Welcome To California’s Incredible Central Coast!
Before we were forced into a more restrictive #QuarantineLife, my wife Alex and I took a socially distanced car trip one day north of Los Angeles, along California’s beautiful 101 freeway until we popped down onto Highway 1, which goes along the Pacific Ocean!
Welcome To Cayucos!
Located on the gorgeous Estero Bay on the Central California Coast, Cayucos is a really cool resort town – 3-1/2 hours from LA, offering incredible views of the Pacific Ocean – and all that goes on in it!
The town of Cayucos took its name from the original rancho land grant – which means kayak or canoe; a small fishing boat such as used by the Aleuts in hunting sea otters along the coast.
As you can see, it’s a quiet little seaside town, but that is why it’s so charming…oh, and it sits just a few miles north of the magnificent Morro Bay, where you can see this!
The 581-foot high Morro Rock towers over that town, and is clearly visible from Cayucos as well…time to take a walk and explore – and it all begins by heading out to the end of the iconic Cayucos pier!
The View From The Cayucos Pier!
As you can see, the views go on for miles in both directions from the pier, and to the left sits Morro Rock, calling out your name.
Here is a short video showing you all of this incredible beach:
The best part: you can actually walk all the way to Morro Rock from Cayucos – the entire walk right along the beach!
There are miles of sandy beaches — leading all the way to Morro Bay and its majestic Rock. However, along the way you will be distracted by things like this:
The Windsurfers Were Out!
There were dozens of Windsurfers taking advantage of the beautiful weather – and you can put a chair or blanket down not he sand and just watch for hours…or you can grab a bite to eat like this guy!
Cue The Hungry Sandpiper!
You see “shorebirds” everywhere – multiple varies – I think this is a Sandpiper but if it’s not, it was still having a great lunch while the windsurfers soared overhead!
The legendary Hearst Castle and San Luis Obispo wine tasting are both short drives away — but with a walk along the beach like this, you can find plenty to do right here as well!
That’s my rock selfie, and if you look inland, you can also see small caves at the edge of the beach, which are large enough to crawl into for a bit…
Cayucos is a perfect destination on California’s Central Coast, and such a short, scenic drive away!
Of course, since we were at the ocean, we had to enjoy a great meal at Cayuco’s terrific Duckie’s Chowder House!
And of course, it was a socially distanced, masked meal!
Alex had some nice grilled fish and sautéed vegetables, because it’s important to be healthy at all times, right?
NOT when there is a fried seafood platter available!
How could I refuse a platter with fish, shrimp, clams and these beautiful fried oysters!
Now, it this makes you hungry to come and visit, CayucosbytheSea.com offers complete visitor information for summer and winter vacation rentals, area lodging accommodations with hotel, motel, RV Parks, Bed and Breakfast listings, shopping information, restaurants, family activities, hiking, fishing information, and a street map of Cayucos too!
So, who’s up for some of this?
The Pacific coastline is truly spectacular – not only in California, but Oregon as well:
Alex and I also did a tour of Oregon’s spectacular coast, which included a trip to the Tillamook Cheese Factory, and you can see it all by clicking on my story here:
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Let me know if you’d done a road trip along California’s coastline!