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Leo Carrillo State Beach Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 79 photos

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Leo Carrillo State Park was named for Leo Carrillo (1880-1961), actor, preservationist and conservationist, who served on the California Beach and Parks commission for eighteen years, and was instrumental in the state's acquisition of the Hearst property at San Simeon.
Carillo is best known by older Americans as the man who played Pancho, the sidekick to Duncan Renaldo's Cisco Kid, an early 1950's TV series. He was also realted to a long line of famous Californians. The park has 1 1/2 miles of beaches for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, surf fishing and beachcombing. You can also explore the tide pools, coastal caves and reefs. There are also facilities for camping, back-country hiking, and nature walks. There is a small visitor center has interpretive displays. During the summer, children's programs are available. The park is open from 7 AM to 10 PM. The gate is locked from 10 PM to 7 AM.

Sports Travel

The beach has good facilities for surfing, sailboarding and parasailing.

People Watching

You can also just relax, meet the people, or just watch the girls walk by.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A More Sedate Family Oriented Beach
  • Cons:A More Sedate Family Oriented Beach
  • In a nutshell:Good to go with the family; but tame for singles
  • Last visit to Leo Carrillo State Beach: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Hi, Jim! It's a wonderful place to visit! .....

  • Tugboatguy's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2007 at 1:20 AM

    Nice take on one of our local beaches-I've cruised by it for many years in my boats. But, how ever did you miss the nearby nude beach at the far southeast shore at foot of the Point Dume bluff?

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    Nice tips, I see you were there in August. You would have found girl watching harder to come by in February when we were there--no bikinis to be seen then!


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