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Vista del Mar - 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, Dog Walking, Tide Pooling

Though often overlooked, the trail down to the beach at Vista del Mar provides access to a quiet stretch of beach and informal trails leading along the bluffs to San Onofre Beach provide the opportunity to create a two mile loop walk.

Beach Walk Details

  • Length : .5 miles east to San Onofre beach; 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. Access to the beach requires going down a steep gully that may require use of your hands for support.
  • UseFees : None
  • Canine : Not appropriate for dogs.


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

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Beach Walk Details

  • Length : .5 miles east to San Onofre beach; 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. Access to the beach requires going down a steep gully that may require use of your hands for support.
  • UseFees : None
  • Canine : Not appropriate for dogs.

Access / Parking

  1. The Vista Del Mar beach access is 7.6 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 parking area is a half mile on your right and a bit hard to spot so look carefully for it.
  5. You will need to follow a rough dirt trail for several hundred yards, cross the railraod tracks and then walk west along the bluffs for a hundred yards or so to a steep trail leading down to the beach.

 


Things to Know

Look carefully for the parking area as it is hard to spot. Be careful crossing the railroad tracks when walking to and from the beach

 

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Last Updated: Monday, November 10, 2014