Welcome to Cayucos

Hit the waves (or the sand) at Cayucos State Beach. With six miles of white sand beach that stretch to the famous Morro Rock, Cayucos State Beach starts in the charming seaside town of Cayucos and is one of the best in California for surfing, swimming, tidepooling, and soaking up the sun. The beach boasts nearby parking, picnic facilities, outdoor showers and restrooms, as well as easy access. The Cayucos Pier was constructed in 1872 by Captain James Cass, and is a remnant from the days when Cayucos represented an important commercial port for ships sailing from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Rebuilt in 2015, the 982-foot pier remains a favorite spot for fishing, taking in epic Pacific Coast sunsets, and even whale-watching.

The population of Cayucos is about 3,000. Despite its small size, Cayucos has an eating establishment to meet everyone’s palate, from a chowder house to five-star dining. You’ll also find fabulous antique stores, surf shops with handcrafted boards, and locally owned gift stores. For children, there are three play areas designed just for them including, picnic tables, barbecues, and a paid lifeguard during the summer. There’s even a fresh water swimming pool in the summer near Hardie Park and two lighted tennis courts, located a short walk away from the pier. Grownups looking for a bit of “spice” will find that “in spades” if you’ll forgive the pun, at The Old Cayucos Tavern, a historic bar with card-playing rooms, pool tables, dancing, and some of the best live music around.

Things to do in Cayucos

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Where to Stay in Cayucos

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A small family owned and operated motel located in the heart of downtown Cayucos, California. Enjoy the small town atmosphere in the clean, comfortable rooms that make this motel so unique. More Details
Just one block from one of Central California's most uncrowded beaches on Estero Bay, Cayucos Beach Inn is a quiet respite halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. More Details
This cozy, oceanfront charmer, with breathtaking views and space for up to eight lucky guests, has a fenced yard, a furnished patio, and stairs that lead right down to the sand and surf of the neighboring beach. More Details
To the west you see the stunning Pacific Ocean, to the east you see rolling green hills with cattle grazing, and in the center you realize why BudgetTravel voted Cayucos 'America's Coolest Small Town.'  More Details
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Events in Cayucos

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Jul
17
FARMstead ED Open Farm Day
July 17, 2021
From: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
San Luis Obispo
This event is great for visitors and locals alike! Local family farms will be swinging open their gates to welcome visitors to tour, taste, and learn more about our local AgriCULTURE. SLO CAL is filled with so many different kinds of experiences that will feed your senses and connect you with friendly people and their […]
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Jul
24
Festival Mozaic
July 24 to July 31, 2021
San Luis Obispo County
The Festival Mozaic summer concert series takes place every summer throughout the county
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Sep
18
Estero Bluffs Clean-Up
September 18, 2021
Cayucos
Once a year the CLC hosts the Estero Bluff Clean-Up for locals and visitors during the California Coastal Clean-Up day
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Oct
9
Open Studios Art Tour
October 09 to October 17, 2021
San Luis Obispo County
Free to the public, fine artists and crafters open their studios to showcase their art and share their process.
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Where to Eat in Cayucos

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Not just a specialty coffee shop set back in a lush garden ambiance, Luna offers specialty cakes and desserts that will have you over the moon! More Details
Featured in the New York Times, this sister-owned cookie company is nationally known for its signature sea salt cookie More Details
Here's where you'll find Owner & Chef, "Smoker Jim" Ruddell's unique, savory, and indescribably delicious smoked foods. More Details
Jeniece Grimshaw, owner and operator of Bijou Bakery, is a classically trained pastry chef with a Californian approach fused with French technique. More Details
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More to Explore on Highway 1

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