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Ray's 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, Running, Hiking, Dog Walking, Tide Pooling, Surfing, Swimming

Tajiguas is accessible from the west via the Arroyo Hondo Trestles rest area or further east towards Refugio Beach along a frontage road. Though private property doesn’t allow direct access, the Tajiguas beachfront allows for long, leisurely walks along sandy beaches interspersed with rocky outcrops that provide a scenic contrast.

Beach Walk Details

  • Length : 2 miles east to Refugio beach; 2.5 miles west to Arroyo Hondo Vista Point.
  • Tide Notes : You can venture quite a ways in either direction at 2.5 tides or lower.
  • Cautions : You have to cross the railroad tracks which can be very dangerous, especially with kids. There are several routes down to the beach, all with steep banks to descend. Make sure you can find the route back up once you head back to your car.
  • UseFees : None
  • Canine : It is difficult to manage dogs given the railroad crossing and steep descent to the beach.


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Beach Regions: Gaviota Coast
Beach Activities : Beach Walking , Running , Hiking , Dog Walking , Tide Pooling , Surfing , Swimming

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Beach Walk Details

  • Length : 2 miles east to Refugio beach; 2.5 miles west to Arroyo Hondo Vista Point.
  • Tide Notes : You can venture quite a ways in either direction at 2.5 tides or lower.
  • Cautions : You have to cross the railroad tracks which can be very dangerous, especially with kids. There are several routes down to the beach, all with steep banks to descend. Make sure you can find the route back up once you head back to your car.
  • UseFees : None
  • Canine : It is difficult to manage dogs given the railroad crossing and steep descent to the beach.

Access / Parking

  1. Tajiguas Beach is 1.8 miles beyond (west) of Refugio Beach State Park.
  2. Look for a turn around on the freeway 2.1 miles past Refugio.
  3. Cross the freeway and turn right on the frontage road and go .6 miles west until it ends near a railroad crossing. A steep trail leads down to the beach.
  4. You can find easier beach access by turning back towards Refugio State Park, going .3 miles on the freeway to a large dirt parking area and access to Ray's Beach.
  5. The hike down to the beach is easy but the point may block your access to the west at higher tides or keep you from going too far towards Refugio.

 


Things to Know

You’ll need to be in the fast lane to use the turn around spot to cross over onto the frontage road on the beach side of the freeway. Signal ahead to warn other drivers of your intentions. You need to cross the railraod tracks to get to the beach.

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Last Updated: Monday, November 10, 2014