Though little known, the secluded Tajiguas Beach is just 1.5 miles northbound of popular Refugio State Beach. Tajiguas Beach is a fairly wide beach at the mouth of Tajiguas Creek, 25 miles west of Santa Barbara. At low tide the Tajiguas beachfront allows for long, leisurely walks along sandy beaches interspersed with rocky outcrops that provide a scenic contrast. If the tide is low enough to allow it, you can explore a smaller, hidden cove 700 feet to the right (when facing the water). Parking for Tajiguas Beach can be found along the southbound 101 freeway.

  • Amenities: No Facilities
  • Activities: Beach Walking, Surfing

Tajiguas Beach can have very big surf when there is a solid swell from the west. Arroyo Quemada Beach is the nearest beach to the north and Refugio State Beach is the nearest beach to the south.


From Santa Barbara take the 101 freeway northbound to Refugio Road and then continue another 2 miles to the very next, unmarked, intersection. Turn around and head back southbound and park in the large pullout next to the train tracks. The trail to Tajiguas Beach is on the very right side (as you face the beach) of the pullout. Walk across the railroad tracks and down the trail to the sand.