Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
02/01/2014 4.05 Refugio State Beach California Mid, USA West
Dove here twice since beginning of year, the lack of rain and storms helped the visibility, we had 20-30'. Ridges of shale by the point and south of campground make great reefs. Lots of Purple urchins, so you may want gloves. Great facilities, you can camp here, kids can play on the beach, hot showers right there. $10 daily parking.
01/19/2014 3.03 Gaviota State Beach California Mid, USA West
Went Snorkeling here just yesterday. Water entry is easy, just be careful of the random rouge wave that comes in. Bottom is mostly just sand with Sand Dollar beds. Pier has lots of urchins and various anemones on it. Shallow reefs to north of pier have lots of fish in about 10' of water. Fisherman cast their lines into the kelp so take care, you may need a knife. Got tangled in fishing line twice and it was a bit hairy, had to remove fin to free myself. Note that the bathrooms and campgrounds are closed due to some type of water issue currently, which means no shower, porta-potty only. Ranger lady said they hope to have it fixed by April, 2014. IF they were fixed, having a hot shower right next to the beach would be quite nice. Great beach for kids, sea caves and tide pools on the north side of the pier. We have had a wonderfully non-stormy winter, so visibility may have usually awesome, but it was 30' sometimes in the open water, which I think is pretty good for this site.