Sandy beach
Hike-in Required
Snorkeling / SCUBA
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Gaviota State Park Beach lies in the main area of Gaviota State Park, which consists of a day use area, a campground, and not far from some of the park's hiking trail system.

Beside a spacious parking area which also has picnic tables and grills on a patio, bathrooms and showers, and a small market that is open during peak tourist season, Gaviota State Park Beach is a sandy shore bordered by two bluffs. A railroad trestle crosses above the edge of the beach, effectively separating the beach from the parking and day use area. 

A wooden fishing pier with a boat lift at the end stands at the western edge of the beach. The boat lift system costs $8 to use, with this being the only way to access several other nearby beaches. [As of 2021, the pier and boat lift remains in a damaged state and is closed to all visitors]

As an aside point of interest, the train trestle is rumored to be haunted, with visitors having claimed to have seen the ghosts of two girls in white dresses at night.

Dogs are permitted on leash in the day use parking area and campground, however are not allowed on the beach at all. Lifeguards are present during the summer months. Visitors should also be careful of tar deposits on the rocks and sand that can stick to you and your possessions.

There is a $10 fee per vehicle to enter the state park area. The day use area and beach are open from 7am to Sunset daily.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Day use fee

Open Year-round



Scenic. Access to boat lift.


Amenities only open seasonally. Tar deposits on sand and rocks.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions


Picnic tables
Boat ramp(s)
Flushing toilets
Family friendly
Potable water


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