A popular spot for swimming, picnicking and surf fishing, Gaviota State Park is located off route 101, 33 miles west of Santa Barbara. A pier on the west end of the beach is used by anglers and scuba divers, and surfers use use a boat hoist on the pier to access the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel. A steep trail leads hikers to upland portions of the park. Camping on a first-come, first-served basis in a small campground accommodates tents or trailers up to 25'. Winter flooding may occasionally close park. Phone (805) 968-1033 for more information.
March 2014: The pier is closed until further notice due to severe damage from recent storms.
The day-use area includes beach access, pier access, park store, restrooms, picnic area, and picnic tables on the beach. There are 5 accessible picnic tables and barbecues adjacent to the park store. The accessible restroom includes an outdoor rinsing shower. There is an accessible route to the beach with accessible tables. These tables are not anchored and can be moved if needed. Call ahead for additional information.
A beach wheelchair is available. Contact the Camp Host at site #38 to reserve it.
Combination restrooms with showers in campground have accessible toilets and usable showers. The showers may require assistance reaching controls from folding benches.