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Gaviota State Park
10 Refugio Beach Road
Goleta, California 93117
Voice: 805-968-1033

This beautiful California beach is a nice place to visit for a relaxing day. The calm water is perfect to enjoy a peaceful swim. Gaviota Beach is a great place to go if you are looking to escape the hassle of everyday life. It offers a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to enjoy a happy worry-free day.

Gaviota State Park takes its name from the Spanish word for seagull, given to the area by soldiers of the Portola Expedition who supposedly killed a seagull while camping here in 1769.  Marked by a tall Southern Pacific railroad trestle that crosses Gaviota Creek high above the day-use parking lot, the park is a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, surf fishing and camping, despite high winds that often blow through the area. A pier on the west end of the beach is used by anglers, and scuba divers and surfers use a boat hoist on the pier to access the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel. Visitors can explore the rugged upland portions of the park from a trailhead in the parking area. Ambitious hikers can climb to Gaviota Peak that offers a spectacular view of the coast and the Channel Islands.

 


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