California Beaches


Cayucos Beach, a State Beach in California

Cayucos Beach is located on California's Central Coast between Morro Bay and San Simeon. The main attractions in Cayucos are Cayucos State Beach and downtown shopping and dining. Cayucos Beach offers a range of activities including surfing, swimming, beachcombing, shoreline and pier fishing, body boarding, windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving. Cayucos Beach is owned by the State of California and managed by SLO (San Luis Obispo) County Parks. The beach is staffed with lifeguards seasonally. Junior Lifeguard training is available during the summer months.

The sandy beach is scattered with pebbles, seaweed, driftwood, and grasses that manage to survive in small patches. The weather is mild in the summer, but can chill to the bone on those winter days when the temperatures hover around the low 60s. The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended. Surfing, swimming, and tidepooling are popular at Cayucos Beach.

There are picnic tables, playground equipment (swings), restrooms, and outside showers available. The pier is lit for night fishing and a fishing license is not required while fishing on the pier.

Lifeguards are on duty during peak summer months. Junior lifeguard training is available through the County Parks of San Luis Obispo.

Things to do:

Stroll Cayucos State Beach and Cayucos Pier

Take a surfing lesson, rent a surfboard & wetsuit, and go surfing.

Fish off the pier for free or buy a license to enjoy the last spot in the north where you may find grunion during the grunion run annually in the spring and summer.

Fly a kite in this ideal spot where the wind provides steady air currents to make kites soar.

Windsurf or kitesurf in ocean currents providing more exciting challenges for those who want to get wet.

Getting there: Highway 1 exits Ocean Boulevard or Cayucos Drive to downtown and the pier.

Where to stay: There are several hotels in Cayucos offering ocean view accommodations. Nothing has arrived in the luxury range, but the creature comforts and ocean waves will lull you to sleep at night.

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