GROVER BEACH CALIFORNIA - PHOTOS, INFORMATION, LOCATION


In the heart of California's Central Coast region lies a beautiful sand beach and lush, rolling hills that make up the City of Grover Beach. This small city, which is located  92 miles north of Santa Barbara and 150 miles south of Monterey in San Luis Obispo County. covers 2.25 square miles.  Not far from the Pismo Outlet, it offers a convenient Amtrak train stop, a post office, stores, shops and restaurants.

 

Grover Beach provides for a unique quality of life for its 12,200 residents and draws approximately one million tourists per year with its moderate coastal climate, drive-on beach, and diverse recreational opportunities. Activities such as dune hiking, fishing, clamming, golfing, horseback riding, wine tasting, a skate park and off-road vehicle riding are just some of the activities. A new Multimodal Facility (train station) located at 150 Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) currently provides Amtrak rail service with two daily stops. Also available are two daily round trips of San Diegan connecting buses to destinations in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties. 

Skate Park is a beautiful 13,234 square foot facility with a nice bowl area for skateboarding. Free to the public, skateboarding and  in-line skating are the only sports permitted in this state-of-the-art outdoor park located in the 1700 block of Ramona Avenue between 16th Street and Oak Park Boulevard. The Park is open daily until sunset.

 

History of Grover Beach: In 1887 D.W.  (Dwight William) Grover founded Grover City. The 35-year old lumber man from Santa Cruz purchased the land from Michael Price, founder or Pismo Beach for approximately $23K. Like Price's Pismo, Grover hoped to build a a hotel and railroad station near the beach.  Calling it the place where the tide lands and the rails meet, his attempts to get a rail stop failed when Southern Pacific Railroad built a station at Oceano less than 3 miles away.

Like so many developers along the California coast during this time after the Mexican government relinquished rights to California and it became a U.S. state (in 1850), D.W. Grover laid out streets in a grid pattern, hoping to sell lots. He gave the streets names of popular beaches of the time and set aside land for a train depot, a hotel and a city park, promoting Grover City as the "grandest summer and winter seaside resort on the Pacific Coast".

 

Unlike areas where growth happened more rapidly through the discovery of oil, establishment of a deep sea port or proximity to an established city such as Los Angeles or San Francisco, it took nearly 50 years for Grover to see any substantial growth. Horace V. Bagwell purchased 1100 acres in 1935 and created a new marketing ploy, calling the area the "home of the average man", with land prices in the working man's range. Timing his project with the end of the Depression, he provided a place for families to find affordable housing and things starting taking off as World War II ended in the mid-1940's.

Grover was incorporated on December 21, 1959 and officially renamed as Grover Beach in 1992. In 1996 Amtrak began rail service with two daily stops at a newly constructed train station at 150 Grand Avenue at Pacific Coast Highway. The station, pictured above, is one of the most eye-catching structures in the City of Grover Beach.

 

 

Arroyo Grande< Grover Beach > Oceano

 

Grover Beach, California

Information: (805) 489-9091
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