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San Onofre Beach - Gaviota Coast

The Best Beach Walks in Gaviota & Fun Things to do in Gaviota

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Overview

Mileage: 1-3 mi • Region: Gaviota Coast

Things to do: Beach Walking, Tide Pooling

From the small parking lot along Highway 101, a small, inconspicuous trail leads down to the mouth of San Onofre Creek. A beautiful cream-colored obelisk marks the start of the beach. Though you’ll need a tide of +3 or lower to explore very far, this secluded beach provides access to 3-mile-long shuttle walks in either direction, west to Gaviota State Park or east to Arroyo Hondo Trestles.

Beach Walk Details

  • Length : 3 miles east to the Arroyo Hondo trestles (Vista Point); .5 miles to the Vista Del Mar beach access; 2.5 miles west to Gaviota Beach.
  • Tide Notes : Low tides - 2.5 or lower - required to go very far in either direction.
  • Cautions : You have to cross the railroad tracks.
  • UseFees : None
  • Canine : Not appropriate for dogs except at very low tides due to rocky nature of the coastline.


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Beach Regions: Gaviota Coast
Beach Activities : Beach Walking , Tide Pooling

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Beach Walk Details

  • Length : 3 miles east to the Arroyo Hondo trestles (Vista Point); .5 miles to the Vista Del Mar beach access; 2.5 miles west to Gaviota Beach.
  • Tide Notes : Low tides - 2.5 or lower - required to go very far in either direction.
  • Cautions : You have to cross the railroad tracks.
  • UseFees : None
  • Canine : Not appropriate for dogs except at very low tides due to rocky nature of the coastline.

Access / Parking

  1. San Onofre Beach is 7 miles beyond (west of) Refugio Beach.
  2. Continue to the Mariposa Reina turnoff (8 miles from Refugio).
  3. Cross the freeway, then head back towards Refugio (east) on the freeway.
  4. The beach is 1.2 miles and is marked by a wide dirt area for parking.

 


Things to Know

Be careful crossing the railroad tracks when walking to and from the beach. San Onofre is known as a “clothing optional” beach, which means that you may encounter nudists here. If this offends you, there are many other beaches from which to choose.

 

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Last Updated: Monday, November 10, 2014