Santa Barbara > Activity Guide > Beaches > Gaviota State Beach

Pros: Most people - even long time Santa Barbarans -  don't even know this beach is here. It is a ways out of the city - 33 miles west of Santa Barbara to be exact.

This is a great beach for the surprise element.  You actually have to walk under the train trestle to get to the sand.  The day we were there it was quiet because of a serious wind advisory - this stretch of the coast is famous for it. 

If the swimming and fishing don't get you, the hike to Gaviota Hot Springs might!

Cons: The wind can get pretty wild along this stretch of the coast.  Except on the hottest of Santa Barbara days, you will probably wear a coat here rather than a swim suit.

Facilities: Camping, restrooms, fishing pier, hiking trails food service and parking.

Directions: Take the 101N from Santa Barbara until you come to signs for Gaviota State Park.  Be very careful, however, if you are going northbound as you will be crossing oncoming highway traffic!