Snap photos of the jagged cliffs of Estero Bay in this charming town known for its pristine beach and intriguing indigenous past.
The large beach town of Cayucos is a scenic haven for vacationers on California’s western coast. Overlooking the picturesque Estero Bay on the Pacific Ocean, the resort provides plenty of fresh air and a serene atmosphere. Enjoy views of the undulating, mossy mountains that rise beyond the town skyline.
Among the highlights is the Cayucos State Beach just south of Cayucos Creek. Stroll along the main pier for excellent views of the bay. At the foot of the pier is a statue of a dolphin; spot its real-life counterparts along this Central Coast region year-round. Go swimming and surfing on typical warm summer days and bring layers for occasional strong winds. Take lessons and rent gear from the surf shops near the beach.
Trek along the coastal trails to keep warm on mild winter days. Stay until dusk to see the sun descend beyond the landscape. The beach is part of a state park covering 16 acres (6.5 hectares) of stunning coastal terrain.
Behind the main stretch of sand is the historic Cass House, where Cayucos founder Captain James Cass resided. Admire the elegant terraces and well-kept lawn of this renovated home.
Archeological excavations have revealed that the Chumash peoples inhabited the area thousands of years ago. Embark on a trip to Morro Creek to see one of their main former settlements. Continue south down the coast to Morro Bay for its scenic beaches and charming town center. It is said that indigenous practices were centered on the glorious Morro Rock, where seals and rare falcons now gather.
The town is north of Santa Maria and Santa Barbara in the northwestern part of Southern California. Fly to the small San Luis Obispo Airport in its namesake county and drive north for 24 miles (38 kilometers) to get here. Move around the town by bus or walk in the small town center.
Cayucos is a hub of relaxation with marvelous beaches and ocean views.