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Gaviota State Park

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Address: U.S. 101, CA
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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

Reviewed 30 July 2016
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Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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, and an-already-crowded pool of people prevented us from jumping in, but beautiful to go see.... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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68 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 to where the pier started and it was a decent vantage point for watching the... More 

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Thank Teresa W
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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 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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86 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 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 

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Los Angeles, California
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69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 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 

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Thank RockieK
Las Vegas, Nevada
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12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 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 

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Carmichael, California
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 20 July 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 

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Thank AliceHasFaith
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 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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19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 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 

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Bakersfield, California
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48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 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 

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