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Cayucos State Beach

Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, California

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Cayucos State Beach

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  • Playground at Cayucos Beach.- Cayucos State Beach
  • Memorial sculpture at the base of the pier.- Cayucos State Beach
  • Cayucos pier.- Cayucos State Beach
  • Looking north from the pier.- Cayucos State Beach
  • Surfers at Cayucos State Beach.- Cayucos State Beach
  • What a ride!- Cayucos State Beach
  • Looking back toward the town of Cayucos from the pier.- Cayucos State Beach
  • Morro Rock in the distance.- Cayucos State Beach
  • Cayucos beach facilities with a mural.- Cayucos State Beach
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Pros: 
Very accessible beach. Close to town. Good beginner surf spot.
Cons: 
Extremely popular.
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Region:
Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, CA
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Pebbly beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

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The town of Cayucos is a true beach town, and the state beach is the prime attraction. Where Cayucos Drive meets the ocean there is a large public pier, restroom facilities, a playground, and a long stretch of beautiful beach.  This is a popular surfing spot for locals and visitors alike, and it is one of the few places in California where surfers can make a water entry by jumping off the pier either with or after their boards, avoiding the long paddle out to the breaking waves. It is fun to walk out on the pier and watch the surfers from very close range. The beach is wide and long, and there are lifeguards in the summer. Along the beach are many places to eat, including a very popular smoked fish taco stand that always has a long line.

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