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Gaviota State Park

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Windy but worth a stop

While the campsite has the close intimate feel of a refugee camp, the setting is worth a stop - a... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017
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Great place to watch the sun set on our PCH road trip.

My family made this a short stop on our Pacific Coast Highway road trip. We managed to time it... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
Teresa W
Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Glenn F
Reviewed 9 July 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank vass78
Reviewed 28 February 2018

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

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank gfund
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Cold in December but still a great stop for a nature walk. Saw lots of marine life and few people given the cold (60ish) temps and wind.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Angie T
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

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

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Hot-Tati
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

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

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank MAB1A
Reviewed 9 May 2017

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

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank loli1504
Reviewed 16 January 2017

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

Date of experience: January 2017
2  Thank John A
Reviewed 5 January 2017

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

Date of experience: December 2016
3  Thank Teresa W
Reviewed 6 August 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...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Soobia
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