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Beaches Near Cayucos

Discover Nearby Central Coast Beaches

Ready to sink your toes in the sand? When you stay on the beach at Shoreline Inn, you're minutes away from other best beaches and state parks on the Central Coast. Stunning, secluded and brimming with possibility, your moment in the sun has arrived. With blue skies ahead and more than a hundred miles of pristine coastline to explore, San Luis Obispo County's scenic shoreline is the ultimate destination for salt, spray and play. Discover uncrowded white sand beaches, enchanting tide pools, colorful wildlife and—most importantly—the peace of mind you came for.

Cayucos State Beach

One of the most popular beaches on the Central Coast, Cayucos State Beach is known for its historic pier, relaxed charm and tranquil beauty. Encompassing six miles of white sand beach stretching south to iconic Morro Rock, this pristine coastal oasis offers up an irresistible invitation to stroll, sunbathe and play. One of the best beaches for surfing and swimming on the Central Coast, you'll find ample reason to test the water, grab a board and find your perfect wave. Rife with natural wonders, Cayucos' network of shimmering tide pools is a favorite among adventurers of all ages: discover crabs, urchin and anemones or forage for seaweed along the surf with a one-of-a-kind tour. Ready to soak up a glorious Cayucos sunset? Cast a line off the Cayucos Pier, keeping an eye peeled for passing whales. Home to small town pride and a unique Front Street offering up everything from antique shops and smoked fish tacos to brown butter cookies and farm-to-table eats, you'll never stray more than a few steps from the sand. Whether you come to Cayucos to decompress from your to-dos or discover new horizons, you're sure to experience a whole new outlook. This, as the locals know, is known as a Cayucos state of mind.

Morro Bay - 12 min (7.2 mi) via CA-1 S

Home of iconic Morro Rock, Morro Bay offers up a bevy of coastal activities well suited for the whole family. Charter a glass-bottomed subsea boat, surf the waves surrounding Morro Rock or hop on a paddle board and glide across calm bay waters. A stroll along the Embarcadero paints a colorful picture: watch as fishermen haul in the catch of the day, spot frolicking sea otters in the kelp, or stop for fish and chips and saltwater taffy. Whether you pitch a tent at Morro Strand State Beach or fly a kite along the water's edge, you're sure to delight every member of your clan—including your four legged friend!


    Los Osos/Baywood - 19 min (11.9 mi) via CA-1 S

    Home to majestic Montaña de Oro State Park, Los Osos is the perfect playground for hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and nature lovers alike. Spend the day exploring this landmark's rugged cliffs, tucked-away sandy beaches and diverse trails and you'll promise to return year after year. The nearby Morro Bay Estuary—home more than 200 species of birds—offers ideal kayaking conditions, while the Elfin Forest showcases unique pygmy oaks with a flat, walkable trail.

      Cambria - 18 min (14.0 mi) via CA-1 N

      Where pines meet the sea, Cambria combines pristine scenery with a historic downtown charm. Hunt for shimmering sea glass along Moonstone Beach, where a one-mile boardwalk affords views of whales, seabirds and dolphins at play. Downtown Cambria is nothing short of enchanting in its own right: Featuring an eclectic mix of art galleries, wine tasting rooms and antique shops, it's easy to lose yourself on a leisurely afternoon stroll. Of course, a trip to Cambria would be incomplete without a taste of Linn's famous olallieberry pie, a local delicacy well worth the calories.

        San Simeon - 26 min (22.3 mi) via CA-1 N

        San Simeon's wind-swept coastline supplies an epic backdrop to William Randolph Hearst's grand estate. Spend the day touring world famous Hearst Castle, where the late publishing mogul's opulent pools, gardens and art collection come together under one awe-inspiring roof. A stroll along Old San Simeon's 800-foot San Simeon Pier, overlooking William R. Hearst Memorial State Beach, is truly fantastic at sunset (especially when whales appear along the horizon). Plus, the San Simeon Elephant Seal Rookery—where northern Elephant Seals can be spotted from an easily accessible viewing point—is a must-see for travelers of all ages. Seeking more of a trek? The San Simeon Bay Trail winds through coastal forests and showcases some of the region's most amazing secluded vistas.

