Things To Do In Cayucos

Cayucos itself is home to an almost endless list of things to keep you busy on your vacation, from strolling the pier to shopping our antique stores and enjoying the fresh local seafood cuisine. Fishing is allowed from the pier, and surf fishing is becoming popular as well.

Water enthusiasts can take advantage of the multitude of water sports, from kayaking and boogie boarding to traditional surfing, windsurfing or kite boarding. More relaxing beach adventures near the water are always available as well, like exploring the many tide pools, beachcombing, or just running your dog on the leash-free dedicated dog beach. Horses are allowed on the beach as well. In the evening, many visitors enjoy toasting marshmallows over bonfires and watching the stars come out.

If you’re ready to explore back on dry land, check out the unique boutiques and antique stores in Cayucos, or just take a break at any of the local salons and spas. Kids will love our playgrounds and community library, and the skate park is perfect for older kids. Adults can take advantage of the numerous area wineries, and enjoy a taste of what Cayucos has to offer.

  • The Abalone Farm (2 miles from Cayucos)

    Interested in seeing everything that goes into growing abalone? The Abalone Farm was developed in Cayucos for the California Red Abalone. Check out the tour schedule on their website to get a behind the scenes journey that gives both kids and adults a glimpse into the sustainable aquaculture environment. It's a great opportunity for students and the curious alike!

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  • Estero Bluffs State Park; Hiking Trail (3 miles from Cayucos)

    Estero Bluffs State Park is located north of Cayucos and west of Highway One. The park is approximately 355 acres consisting of grassland-dominated coastal terrace that slopes from Highway One to the Pacific Ocean. The park's rich diversity of habitat types includes marine, inter-tidal, estuarine, riverine, coastal salt marsh, freshwater marsh, coastal and riparian scrub and grassland. This area provides a natural habitat for a number of endangered species including the snowy plover. No pets please!

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  • Morro Bay (5 miles from Cayucos)

    Morro Bay holds a long-standing history as a thriving seaport with beautiful ocean views and a tranquil yet productive estuary. From the multitudes of bird species to the dozens of timid harbor seals, Morro Bay has been the home for a wide variety of marine life. The Embarcadero in Morro Bay has a variety of activities including visits to oyster farms, boat tours, restaurants and shopping. Contact the Chamber of Commerce online at for additional information.

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  • Harmony Headlands; Hiking Trail (6 miles from Cayucos)

    Harmony Headlands State Park is located 2.6 miles south of Harmony, along the west side of Highway One. This area has a Mediterranean climate consisting of warm dry summers and cool wet winters. Its proximity to the ocean also results in thick coastal fogs which help to moderate the temperatures. The flat coastal terraces, valleys and steep coastal bluffs are predominately home to grasslands and coastal scrub containing plants such as a San Luis Obispo morning glory, California buttercup, yarrow and lupine. In the spring, flowering grasses can be seen in profusion. No pets please!

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  • Harmony, CA (9 miles from Cayucos)

    Formerly a community of dairy farms, Harmony currently boasts Harmony Glassworks, Harmony Cellars, and a pottery studio. A creamery operated in this location from 1869 until mid- 1955. This quaint and enchanting town off of Highway 1 north of Cayucos currently has 18 residents and 1 state park.

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  • Morro Rock State Preserve (9 miles from Cayucos)

    "Morro" is the Spanish name for crown. Named "El Morro" by Portuguese Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542. Morro Rock State Historic Landmark was formed from the plugs of long-extinct volcanoes. Home of nesting Peregrine Falcons. Morro Rock was an important navigational aid for mariners for over 300 years as its height of 576 feet made it the most visible in a chain of nine peaks. Morro Rock, sometimes called the "Gibraltar of the Pacific," is the last peak that extends from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay. The Rock is closed to any climbing or disturbance.

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  • Paso Wine (18 miles from Cayucos)

    The nutrient rich soils of Paso Robles and the surrounding areas within San Luis Obispo County are becoming recognized as some of the most prestigious vineyards in California. As such, Paso Robles is quickly becoming a top destination for wine connoisseurs worldwide. It is known for their Bordeaux-style wines, but with over 170 wineries and nearly every existing varietals are accounted for, this wine country has something for all wine lovers.

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  • Montana de Oro State Park (19 miles from Cayucos)

    This park features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills. Naturalists and backpackers enjoy walking the park’s trails. There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails as well as various campgrounds and day parking. The park’s name, “Mountain of Gold,” comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring.

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  • San Luis Obispo Vintners (24 miles from Cayucos)

    This wine region is comprised of three pristine viticulture areas: the Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley and Avila Valley. Our small, mostly family-owned wineries are well known for their hand-crafted bottlings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Zinfandel and more.

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  • Hearst Castle (28 miles from Cayucos)

    High above the Pacific on a site he called "The Enchanted Hill," Mr. William Randolph Hearst created his private retreat. This magnificent Mediterranean-style country house features guesthouses, gardens, pools and terraces. Once accessible only to celebrities and famous guests, this grand estate is yours to explore. Visit one of the world’s greatest historic house museums, located on California’s scenic coastal Highway 1 approximately 30 minutes north of Cayucos.

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  • Piedras Blancas Lighthouse (28 miles from Cayucos)

    The name “Piedras Blancas” means white rocks in Spanish. The Piedras Blancas Light Station is located about 15 miles north of Cambria on a rugged, windswept point. The Lighthouse was first illuminated in 1875 as an important aid to navigation. There is a rich human history and natural history that come together at Point Piedras Blancas. Tours include the historic lighthouse, support buildings, and a ½ mile interpretive walking trail. Tour information is available at

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  • The Elephant Seals of Piedras Blancas (28 miles from Cayucos)

    The elephant seal is the largest of all pinnipeds. Adult bulls can exceed two tons in weight and ten feet in length. Like many marine mammals, it was hunted to near extinction in the 19th century. Until recently, the huge seals lived in isolated areas far away from humans. In the early 1990s they started colonizing the unspoiled beaches and coves just south of Point Piedras Blancas, a few miles north of the famous Hearst Castle at San Simeon. Tourists may pull off Highway 1 into the parking area, take a short walk, and observe the elephant seals. Docents are usually present. For more information about elephant seals or other marine mammals that inhabit this area of the California Central Coast, contact the Friends of the Elephant Seal website at

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