Welcome to Cayucos
Laid-back luxury in a vintage California beach town
A light ocean breeze dances down the streets of Cayucos, bringing fresh salt air to just about every house on the block, and the scene is like something out of a dream. Early morning fog drifting off the water, the expanse of white sand, and an iconic wooden pier that has stood the test of time all add up to create a storybook version of the classic California beach town. Wander the streets of Cayucos, and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to a bygone era, one in which watching seagulls gliding lazily over the water is more exciting than the latest Instagram post.
This small community has been named the best beach on the Central Coast, which is an astounding accomplishment considering the stars shining along California’s coast. Real estate is as picturesque as the setting requires, and homes are made for indoor-outdoor living. Cozy beach bungalows line the shore, mid-century gems fill in the residential streets, and spacious new construction builds feature large balconies and rooftop decks.
What to Love
- Tranquil beach vibes
- Silky white sand
- An atmosphere of casual elegance
- Fresh seafood restaurants
- Central Coast’s best beach
As home to the best beach in America, Cayucos offers residents a prime opportunity to get out on the sand and soak up the sun. Sunbathing, strolls down the shore, and splashing in the turquoise waters of the Pacific comprises many a lazy afternoon in Cayucos.
Locals appreciate the laid-back atmosphere and classic California beach town ambiance, as well as the area’s sublime culinary scene. This close-knit community supports small businesses, helping entrepreneurs thrive.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Cookies are always a treat, but everyone’s favorite sweet confection becomes a thing of beauty at Brown Butter Cookie Company
. This family-owned bakery dazzles the palate with a signature brown butter flavor, as well as beloved choices like peanut butter, oatmeal, and seasonal options like honey.
Boho beauty and colorful cuisine define The Hidden Kitchen
. Naturally gluten-free, this relaxed cafe specializes in tacos and blue corn waffles; the dishes are works of art. The luxury of oceanfront dining mixes with beachy vibes at Schooners
to create a delightfully rustic setting. Lounge in the sun on the patio and gaze out at the ocean while noshing on classic New American dishes like oysters, burgers, and fresh seafood.
In a seaside village, even casual cuisine is exquisite. The laid-back atmosphere at Duckies Chowder House
is warm and friendly. The menu of chowders and fish and chips hits the spot after a day at the beach.
Outfit yourself for sand and sun at Cayucos Surf Company
. The surfer-owner has caught waves all over the world and brings expertise and a welcoming approach to Cayucos. Remember When
antique shop is all about treasure hunting. The eclectic collection of vintage gems will transport you back to a simpler time with unique items like bicycles built for two and retro home decor.
Things to Do
Thousands of locals flock to the annual July Fourth in Cayucos festival and parade. Early risers are rewarded with the opportunity to compete in the sand sculpting contest at dawn. The show's stars are the parade comprising hand-made floats and the fireworks display.
Skateboarding and beachside boardwalks go together like ice cream and waffle cones, and the Cayucos Skate Park
invites kids of all ages to join in on the fun. This small park features both wooden and concrete ramps and is meticulously maintained. The Cayucos Pier
is the heart of this lively beach town. Built in 1872, the wooden pier extends almost 1,000 feet out into the water and serves as a favorite spot for locals meeting up with friends or going for an evening stroll to gaze out at the water.
Friday mornings belong to the Cayucos Farmers’ Market. This dynamic marketplace fills with local farmers and artisans offering fresh fruit and vegetables, honey, artisanal cheeses, and more.
Residents of Cayucos enjoy access to excellent public schools, as well as acclaimed higher learning institutions, including:
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