          Ragged Point - 43 min (36.9 mi) via CA-1 N

          There's no doubt about it: The stretch of Highway 1 between Ragged Point and San Simeon is some of the most picturesque on planet Earth. Known as The Gateway to Big Sur, you'll cruise past seaside cliffs, black sand beaches and secluded waterfalls—that is, if you know where to look. Stretch your legs at Ragged Point Inn, where you can dine, shop and experience endless views of the glittering horizon. Seeking a photo opp to rule them all? The inn's manicured grounds feature a circular lookout point perfect for a selfie backdropped by the region's singular grandeur.

            Avila Beach - 35 min (29.1 mi) via CA-1 S

            Known for its sunny, white sand beach located just steps from shops, tasting rooms and restaurants, Avila Beach makes your next coastal excursion undeniably easy. Unfurl a beach blanket and rest assured knowing that your kids are splashing in some of the county's calmest waters—or take advantage of that glassiness with a spin on a standup paddle board. Kayakers will adore the scenic paddle from Harford Pier to the San Luis Lighthouse, populated by seals and otters along the way. Cast a fishing line off the Avila Pier or hit the Bob Jones Trail, a unique pedestrian path that leads from sandy beach to natural hot springs. Before you leave, be sure to pay a visit to Avila Valley Barn, a popular destination featuring farm animals, fresh produce, baked goods and a seasonal U-pick stand.

              Pismo Beach - 37 min (31.8 mi) via CA-1 S and US-101 S

              A classic California beach town bestowed with endless summer vibes, Pismo Beach is all about letting the good times roll. Surrounded by 60 acres of golden sand, the Pismo Pier & Promenade is the place to be: Walking distance from downtown shops and restaurants, you're never far from the action. Enjoy gourmet food and craft libations procured from a vintage trailer parked on the Pismo Pier, or take some time to cast a line into the surf. Kiddos will delight in a nautical-themed playground where fanciful marine animal play structures come to life. Hungry for more? Downtown, find famous clam chowder, incredible barbecue and sweet shops. For those ready to ride: Stop into a friendly surf shop, rent a beach cruiser or board and cast your cares to the wind.

                Oceano/Nipomo - 42 min (35.5 mi) via US-101 S and CA-1 S

                Marked by surreal dunes undulating toward the sea, Oceano/Nipomo is an otherworldly landscape brimming with opportunities to revv up and relax. Ready for a wild ride? The Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area (SVRA) remains the only beach of its kind to allow vehicles to drive on the sand. On the flip side, those looking to marinade in quiet solitude can have their day too. Embark on Oso Flaco's meandering trail, which stretches from the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Preserve to Mussel Rock, passing diverse bird species and habitats along the way.

                  Grover Beach - 41 min (35.0 mi) via CA-1 S and US-101 S

                  This family-approved coastal destination is home to casual eateries that'll have everyone in your party saying “yum!” Whether you head to the Rock and Roll Diner—a real train car serving up burgers, fries and Greek specialties—or savor upscale American fare and libations at Spoon Trade, you'll leave the table uniquely satisfied. Ready to make memories in Grover Beach? Toss the car keys aside and hop on an Amtrak train that stops a stone's throw from the sand. After a day of fun in the sun, a bonfire on the sand is in order. Strike a match under the stars, get cozy with your crew and get to roasting those marshmallows.

                    From galloping horseback along the sand to shooting that perfect curl, the Central Coast offers up countless ways to claim your perfect beach day. With uncrowded white sand beaches, exciting animal sightings and close proximity to fabulous wine, dining and cultural excursions, it's no wonder why San Luis Obispo County beaches remain one of the most coveted destinations in the country. Whether you find adventure on a dune buggy or seek moonstones in the rough, you'll capture lasting memories along this unique oasis. And when you stay at Shoreline Inn, you're in the center of it all. 

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