Cayucos State Beach

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Cayucos State Beach
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Location San Luis Obispo County, California, United States
Nearest city Cayucos, California
Coordinates 35°26′51″N120°54′15″W / 35.44750°N 120.90417°W / 35.44750; -120.90417 Coordinates: 35°26′51″N120°54′15″W / 35.44750°N 120.90417°W / 35.44750; -120.90417
Area16 acres (6.5 ha)
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Cayucos State Beach is a protected beach in the state park system of California, United States. It is located in Cayucos, San Luis Obispo County. The sandy beach environment supports uses of swimming and surfing. [1] Prehistorically this general area of the central coast was inhabited by the Chumash people, who settled the coastal San Luis Obispo area approximately 10,000 to 11,000 BCE, including a large village to the south of Cayucos at Morro Creek. [2] The 16-acre (6.5 ha) park was established in 1940. [3]


Cayucos State Beach at Sunset
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Cayucos State Beach and the Cayucos Pear at Sunrise

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