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Morro Strand State Beach

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

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Morro Strand State Beach

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  • One of the many access points to Morro Strand.- Morro Strand State Beach
  • View of the beach from the campground.- Morro Strand State Beach
  • Looking north along the beach to Estero Bluffs in the distance.- Morro Strand State Beach
  • Morro Rock is near the southern end of the beach.- Morro Strand State Beach
  • Birds along Morro Strand State Beach.- Morro Strand State Beach
  • Morro Strand is a great beach to relax or surf.- Morro Strand State Beach
  • Morro Strand Beach.- Morro Strand State Beach
  • Morro Strand State Beach.- Morro Strand State Beach
  • The kids will love this beach.- Morro Strand State Beach
  • Overlooking the north end of the beach.- Morro Strand State Beach
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Pros: 
Wide, flat beach. Many access points.
Cons: 
Popular in the summer.
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Region:
Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Morro Strand State Beach is a long and wide stretch of sandy beach that includes what used to be Atascadero State Beach. The beach stretches unobstructed from Morro Creek, just north of Morro Rock, nearly 3 miles to Cayucos. There are several entry points along the beach, with the major ones being the parking areas on either side of Morro Creek on Embarcadero, at Cloisters Community Park, at Yerba Buena Street where the campground is located, and at the Cayucos Dog Beach at the north end.

Popular with locals and visitors alike, the beach is great for boogie boarding, surfing, fishing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, beach walking and sunbathing. Unfortunately for dog lovers, they are not allowed on the beach (but  they are allowed on Morro Rock Beach to the south and the aptly-named Cayucos Dog Beach to the north).

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