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Things To Do in Cayucos

Area Attractions, Activities, and More

Looking for the best things to do in Cayucos, CA? You’ve come to the right place. 

Our area is home to an almost endless list of amazing things to do, see, experience, and explore during your Highway 1 Road Trip. Stroll the historic pier, shop at our charming antique stores, sample the renowned fresh local seafood, and fish for your own fresh catch du jour! You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to filling out an itinerary here.

Thalassophiles will naturally be drawn to our shores and the multitude of ocean-based activities afforded by the beautiful beach. A wide variety of water sports — including kayaking, boogie boarding, surfing, windsurfing, and kiteboarding — are all easy to enjoy here. More relaxing beach adventures are always available as well, such as exploring tide pools, beachcombing, or just running your dog on the dedicated dog beach. Equestrian? Horses are allowed on the beach as well! In the evening, many visitors enjoy toasting marshmallows over bonfires as they watch the tide rise and the stars come out.

Inland exploration is no less satisfying. Visitors are always welcome to check out the unique boutiques and antique stores in Cayucos or spend the day pampering themselves at any of our local salons and spas. Kids love our playgrounds and community library, and the skate park is perfect for teens. Adults always enjoy exploring the region’s numerous vineyards and wineries, many of which offer tastings and tours.

Popular Area Activities:

Estero Bluffs State Park (3 miles away)
Located north of Cayucos and west of CA-1, the park consists of 355 acres of grassland that slopes all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Estero Bluffs’ rich ecological diversity provides a natural habitat for a number of endangered species (including the snowy plover). 

Morro Bay (5 miles away)
Morro Bay’s longstanding history as a thriving seaport encompasses beautiful ocean views and a tranquil yet productive estuary. From the multitudes of bird species to dozens of timid harbor seals, the area is home to a wide variety of marine life. 

Harmony Headlands & Hiking Trail (6 miles away)
Located just south of Harmony along the west side of CA-1, this area has a Mediterranean climate consisting of warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. This unique environment means the region is home to a wide variety of unique species.

Harmony, California (9 miles away)
Formerly a community of dairy farms, Harmony is currently home to Harmony Glassworks, Harmony Cellars, and a pottery studio. This quaint and enchanting town off Highway 1, just north of Cayucos, currently has 18 residents and one state park.

Morro Rock State Preserve (9 miles away)
This historic landmark was formed by long-extinct volcanoes and is the home of several colonies of nesting peregrine falcons. The rock was an important navigational aid for mariners for over 300 years, as its height of 576 feet ensured it was visible from the sea. 

Paso Wine (18 miles away)
The nutrient-rich soils of Paso Robles (and the surrounding areas within San Luis Obispo County) are becoming recognized as some of the most revered vineyards in California. As such, Paso Robles is quickly becoming a top destination for oenophiles worldwide. 

Montana de Oro State Park (19 miles away)
Rugged cliffs, secluded beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills make this a stunning destination. Naturalists and backpackers will enjoy walking the park’s trails. There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails, as well as many campgrounds.

San Luis Obispo Vintners (24 miles away)
This wine region includes three pristine viticulture areas: Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, and Avila Valley. These artisanal wineries are well known for their hand-crafted bottlings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Zinfandel and more.

Hearst Castle (28 miles away)
Perched high above the Pacific on a site he called "The Enchanted Hill," this magnificent Mediterranean-style country house was built by publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst and features guesthouses, gardens, pools, and terraces. Once accessible only to celebrities and famous guests, the grand estate is now yours to explore.

Piedras Blancas Lighthouse (28 miles away)
Located about 15 miles north of Cambria on a rugged, windswept point, this historic lighthouse was first illuminated in 1875 as an important aid to navigation. Tours include the historic lighthouse, support buildings, and a half-mile interpretive walking trail. 

The Elephant Seals of Piedras Blancas (28 miles away)
The elephant seal is the largest of all pinnipeds, with adults able to exceed two tons in weight and ten feet in length. A large colony has made its home just south of Point Piedras Blancas, a few miles north of the famous Hearst Castle at San Simeon.


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