One of the Last Remaining California Beach Towns

Listed as one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America" by Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine in 2009, it is pretty close to impossible to dispute this claim to fame. Cayucos has the feel of a vintage coastal surfing town which has kept its authenticity over the years.

Cayucos is located directly off Highway One between Morro Bay and Cambria. World-famous Hearst Castle lies north less than an hour away. Because of its mild seasons Cayucos is considered by many to be an ideal destination for both summer and winter vacations.

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Holiday Happenings

Each 4th of July, this coastal jewel comes to life with a popular parade, sandcastle competition and day full of celebration leading to the evening fireworks as the grand finale. Each New Year's Day, Cayucos again comes to life with its annual "Polar Dip" swim where thousands head into the cold, winter water. Invigorating to say the least, it's another one of many annual traditions that keeps this such a close-knit community.

Cayucos also hosts a Portuguese Festival each July which offers a direct link to the 1800s when the area was primarily devoted to ranching. Some of the county's oldest families with Swiss-Italian or Portuguese names came from this earlier time and have remained in the area through the generations.

Eclectic Eateries

Downtown offers an eclectic architectural flair synonymous with its cultural history and features antique stores, gift shops, surf and kayak shops, candy and ice cream stores, and fine dining restaurants. A few of the favorites include Hoppe's Bistro, Ruddel's Smokehouse and Cass House Inn and Restaurant, the restored home of Captain James Cass, founder of Cayucos.

Tales from the Tavern

The Old Cayucos Tavern and Card Room is a destination all its own. As a favorite meeting place for visitors and locals alike, it's a great place to play cards, listen to live music, enjoy people watching and play pool. It's an authentic saloon throughout and sounds of frivolity and laughter pour out onto the streets as you pass by. Cayucos and its Old West charm are alive and well.

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Nearby Cass' Wharf is a public pier used for long strolls and fishing. Rock and surf fishing can be enjoyed throughout this area known as Estero Bay. It's a popular place for skin diving, swimming, surfing and sea kayaking. Driftwood collectors and beach walkers enjoy miles of shoreline while dogs race in and out of the surf. With Morro Rock in clear view and merely 5 miles to the south, this stretch of beach is vast and the views are incredible.

Preserving the historically beautiful open space areas surrounding Cayucos is the primary goal of the Cayucos Land Conservancy. Established in 1999, it has been instrumental in preserving the nearby Estero Bluffs (4 miles of coastline north of Cayucos) and other outlying areas. Its work is endless and is another reason this area continues to have such a strong draw.

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Nearby Cass' Wharf is a public pier used for long strolls and fishing. Rock and surf fishing can be enjoyed throughout this area known as Estero Bay. It's a popular place for skin diving, swimming, surfing and sea kayaking. Driftwood collectors and beach walkers enjoy miles of shoreline while dogs race in and out of the surf. With Morro Rock in clear view and merely 5 miles to the south, this stretch of beach is vast and the views are incredible.

Open Space Offerings

Preserving the historically beautiful open space areas surrounding Cayucos is the primary goal of the Cayucos Land Conservancy. Established in 1999, it has been instrumental in preserving the nearby Estero Bluffs (4 miles of coastline north of Cayucos) and other outlying areas. Its work is endless and is another reason this area continues to have such a strong draw.

Residents who live here enjoy activities associated with the Cayucos Art Association, Cayucos Mural Society and Senior Citizens Club with many events hosted at the Cayucos Vet's Hall, found at the entrance to the pier. Cayucos has an elementary school and students head to nearby Morro Bay High School to continue their schooling.

Cayucos translates to "fishing canoe" or "kayak" and was named for the vessels used by the Aleuts who once hunted sea otters along the California Coast. Considered by many to be the last of the California beach towns, it continues to celebrate its history, charm and authenticity. Its small town mentality, popular events and proximity to the vast stretches of coastline continue to make this a favorite central coast destination for residents and visitors alike.