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Cayucos Polar Bear Dip

Start the Year off Fresh

Ready to wash 2023 off and start 2024 fresh? If so, then Cayucos is the place to be on January 1st. Locals and visitors gather for a refreshing dip into the cool 58-degree ocean water, many in creative costumes. Fun fact: studies have shown that people who live (or vacation) next to the ocean live a longer life, and those who go into the water live an even longer life.  So mark your calendar for January 1, 2024.

History of Cayucos Polar Bear Dip

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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cayucos Polar Bear Dip

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 in Cayucos in January? 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 Polar Bear Plunge? NOON on January 1st

5. What time do festivities begin? 9am on January 1st

6. Where is the best place to watch the Polar Bear Dip? The Cayucos Pier.

We look forward to seeing you in Cayucos on New Year’ Day.

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