Relax and enjoy life
CAYUCOS TRAVEL GUIDE – A quiet town, Cayucos invites folks to slow down, smell the ocean air, pick up sand dollars and never take life for granted. The broad main street recalls the days of stagecoaches and cowboys, and the Saloon is still a great place for after-hours drinks. You can also play a game of pool or a hand of poker there. For a drink with a view, try Schooner’s across the street.
The livery station gave way to Nelson’s Garage, but the Cayucos Barbershop still keeps coiffures in order. Cayucos is a town in tune with its past, but is also preparing for its future.
Cayucos is the number one destination on the Central Coast for antique shoppers, and a great place to just cool down and get away from the heat. It is the perfect beachside town for renting a beach house and enjoying a week of sand castles, sunsets and relaxation.
Tourism is the local economy’s largest industry, and Cayucos offers many nice hotels and beach house rentals for the weary traveler. Use this Cayucos visitors guide as your source of tourist information for this cozy seaside resort town.
Cayucos State Beach & Pier
The coastline has several access points. Cayucos State Beach has free parking, bathrooms, showers at the pier. The pier is lit for night fishing. Nearby you will find surfboards, wetsuits, kayaks and lessons available. Great childrens playground and volleyball.
Its hard to miss all the lovely antique shops in downtown Cayucos. There is a lot of fun to be had and treasures to be found when exploring the nooks and crannies of these fine shops.
American Pie Antiques – Expect the unexpected at the corner of Ocean Ave and 9th St. in non-glitzy Cayucos. Operating since 1972. Now open Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by chance. 890 S. Ocean Ave., Cayucos. (805) 995-1101.
McLean Jewelry Design – Handmade gold, silver and platinum jewelry, gemstones from around the world. Tahitian, South Sea and fresh water pearls, jade, diamond engagement, wedding and anniversary rings. Mens stainless jewelry. Owner Tim McLean has over 36 years experience in jewelry design. 180 N. Ocean Ave., mcleanjewelry.com, (805) 995-1212.
On the Beach Bed and Breakfast is one of the best places to stay in Cayucos. It’s located on the sand next to the pier. Ocean view rooms are available. 181 North Ocean Ave., Cayucos. (805) 995-3200.
Year-round events in Cayucos
Along with the annual 4th of July festivities, which bring thousands into this coastal jewel with the sights and sounds of parades, live music and fireworks, there are plenty of other events that take place in Cayucos throughout the year. At the base of the pier lies the local Veterans Hall which serves as the host for many fundraisers, artistic venues and special events.
Cayucos hosts a Portuguese Festival each July which offers a direct link to the 1800s when the area was primarily devoted to ranching and dairy farming. 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.
Each New Year’s Day, Cayucos again comes to life with its annual “Polar Dip” swim where thousands head together into the brisk water. Invigorating to say the least, it’s another one of many annual traditions that keeps this such a close-knit community.
Preserving the historically picturesque 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 magnificent area continues to have such a strong draw.
Cayucos Travel Guide stories
Top things to do when visiting Cayucos, CA
- Discover romance in Cayucos
- Harmony Headlands State Park is a fun hike
- Kiteboarding — Wind-powered fun
- Explore The Tidepools
Fun on the beach
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