Cayucos, California

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Cayucos is a census-designated place located on the coast in San Luis Obispo County, California along California State Route 1 between Cambria to the north and Morro Bay to the south. The population was 2,943 at the 2000 census.



Prehistorically the local area was inhabited by the Chumash people, who settled the coastal San Luis Obispo area approximately 11,000 to 10,000 BC, including a large village to the South of Cayucos at Morro Creek.[1]

In 1842, Martin Olivera and Vincente Feliz received the Rancho Moro y Cayucos Mexican land grant. In 1867, Captain James Cass came to Cayucos, and settled on 320 acres (1.29 km2) of this land. Cass began developing the area with his business partner, Captain Ingals.

On December 7, 1987, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771, bound from Los Angeles International Airport to San Francisco, was cruising above the central California coast when a disgruntled USAir employee aboard the plane shot his ex-supervisor, both pilots and then himself, causing the airplane to crash near Cayucos. All 43 aboard perished.  

October 2009, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine listed Cayucos as one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America".[2]


Cayucos is located at 35°26′18″N 120°53′26″W / 35.43833°N 120.89056°W / 35.43833; -120.89056 (35.438390, -120.890647)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.0 km²), of which, 3.1 square miles (8.0 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (11.24%) is water.

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