​36th Annual Carlin Soule Memorial Polar Bear Dip

December 21st, 2016

Ready to wash 2016 off and start 2017 fresh? If so, then Cayucos is the place to be on January 1st. This year marks the 36th Annual Carlin Soule Memorial Polar Bear Dip at the Cayucos Pier. Hundreds of people gather for the fun and festivities beginning at 9am that lead up to the chilly plunge into Cayucos Beach water at noon.

San Pedro native and previous owner of the Way Station, Carlin Soule, came up with the idea in 1981. He couldn’t stand the fact that Cayucos was so lonely on New Year’s Day, so he gathered his family, friends and even some employees to dip into the cold waters of Cayucos and then turn around and run back to the beach. Carlin Soule passed away just a few years after he started this fun filled Cayucos tradition. Since then it has been dubbed the Carlin Soule Memorial Polar Bear Dip and attracts thousands of visitors, young and old.


  • 1.Does it cost to enter? No, this event is free and once you have completely submerged yourself from head to toe you receive a Certificate of Participation.
  • 2.How cold is the water? VERY cold, about 52 – 54 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 3.Can a wet suit be worn? NO wetsuits allowed. You are welcome to wear a costume and participate in the costume contest.
  • 4.What time is the plunge? NOON
  • 5.What time do festivities begin? 9am
  • 6.Where is the best place to watch the Polar Bear Dip? The Cayucos Pier.
  • 7.Will t-shirts be sold? Long-sleeved t-shirts and sweatshirts will be on sale at the foot of the pier.

We look forward to seeing you in Cayucos on New Year’ Day and if you are not able to make it, tune into one of the two Cayucos beach cams.

Shoreline Inn Beach Cam

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