Ray Ford

Tajiguas Beach

Though little known, this secluded beach is just a few miles north of Refugio

Distance-2 miles east to Refugio beach; 2.5 miles west to Arroyo Hondo Vista Point
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Tajiguas Beach is 1.8 miles beyond (west) of Refugio Beach State Park. Look for a turn around on the freeway 2.1 miles past Refugio. 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. 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. The hike down to the beach is easy but the point may block your access to the west at higher tides.

You’ll need to be in the fast lane to use the turn around. Signal ahead to warn other drivers of your intentions.

Once upon a time there was beach access from the small enclave near the mouth of Tajiguas Canyon but no longer. But the front road serves nearly as well. It is a bit of a hike down to the beach on the rough trail, but once you are there you’ll find a long stretch of wide open sand and plenty of places to set out your gear for the afternoon. You may see a fisherman here and there surf casting.

East of here the cliffs close in and the shore is rocky so the walking is to the west of you. It is a mile of very pleasant walking to the Tajiguas homes, some of them very expensive wood-and-glass beach cottages perched on the cliffs above, others reflecting a more modest style. This would be a very nice place to live.

At lower tides there are plenty rocks to explore and lots of pebble-strewn sections where you can look for shells and pieces of well tumbled glass. I always find a good amount of it here. In all this is a section of beach on which it is easy to go slow and enjoy in a very unhurried fashion.

As you continue along you will notice a series of points and then sea walls closing in on you. This signals that you are approaching the Arroyo Hondo area and have come almost two and a half miles! You will find the walk back just as pleasant. I love doing this in the late afternoon when the sun is drifting across the horizon and the yellow glow of the sun creates a very mellow feeling.

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