresa
88 contributions
Crap and Crime at Pirates Cove
Oct 2020
Sadly there are hundreds of people here on hot days and no facilities leading to crap everywhere and I’m not talking about dog piles. Those are there too.

There is graffiti and trash everywhere, as well as broken glass on the trails - so mind your pups. The area is not policed well and has turned into a haven for drug deals, sugar daddy hookups, partying all hours of the day and night ... and then they get in their cars and drive away drunk - endangering all the surrounding neighbor children and dog walkers. We have seen many people get accosted or nearly hit by belligerent and disrespectful people. Not a family friendly area and beware of the lurkers in the dark at night.

No bathrooms = watch your step.

They need to test the water down there and do something about this. So sad. Used to be a beautiful beach.
Written October 18, 2020
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Al S
55 contributions
Full of trash and ruined now.
Jul 2020
Full of trash, broken bottles,and graffitti now.
I used to go there in the 1980's when i attended Cal Poly.
It was a clean beach and people respected the area.
You wonder why states have state parks with entrance fees.
How tragic, and what a shame that people disrespect and trash a place.
People, why are you doing this?
Is this how you grew up to treat nature this way?
Written August 2, 2020
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Notmelo
Pismo Beach, CA113 contributions
Once upon a time!
Jul 2020 • Solo
This area used to be so pristine. Now, it’s starting to look like it should be a landfill. Garbage everywhere. I know the California Parks and Recreation has submitted numerous plans to improve it, only to get shut down by the Coastal Commission. How unfortunate.
Written July 4, 2020
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Judy B
New Washoe City, NV232 contributions
Overused, not maintained,
Jul 2020 • Friends
If you are into ugly graffiti, trash, too many wired and weird people this is you’re spot. Not worth the effort!
Written July 4, 2020
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OliviahE12
Fresno, CA95 contributions
Underwhelming
Jun 2020
I suppose I do have pretty high beach standards, having grown up in San Diego, so perhaps many won't agree with me, but I really didn't like this area. The path to get there is dirty, some broken glass here and there, full of poison oak. Also an otherwise lovely natural attraction, the cave, is covered in graffiti and the cave itself is full of trash and bits of broken glass. The whole area had a sort of icky feel to me. I would not go here again.

Also, for a beach it has an extremely high amount of kelp/seaweed. I couldn't imagine comfortably swimming in this beach with all the kelp floating in shallow surfaces.
Written June 15, 2020
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The Adventure Buddies
Manhattan Beach, CA621 contributions
Adventure to Pirates Cove
May 2020 • Couples
A beautiful secluded beach that we had no idea was a clothing optional beach! Glass like crystal clear water so pretty but beware! ;)
Written June 3, 2020
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Susan F
83 contributions
Wonderful hike
Jan 2020
Hiked to Pirate's Cove Beach from the Avila Beach pier. On a beautiful day, you might see turkey vultures sunning themselves, other birds at the Bird Santuary, and definitely a highlight at the "Tunnel." We reached the entrance to the tunnel at sunset and it was a view to behold. The lighting, the sea, the view! A real "Wow!" The hike isn't very hard, you can also drive up to the Pirate's Cove Beach, park, and walk to the beach and tunnel.
Written January 8, 2020
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Gordon T
158 contributions
Take this hike and experience the coastline.
Sep 2019
This coastline hike along the Bluffs and down to the beach is a lot of fun. Views are amazing - avoid the clothing optional beach
Written September 19, 2019
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