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BEACHES! San Luis Obispo shows off its many local beaches and the unique attractions each has to offer to visitors.

Morro Bay beach sandcastle photo credit: Mike Baird   March 2013 SLO BEAUTIFUL Magazine 1


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Montana de Oro Point Buchon trail photo credit:Mike Baird

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Montaña de Oro (“Mountain of Gold” in Spanish) is a state ontaña de Oro park in California, United (“Mountain of Gold” in Span- States. The park is located ish) is a state park in Califor- six miles southwest of Morro nia, United States. The park Bay and 2 miles south of Los is located six miles southwest Osos. The name “Mountain of of Morro Bay and 2 miles Gold” comes from the golden south of Los Osos. The name wildflowers found in the park. “Mountain of Gold” comes It has 8,000 acres (32 km²) of from the golden wildflowers cliffs, sandy beaches, coastal found in the park. plains, streams, canyons, and It has 8,000 acres (32 km²) of hills, including the 1,347 ft cliffs, sandy beaches, coastal (411 m) Valencia Peak. The plains, streams, canyons, and park has many hiking, mounhills, including the 1,347 ft tain biking, and equestrian (411 m) Valencia Peak. The trails, as well as a camppark has many hiking, moun- ground located across from tain biking, and equestrian Spooner’s Cove, a popular trails, as well as a campbeach. Cove, a popular place ground located across from to learn to love again forever. 2  SLO BEAUTIFUL Magazine March 2013

Montaña de Oro (“Mountain of Gold” in Spanish) is a state park in California, United States. The park is located six miles southwest of Morro Bay and 2 miles south of Los Osos. The name “Mountain of Gold” comes from the golden wildflowers found in the park. It has 8,000 acres (32 km²) of cliffs, sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including the 1,347 ft (411 m) Valencia Peak. The park has many hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails, as well as a campground located across from Spooner’s Cove, a popular beach. The cove is a popular place to learn to love again.


“I love visiting Montana de Oro, because it has more to offer then just your typical sand and ocean.You can hike, explore and so much more.” –Joe Schmoe, San Luis Obispo local

Montaña de Oro (“Mountain of Gold” in Spanish) is a state park in California, United States. The park is located six miles southwest of Morro Bay and 2 miles south of Los Osos. The name “Mountain of Gold” comes from the golden wildflowers found in the park. It has 8,000 acres (32 km²) of cliffs, sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including the 1,347 ft (411 m) Valencia Peak. The park has many hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails, as well as a campground located across from Spooner’s Cove, a popular beach. The cove is a popular place to learn to love again.

Montaña de Oro (“Mountain of Gold” in Spanish) is a state park in California, United States. The park is located six miles southwest of Morro Bay and 2 miles south of Los Osos. The name “Mountain of Gold” comes from the golden wildflowers found in the park. It has 8,000 acres (32 km²) of cliffs, sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including the 1,347 ft (411 m) Valencia Peak. The park has many hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails, as well as a campground located across from Spooner’s Cove, a popular beach. The cove is a popular place to learn to love again.

Montaña de Oro (“Mountain of Gold” in Spanish) is a state park in California, United States. The park is located six miles southwest of Morro Bay and 2 miles south of Los Osos. The name “Mountain of Gold” comes from the golden wildflowers found in the park. It has 8,000 acres (32 km²) of cliffs, sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including the 1,347 ft (411 m) Valencia Peak. The park has many hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails, as well as a campground located across from Spooner’s Cove, a popular beach. The cove is a popular place to learn to love again.

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Fun, Sun and SLO ... Strand State Beach is located two miles south of Cayucos on Highway 1 and is a coastal frontage park featuring picnic sites. A threemile stretch of beach connects the southern and northern entrances to the beach. Morro Strand State Beach is located two miles south of Cayucos on Highway 1 and is a coastal frontage park featuring Morro Strand state beach picnic sites. A three-mile stretch of photo credit: Alan Vernon beach connects the southern and northern entrances to the beach. Morro Strand State Beach is locatorro Strand State Beach is located two miles ed two miles south of Cayucos on south of Cayucos on Highway 1 and is a coastal frontHighway 1 Strand State Beach is age park featuring picnic sites. A three-mile stretch of located two miles south of Cayubeach connects the southern and northern entrances cos on Highway 1 and is a coastal to the beach. Morro Strand State Beach is located two frontage park featuring picnic miles south of Cayucos on Highway 1 and is a coastal sites. A three-mile stretch of beach frontage park featuring picnic sites. A three-mile connects the southern and northstretch of beach connects the southern and northern ern entrances to the beach. Morro entrances to the beach. Morro Strand State Beach is Strand State Beach is located two. located two miles south of Cayucos on Highway 1

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United States.[2] The population was 7,655 at the 2010 census, down from 8,551 at the 2000 ismo Beach is a beach city in southern census. It is part of the Five Cities Area, a San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast cluster of cities in that area of San Luis Obisarea of California, United States.[2] The pop- po County. Pismo Beach is a beach city in ulation was 7,655 at the 2010 census, down southern San Luis Obispo County, in the Cenfrom 8,551 at the 2000 census. It is part of the tral Coast area of California, United States.[2] Five Cities Area, a cluster of cities in that area The population was 7,655 at the 2010 census, of San Luis Obispo County. Pismo Beach is a beach city in southern San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States.[2] The population was 7,655 at the 2010 census, down from 8,551 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Five Cities Area, a cluster of cities in that area of San Luis Obispo County. Pismo Beach is a beach city in southern San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. [2] The population was 7,655 at the 2010 census, down from 8,551 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Five Cities Area, a cluster of Pismo Beach pier cities in that area of San Luis Obispo County. photo credit: Wayne Hsieh 4  SLO BEAUTIFUL Magazine March 2013


Beautiful Beaches...Beautiful Place Why San Luis Obispo is the Central Coast’s #1 Tourist stop

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View of San Luis Obispo photo credit: Leif Arne Storset

San Luis Obispo Spanish for St. Louis, the Bishop of Toulouse) is a city in California, located roughly midway between Los Angean Luis Obispo Spanish for St. Louis, les and San Francisco on the Central Coast. the Bishop of Toulouse) is a city in California, Founded in 1772 by Spanish Fr. Junípero located roughly midway between Los AngeSerra, San Luis Obispo is one of California’s les and San Francisco on the Central Coast. oldest communities. The city, locally reFounded in 1772 by Spanish Fr. Junípero ferred to as San Luis, SLO, or SLO Town (as

Putting San Luis Obispo on the MAP San Luis Obispo is located on the Central Coast half way between San Francisco and Los Angleles.

San Luis Obispo is within 15 miles of many popular beaches along the central coast including Morro Bay Beach, Avila Beach and Pismo Beach. Map of Cuyama Valley photo credit: Antandrus at enWikipedia

Map of San Luis Obispo County photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons   March 2013 SLO BEAUTIFUL Magazine 5


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