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About Gaviota State Park Beach in Goleta, California

Gaviota State Park Beach is a south-facing beach below a tall train trestle about 30 miles west of Santa Barbara and 25 miles southeast of Lompoc. Behind the trestle there is a campground, a seasonal camp store, and a day-use parking lot.

The campground is open to tent and RV camping and each camp spot comes with a fire ring and a picnic table. If you plan to camp here, be forewarned that the trestle has been nicknamed the “Ghost Bridge” and people have reported that the ghosts of two young girls roam Gaviota Beach and campground at night. Creepy huh!

A public fishing pier with a boat hoist juts out from the west side of the sandy beach and Gaviota Creek intermittently flows through on the east side. The pier has been damaged by storms and is frequently closed for safety reason so access to the boat hoist could be blocked. This is too bad as boating is the only way to access the nearby beaches of Hollister Ranch. A fishing license is not required if fishing from the pier.

Excellent hiking trails can be found within the state park and in the adjacent lands of Los Padres National Forest. There is even a hot spring, Gaviota Hot Springs, that you can hike to. That trailhead is about 2.5 miles north on the highway from the main park entrance. The campground spaces can be reserved so inquire at the state park website.

Gaviota Beach Rd
Goleta, CA 93117
Park Name
Gaviota State Park, Kashtayit State Marine Conservation Area
Other Names
Gaviota Creek, Canada de la Gaviota, Canada del Barro, Gaviota Pass
State Park
Pet Details
Dogs allowed in the campground but not on the beach or on trails
Fees for parking and camping
Hiking, Backpacking, Mountain Biking, Fishing, Surfing, Beach Walking, Swimming, Camping
Fishing Pier, Campground, Lifeguard, Restrooms, Train Trestle, Picnic Tables, Trails, Hot Springs, Boat Hoist, Accessible Features
Map of Gaviota State Park Beach
Tajiguas, US
5:05 pm, May 19, 2024
temperature icon 68°F
L: 47° H: 68°
Feels like 67.05 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 5 m/s
UV Index: 2.44
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:55 am
Sunset: 7:59 pm
Humidity 63 %
Pressure1015 mb
Wind 5 m/s

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Vista Del Mar Beach

1.5 miles away

Vista Del Mar Beach is a narrow sandy beach between San Onofre Beach and the main beach at Gaviota...

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Hollister Ranch Beaches

3.3 miles away

Hollister Ranch is a large active farming and cattle ranch and private housing community located west of Gaviota State...

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